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Kaka scores in MLS injury return as Orlando win

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Miami (AFP) – Former Brazilian star Kaka didn’t disappoint in his return from injury, scoring in injury time to punctuate Orlando City’s 2-0 Major League Soccer win over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.

Carlos Rivas and Kaka both entered the contest in the 60th minute.

Rivas broke a scoreless deadlock in the 70th minute with his first goal of the season - a sensational shot off his left foot into the far post that left Colorado keeper Zac MacMath no time to react.

Kaka scores in MLS injury return as Orlando win

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Miami (AFP) – Former Brazilian star Kaka didn’t disappoint in his return from injury, scoring in injury time to punctuate Orlando City’s 2-0 Major League Soccer win over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.

Carlos Rivas and Kaka both entered the contest in the 60th minute.

Rivas broke a scoreless deadlock in the 70th minute with his first goal of the season - a sensational shot off his left foot into the far post that left Colorado keeper Zac MacMath no time to react.

Rivas, Kaka score as Orlando City dominates Rapids

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There's nothing stopping Orlando City in their new homethis season, and the return of the club's captain certainly provided an even bigger boost on Saturday afternoon.

The Lions extendedtheir lead at the top of the Eastern Conference with their fifth win at Orlando City Stadium, a 2-0 triumph over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.

Kaka scores in injury return as Orlando win

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Miami (AFP) – Former Brazilian star Kaka didn’t disappoint in his return from injury, scoring in injury time to punctuate Orlando City’s 2-0 Major League Soccer win over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.

Carlos Rivas broke the deadlock in the 70th minute with his first goal of the season - a sensational shot off his left foot into the far post that left Colorado keeper Zac McMath no time to react.

Chicharito update, Kaka availability, MLS coach hot seat rankings: Brotherly Game Daily Links 4/29/17

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Late game tonight, in the mean time read these links.

Philadelphia Union News

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs LA Galaxy
One more week and one more match preview. Can the Union make these enjoyable to write again?

A closer look at the Philadelphia Union's 15-game winless streak
It's now 246 days and counting since the Philadelphia Union last won a game.

Lennon's late strike lifts RSL past 10-man Rapids

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The second week of the Mike Petke era produced a galvanizing comeback that proved Real Salt Lake's first win under their new boss wasn't a flash in the pan.

Yura Movsisyan and Brooks Lennon scored in the final five minutes of the second half to power the Claret and Cobalt past the Colorado Rapids, 2-1, on Saturday night.

MLS: Ex-Everton ‘Keeper Tim Howard Banned For Three Games After Calling Fan A “Motherf*****”

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Ex-Everton star Tim Howard has found himself on the wrong end of a three game ban after the Colorado Rapids 'keeper apparently called an opposition fan a "motherf*****".

The incident happened during Colorado's clash with Sportin Kansas City last week at theChildren's Mercy Park.

MLS Players Union criticizes security measures in wake of Howard suspension

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The MLS Players Union acknowledged Tim Howard's responsibility in last week's incident, but also called for the league to take responsibility for how the situation was handled.

Following news of Tim Howard's three-game suspension for an altercation with a fan, the MLS Players Union called for the league to take more preventative measures going forward.

Howard suspended three games for altercation with fans

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Less than 24 hours before the Colorado Rapids are set to play Real Salt Lake, they learned they'd be without their starting goalkeeper for three games.

Major League Soccer announced on Friday night that Tim Howard has been suspended for three games for foul language directed at a fan at Children's Mercy Park on Sunday in his team's loss to Sporting Kansas City.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 6

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Another week of MLS is in the books as several teams got their attacks on track in statement victories.

The Sporting KC attack overwhelmed the Colorado Rapids en route to a 3-1 win. (READ)

Orlando City locked up another shutout in a 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls.

Report: Minnesota acquires Cronin, Burch in trade with Colorado

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Thirteen days ago, Minnesota United and the Colorado Rapids were foes on the field. On Friday, they became trade partners in a deal that drastically improves the putrid back line of the Loons.

Minnesota is set to bring in midfielder Sam Cronin and defender Marc Burch in exchange for midfielders Mohamed Saeid and Josh Gatt, per theMinnesota Star-Tribune.

10-man Minnesota United hangs on for draw in Colorado

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Following back-to-back humiliating defeats to start their season, Minnesota United held onfor a 2-2 draw against the Colorado Rapidson Saturday.

The Loons were relegated to 10 men in the 70th minute, when Justin Davis stuck a high boot into the leg of Marlon Hairston. Despite facing a disadvantage for 20 minutes, the much-maligned Minnesota defense held firm to earn the first point in club history.

MLS Ticker: Giovinco set to miss match, Sjoberg undegoes surgery, and more

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Toronto FC has yet to win a match in 2017, and finding that first win just became significantly more difficult.

According to the Toronto Sun, Sebastian Giovinco has been ruled out of Toronto FC's clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps due to a leg injury, specifically a contusion to his illiotibial band.

MLS Ticker: Trapp inks new deal with Crew, Rapids sign defender and more

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Since signing with the club as a homegrown player, Wil Trapp has been one of the faces of the Columbus Crew, and the midfielder is set to remain one for at least the next several seasons.

The Crew announced Tuesday that Trapp has signed a new multi-year contract with the club. Targeted Allocation Money was used to sign the midfielder, who was named the team's captain prior to the start of the season.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 2

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Week two of the 2017 MLS season is now in the books, as one expansion team clearly established their superiority over their cross-conference counterpart with a serious beat-down.

The Chicago Fire scored two quick strikes, courtesy of Nemanja Nikolic and Arturo Alvarez and never looked back en route to a 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake.

The Warm Up: #COLvNE

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Who: Revolution (0-0-0, 0 points) vs. Colorado Rapids (0-0-0, 0 points)
What: Week 1 of the MLS regular season
Where: Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colorado
When: Saturday, Mar.

Minnesota United

Ibarra header leads Minnesota United to shutout win over Rapids

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Minnesota United's defense has been awful to start the season, but on Sunday, the Loons came together for the club's first MLS clean sheet.

A header from Miguel Ibarra would prove all the Loons would need en route to a 1-0 shutout win over the Colorado Rapids at TCF Bank Stadium.

Revolution vs. Minnesota United: storylines to follow in week four

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Can the Loons attack thrive without Kevin Molino? That, and four other headlines to track.

The Revolution and Minnesota United have both endured a lackluster start to the 2017 season. The Loons conceded 13 goals in its first three outings, but earned a result against the Colorado Rapids, one of the league's premier clubs, last weekend.

Tim Howard

Tim Howard issues first public statement following suspension

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Almost two weeks following the incident that earnedhim a three-match suspension, Tim Howard has issued his first statementon the situation.

Howard addressed the incidenton his Facebook page in a post that began withan apology.

"I let myself get too worked up after being provoked and said some things I shouldn't have," the goalkeeper wrote after issuing a formal apology.

First Round Of The 2017 Rocky Mountain Cup

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FSL, I hate these guys
Well the Howard news certainly puts a damper on this game. Its pretty much a must win game for the hopes of this season though. A flat game like we saw in KC and you have to start questioning what our chances really are this season. At home against our rival I expect to see fire and better play.

Special bond unites USMNT's Howard with childhood coach Mulqueen

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When Tim Howard was named to the U.S. Men's National Team roster for the impending World Cup qualifiers, he placed a phone call to the man who convinced Howard at the age of 11 that he had extraordinary potential as a goalkeeper Tim Mulqueen.

While Howard may have surprised some observers, including USMNT head coach Bruce Arena, Mulqueen never doubted that his 38-year-old pupil would be physically fortified following a long term injury.

game review

And before you know it, we're flying backwards

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Bonus points to anyone who can name the series above (which this post's title comes from)
Yep, another game, another defensive meltdown, another loss. We've gone from a historic home defense (7 goals allowed in 34 games, a league record) to one that's allowed over half of that in just 3 games.

Rapids Start Ahead Of 2016 Pace

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A very 2016 look brought a very 2016 result, a grinder kind of game for the 1-0 win and 3 points to start the season. Last year Colorado opened the season in San Jose and lost by that same scoreline, so we're ahead of last year's pace at this point.
General Impressions:
  • This was a very 2016 game.

New York Red Bulls

New CCL rules keep the Sounders spot in 2018

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We have a little more clarity on the 2018 CONCACAF tournament.

We finally have a little clarity on when and how the Seattle Sounders will participate in CONCACAF Champions League. After winning MLS Cup, the Sounders received one of the four automatic bids. They will be joined by FC Dallas (US Open Cup), Colorado Rapids (Supporters' Shield runner-up) and the New York Red Bulls (best record in the East).

Howard returns as Rapids fall to Red Bulls

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With World Cup qualifiers looming, Tim Howard made his return for the Colorado Rapids, but the U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper's star performance wasn't enough to lift his side to a result on Saturday.

The New York Red Bulls recorded their second win of the season, beating the Rapids, 1-0, on Saturday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

Jay Heaps

Lee Nguyen returns to practice for the Revolution

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Lee Nguyen is on the mend.

The unexpected bye week was good for Lee Nguyen, who was a full participant in Monday's practice.

Unexpected off weekend definitely a boon for #NERevs injured players. Nguyen back in full training today, Herivaux working off to the side.

Lee Nguyen Deemed “Day-to-Day” Ahead of Revolution Home Opener

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Jay Heaps taking a wait-and-see approach with his injured forward.

On Saturday, the Revolution will return to Gillette Stadium for the first time in five months. And Lee Nguyen may miss the party.

The newly-minted forward suffered an ankle contusion during Saturday's match against the Colorado Rapids and exited after just 57 minutes of action.

Heaps Cites ‘Missed Call’ on Critical Play

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Say what you will about Revolution coach Jay Heaps, but the man sticks to the script when it comes to his perspective on the quality of MLS refereeing.

Following Saturday's season-opening 1-0 loss at Colorado, Heaps pointed to what he believed was an incorrectly called foul on the buildup to the Rapids' breakthrough as the moment in which the scales tipped in the Rapids' favor.

New England Revolution

Rapids start season with shutout win over Revs

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Throughout the 2016 season, the Colorado Rapids defense proved to be the league's best en route to a shocking playoff berth. In the first match of 2017, the Rapids backline lived up to its billing, preserving a clean sheet to open the campaign.

Once again, the Rapids backline stood tall, shutting out the New England Revolution on the way to a 1-0 victory on Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Know Thy Enemy: Revs-Rapids Preview With Burgundy Wave

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New England and Colorado kick off the 2017 season this afternoon, will the Rapids miss Jermaine Jones?

Ah, the first weekend of the 2017 MLS Regular Season.

The air is crisp, the wind is steady, and I don't know how the weather gods picked today in Colorado to be almost 70 degrees but we bow to your greatness.

Revolution will debut new jersey this Saturday

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The Revs will be wearing their new red and white jersey against the Rapids.

It won't take long for fans to see the New England Revolution's new red-and-white jersey in action, as the club will wear it this Saturday against the Colorado Rapids.

On Feb. 12, the Revs revealed a new secondary kit, which replaced the one inspired by the flag of New England.

Revolution v. Rapids: Injury Reports

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Delemea and Angoua are healthy ahead of the season opener.

It looks like the New England Revolution's two marquee off-season signings will be ready for First Kick.

The Revolution's most recent injury report only includes one player, as Zachary Herivaux is listed as out with a right ankle sprain.

The Rest

Some Soccer News for Apr 24, 2017

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It's Day 114 of 2017.


The Dark Knight Returns:
The Dark Knight Returns! @Migue10Ibarra @DMickCreative pic.twitter.com/oGaWPuca8L — Bruce McGuire (@dunord) April 24, 2017


Double Diving Header!

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MINNESOTA UNITED

Schedule/Results:
-Sun Apr 23
Minnesota 1-0 Colorado Rapids - MU goal by Miguel Ibarra.

Fixing the Union - Striker Edition

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In this portion of Fixing the Union, we look at what is going wrong at the striker position.

Inspired by a mailbag question, this series looks at ways the Union could theoretically become a winning side again.

Long term, this one is an easy one. The Union need to spend the money on a Designated Player striker.

Sporting KC attack overwhelms Rapids in home rout

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Sporting KC continued to solve problems in front of goal, adding threemore home goals in another win at Children's Mercy Park.

Key offseason signing Gerso Fernandes sealed a victory for a Sporting KC attack that has started slow in the 2017 season.

Border War Week Starts Sunday

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Kansas to the East, Utah to the West
Hey, we're actually playing soccer again. Its been so long I almost forgot the season started. Its a par of border clashes in 7 days. First on Sunday we invade Kansas, then on the following Saturday we defend our turf from Utah. Game time on Sunday is 5pm, with the Rapids getting national exposure against Sporting on FS1.

Colorado Makes Significant Roster Moves

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A surprising set of moves from the FO today. So surprising that at first many fans thought it was an early April Fool's Day prank. It turned out to be real though. Let me break down the actual transactions, then we'll get into the analysis.
Transaction 1:
  • Colorado sends D Marc Burch to Minnesota in exchange for M Josh Gatt, M Mohammed Saied, and an international slot
Gatt is a 25 year old attacking midfielder who started his career on fire, getting 2 caps for the u.

International Duty Report

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Three Rapids were out on international duty over the break:

  • Tim Howard - USA: Howard started both World Cup qualifiers for the U.S. After not being particularly challenged in a shutout against Honduras he had more to do against Panama last night. While he did allow one goal there wasn't much he could do about it and otherwise he put in a man of the match contending performance the rest of the way.

USMNT roster for March World Cup qualifiers

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USMNT coach Bruce Arena named 24 players to his squad in advance of the March 24 World Cup qualifiers against Honduras (10:30pm ET - Fox Sports 1) and Panama (10pm ET-beIN Sport). The USMNT players start camp on March 19 in San Jose.

"We put together a roster that we think has balance and one that gives us an option in playing a number of different ways," Arena said.

New Look Defense Takes 1st Step

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Offseason signing Antonio Mlinar Delamea may have deemed his first MLS match "a bad debut," but that assessment might have been harsh all things considered.

Yes, the Slovenian international would've preferred to flip the score of Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Colorado.