Colorado Rapids

Game Preview

Honoring Pablo

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7:15 tomorrow night Mastroeni goes into the Gallery of Honor
The Rapids are back home tomorrow night for the first time in three weeks. They'll be facing former assistant coach and the rest of the Under-A-Chivas. We'll also see former Rapids Martin Chavez and Nathan Sturgis, but not Martin Rivero who's season is over after a knee injury.

Depleted Rapids Head To Portland

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Maybe one of these guys can play?
Missing 4 starters Colorado heads into Providence Park (formerly Jeld-Wen Field) tomorrow night for a tough game against the Timbers. The Rapids have only ever scored once in Portland, and that goal should have been called offside but it got them their one win in Oregon.

Rapids In The City Of Brotherly Love

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I have this on my to-be-read shelf
July 12th 100 BC is the best estimation for the birthdate of Julius Caesar. One of history's great generals and the man who largely helped bring down the Roman Republic, a republic that inspired a number of great men that met in Independence Hall in Philadelphia 1800 years later.

Rapids Hope To Go Boom On The Fourth!

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Bellingham Bay, WA fireworks, same ones we saw 16 years ago at our wedding reception
The annual Independence Day game tomorrow with the Columbus Crew as the opponent. With the post-game fireworks the kickoff will be at 7:30pm instead of the normal 7pm. That means the tailgate starts at 4:30 and its not in its normal spot due to preparations for the World Lacrosse Championships that start next week.

Rapids Attempt To Extend Their Canadian Streak

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Rapids + Whitecaps = Wet
So far this season Colorado has 3 wins in 3 games against Canadian teams. Tomorrow they try to make it 4 in 4 as the league restarts after the World Cup break. Vancouver is in town as focus returns to domestic soccer. No word if Iranian World Cup squad member Steven Beitashour has re-joined Vancouver yet or not, otherwise neither team has players missing for the World Cup.

game review

Called That One

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Quoting my game preview from last Thursday:
2-1 loss, goal by Brown. I think the missing talent is too much to overcome for the Rapids tomorrow. Because of the weak defense the Rapids will get a goal but our inability to maintain possession in midfield will wear us down and Portland will get a winner late.

Rapids Battle Union To Draw

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A great deal of fight and a little bit of luck got Colorado a point in Philly on Saturday night. Coming from 1-0 and 3-1 down to finish at 3-3 says a lot for the fight of this team, but it also says a lot (not much of it good) for the defense. A rough day for a couple of players (O'Neill, Watts, LaBrocca) was balanced out by a great game from Powers and Brown.

Rapids Fizzle Against The Crew

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In front of a great crowd the Rapids shot themselves in the foot and gave away 2 points Friday night. A lackluster performance from the burgundy boys led to the Crew having the greater control of the match and getting out of town with a draw. For the most part the Rapids didn't play poorly, they just played very uninspired which allowed a critical error by Dillon Powers and Jared Watts to cost the team the result.

Colorado Gets Another Easy Three Points From Canada

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The Rapids returned to league play like they had never taken a break, while Vancouver looked like they had never started playing. Early dominance from Colorado led to a Dillon Powers goal midway through the half and a stupid PK given up by Vancouver near the end of the first finished off any hope the had.

Second Half Farce Leads To USOC Elimination

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The Rapids didn't bother to show up on Tuesday night until they were up 2 men and down 2 goals. By then it was too late. Pablo put pretty much the best team out there he could have and the response was luke-warm. Then Atlanta played dirty and cheap, the officials lost control, and Colorado lost the game 2-1.

Player News and Rumors

Portland Timbers player evaluations versus Colorado Rapids (second match)

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We have complete player evaluations for the Portland Timbers big 2 to 1 win over the Colorado Rapids back on July 18 at Providence Park. There are individual ratings for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the match, plus composite ratings for the coaches, team and other categories.

Portland Timbers turn tables & tempo on Colorado Rapids, win 2 to 0 behind goals from Urruti & Valeri

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The Portland Timbers had a tough week of distractions after two losses to Seattle, but they remained confident they could right the ship with a good effort. They got their first chance against the Colorado Rapids at home, however, they fell behind in the first half behind a Deshorn Brown goal. The Timbers were able to rebound with second half adjustments and substitutions to tally two goals to earn a 2 to 1 win over the Rapids for their second home win of the season.

What I'm watching for in Portland Timbers second match versus Colorado Rapids

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There has been enough off the pitch news surrounding the Portland Timbers and the Timbers Army for fans to keep up on, but nothing helps focus a group better like match day. The Colorado Rapids are just above the Timbers on the table, and a victory would give the home side a chance to build some momentum before a busy August and September.

Major League Soccer

Timbers rally late for rare comeback win

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By MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.- For the first time in its MLS franchise history, the Portland Timbers came back from a halftime deficit to win a match, knocking off the Colorado Rapids, 2-1, Friday night at Providence Park.

Maxi Urruti and Diego Valeri's second half goals overcame an early Deshorn Brown tally as Portland was able to win for the first time at home in more than two months.

MLS Ticker: O’Neill suspended, Anor cleared; Rey leaves Crew for Spain; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The Colorado Rapids will be without one of their starting defenders when they face the Portland Timbers on Friday on national television.

Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee announced on Tuesday that defender Shane O'Neill has been suspended one match and fined an undisclosed amount for "aserious foul play which endangered the safety of an opponent" in the Rapids' 3-3 draw at the Philadelphia Union.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Deshorn Brown

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Crew, Rapids finish locked in stalemate

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By DAN KARELL

With his team struggling to score, Ethan Finlay has stepped up to be the Columbus Crew's top scoring option.

Finlay took advantage of a crucial Colorado Rapids mistake midway through the second half and punished them, giving the Crew a deserved point in a 1-1 draw on Friday at Dicks Sporting Goods Park.

MLS Ticker: Feilhaber ready to return; Impact sign Piatti as DP; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Benny Feilhaber is hoping he can give Sporting Kansas City some much needed midfield relief.

After joining the team's long injury list on June 6 and missing the last three Sporting KC games in all competitions, Feilhaber says he's healthy enough to return to the field this Sunday against the Chicago Fire, if coach Peter Vermes picks him.

Rapids snap Whitecaps unbeaten streak, bounce back from Open Cup loss

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The Vancouver Whitecaps went to Colorado on Saturday tied with the Rapids for the fourth spot on the Major League Soccer Western Conference table. They leave bumped down in the playoff race after a performance unbecoming of a postseason hopeful.

The Rapids laid siege to the Whitecaps, out-shooting them by a whopping 19-to-5 with Dillon Powers and Vicente Sanchez breaking through for a 2-0 win and snapping an eight-game unbeaten streak for Vancouver.

Philadelphia Union

Beating Red Bulls: Philadelphia Union 3-1 New York Red Bulls

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The Philadelphia Union defeated New York Red Bulls 3-1 in an exciting match Wednesday night at PPL Park.

Following Saturday's dismal let down against the Colorado Rapids, the Philadelphia Union responded in style with an exciting 3-1 win Wednesday night against New York Red Bulls.

  • Conor Casey got the scoring started right away with a fantastic into the box.

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls

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Coming off a disappointing draw to Colorado Rapids, the Union will seek to rebound by taking three points from their rivals to the north.

UNION GAME #20
VS
PPL Park, Chester, PA
July 16, 2014
7:00 PM ET
ESPN2 - Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman
Know Thy Enemy: Once a Metro
Starting XI
Person or Persons Forward Person or Persons
Persons Midfield Persons
Players Defense Players
Person Goalkeeper Person
People Bench People
Stats (Explained Here)
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Poetry Corner Kicks: Union 3 - Rapids 3

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Poetry Corner Kicks is getting tired of these late goals.

Look, I'm glad the Union are scoring goals these days. I think their new acquisition, Brian Brown, can help them score even more. But this whole "giving up late goals" thing has got to stop. Some teams get this disease every once in a while.

In Pictures: Union 3-3 Rapids

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PSP photographer Daniel Gajdamowicz shares his look at Saturday's draw against Colorado.

Rapids rally to overcome two-goal deficit, draw 10-man Union

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

With a comfortable two-goal lead and just 14 minutes left in regulation, the Philadelphia Union looked able to coast to their second home win of the season. But a 76th minute red card quickly turned the tide as a 10-man Union couldn't hold back the deluge from the Colorado Rapids, who equalized for a 3-3 draw.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 3-3 Colorado Rapids

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Despite holding a 3-1 lead late the second half, the Union were only able to manage a 3-3 draw with the Rapids after Mike Lahoud was sent off in the 76th minute.

Seeing Red: Philadelphia Union 3-3 Colorado Rapids

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The Union's late 2-goal lead fell by the wayside following a red card to Michael Lahoud. The Union left PPL Park having drawn Colorado Rapids 3-3 and wishing for better.

The Philadelphia Union entered today's home game versus the Colorado Rapids optimistic following a big win in the U.S. Open Cup.

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Colorado Rapids

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Colorado Rapids roll through PPL Park to take on the home town Philadelphia Union in a Saturday night MLS clash.

UNION GAME #19
VS
PPL Park, Chester, PA
July 12, 2014
7:00 PM ET
6ABC - Marc Zumoff and Peter Pappas
Know Thy Enemy: Burgundy Wave
Starting XI
Conor Casey Forward Deshorn Brown

Danny Cruz, Cristian Maidana, Sebastien Le Toux

Amobi Okugo, Michael Lahoud

Midfield

Kamani Hill, Dillon Powers, Dillon Serna

Nick LaBrocca, Jared Watts

Fabinho, Sheanon Williams, Ethan White, Ray Gaddis Defense Marvell Wynne, Shane O'Neill, Drew Moor, Marc Burch
Zac MacMath Goalkeeper Clint Irwin
Andre Blake, Vincent Nogueira, Brian Carroll, Aaron Wheeler, Andrew Wenger, Austin Berry, Brian Brown Bench John Berner, Chris Klute, Thomas Piermayr, Marlon Hairston, Carlos Alvarez, Danny Mwanga, Gabriel Torres
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Union vs Rapids quick reference

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Get up to speed with the Union's history against Colorado. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Preview: Union vs Colorado Rapids

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Colorado looks good on paper, but six penalties have covered up for a sputtering offense. The Union will need good movement up top to pull apart their opponents' solid defensive shape

Sturgis

Rapids Acquire Carlos Alvarez

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Yesterday the Rapids traded Nathan Sturgis to Chivas USA for midfielder Carlos Alvarez. Alvarez is an attacking midfielder who was the 2nd choice in the 2013 Superdraft (taken before Brown at 6 and Powers at 11). He's played in 40 of Chivas USA's 49 games since being drafted with 2 goals and 3 assists in 2013.

Sturgis to Chivas USA?

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The first of 3 entries tonight.

Chris Bianchi ‏@Rapids_News 1h Deal not finalized- but Sturgis heading to Chivas USA, I'm told. Don't know what #Rapids96 receiving in return. #RapidsWest
If accurate it will be interesting to see what we get in return.

Atlanta Silverbacks

USOC Round 5 Tomorrow

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To distract everyone from Thursday's showdown with Germany we've got another U.S. Open Cup match tomorrow night. The NASL Atlanta Silverbacks are in town after beating FSL in the last round. Game time tomorrow night is 7pm and the tailgate starts at 5pm.

Today the Rapids found out that with a win tomorrow night they'll host the quarterfinal matchup and their opponent will be the Fire-Crew winner.

US Open Cup quarterfinal pairings

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Should the Fire defeat Columbus in round 5 of this year's US Open Cup Tournament they will travel for the quarterfinal round. Chicago will face the winner of the tomorrow night's match between the Atlanta Silverbacks and Colorado Rapids. The match will take place on July 8 or 9. Here's the complete breakdown from US Soccer.

The Rest

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Philadelphia Union; Match Days 22 and 23

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Two more games down in the 2014 season and Interim Manager Curtin continues a slow, but steady climb back into the playoff picture. A win against Red Bull and a late equalizing pk against Chicago gave the Union 4 more points and a handle full more talking points.

The Good: Bend, but don't break

Dropped points against the Colorado Rapids and questionable red cards had the Union on the edge of collapse.

Friday’s Soccer TV: Portland vs Colorado and Liga MX Apertura

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The Portland Timbers host the Colorado Rapids on Friday's soccer TV schedule and the Liga MX 2014 Apertura season kicks off. Read More

Loans, Suspensions, and Bobbleheads!

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The big news this week is the Rapids announcement that at the next home game on July 25th Pablo Mastroeni will added to the Gallery of Honor alongside Bravo, Balboa, Henderson, and Spencer. Due to his obvious responsibilities at halftime the ceremony will occur before kickoff at 7:15. Also the first 2000 fans will get a Pablo Mastroeni bobblehead.

Sanchez Suspended Two Games

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Today the MLS Disciplinary Committee announced a 2-game suspension for Vicente Sanchez after his tackle on Hector Jimenez last week against the Columbus Crew. You can see the tackle here. He'll miss the road games tomorrow in Philly and next Friday in Portland.

Its a fair punishment for what was, unintentionally, a horrible tackle.

Opposite View: Three Questions With Burgundy Wave

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This week we sit down with UZ from Burgundy Wave, SBN's Colorado Rapids blog, about our annual fixture against the club that won the MLS Cup the year the Union came into the league.

tBG) The Colorado Rapids are currently third in the Western Conference on the back of a stingy 1.1 goals conceded per game.

What Can Brown Do For You?

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Deshorn Brown and the rest of the first team manhandled Orlando City last night. Brown recorded a hat-trick while LaBrocca and Powers each put away one in a 5-2 win. The Rapids outclassed them all over the field and only a great early strike and lax defending up 4-1 got Orlando their goals.

  • Loved the (I'm sure unintentional) homage to Herculez Gomez with Brown taking a seat in the stands to celebrate one of his goals.