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SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 12)

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The New York Red Bulls stole the show with a 7-0 demolition of NYCFC, but the reigning Supporters' Shield winners were far from the only team to make a statement during Rivalry Week.

Both the Colorado Rapids and LA Galaxy extended their unbeaten runs to eight and nine games, respectively, to continue dominance atop the Western Conference.

League-leading Rapids edge Sounders in Seattle

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The Seattle Soundershad won theirlast four home matches but on Saturday night in front of41,028 at CenturyLink Field, the Colorado Rapids went on the road and, like they have all season, found a way to get the result.

The visiting Rapids converted their only shot on goal and walked away with a 1-0 victory courtesy of Axel Sjoberg's first-half header.

MLS Week 12: A Look Ahead

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MLS Rivalry Week is upon us, and some of the league's premier clashes headline the weekend's action.

One of the league's newer rivalries takes centerstage on Saturday as New York City FC hosts the New York Red Bulls following a sweep by the latter in 2015.

D.C. United 2016 salaries released

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Some surprises, good, bad or otherwise.

The MLS Player's Union released the list of player salaries as of May 15. Notable names over MLS include salaries for Tim Howard ($2,100,000 base compensation) and Jermaine Jones ($600,000) of the Colorado Rapids, recently acquired New England Revolution forward Kei Kamara ($1,000,000) and once almost-D.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/18/16

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Happy Wednesday everyone, enjoy the links.

Philadelphia Union News

VOTE Andre Blake for MLS Save of the Week
More accolades for the Union this week as Andre Blake has been nominated for Save of the Week honors for his 1st half save on a Didier Drogba header.

For Philadelphia's Sons of Ben, love of MLS started with DC United
Interesting article on how some Union fans first MLS team was DC United.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 11)

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While the ramifications of the Kei Kamara trade were felt throughout MLS, the two teams involved in the deal for the star striker earned positive results in their first games since the transaction was completed.

Utlilizing Kamara for the first time, the New England Revolution toppled the Chicago Fire, 2-0, on Saturday, while the Crew emerged with a 1-1 draw against the Colorado Rapids.

Tim Howard Pens Emotional Farewell Letter To Everton Ahead Of His Move Back Home

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After a decadeof faithful, shouty service at Everton,the end of the season will see Tim Howard mosey off into the sunset as heprepares to make the final Quantum Leap back home to MLS with the Colorado Rapids.

Understandably, it's all been a bit of a wrench for the 37-year-old goalkeeper, who decided to say farewell tohis adopted Evertonian family by way of an emotional open letter.

MLS Week 11: A Midweek Look Ahead

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MLS returns to the schedule with a busy night of midweek action, as five games populate Wednesday's schedule.

Headlining Wednesday's action is a clash of contenders from opposing conferences when the Philadelphia Union host the surging LA Galaxy.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/11/16

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It's gameday everyone. Enjoy the links as we await tonight's game.

Philadelphia Union News

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Los Angeles Galaxy-Brotherly Game
Here's the preview for tonight's game from our very own Jason Kates.

Philadelphia Union vs LA Galaxy, 2016 MLS: Match Preview - LAG Confidential
And here's the preview from LAG Confidential, our rival blog for tonight.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 10

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The Colorado Rapids continued their shocking run atop MLS, while the Montreal Impact and Columbus Crew combined to provide one of the season's most action-packed matches. Here's a closer look at all of this past weekend's MLS action:

Orlando City played the New York Red Bulls to a 1-1 draw in a match with a combined eight yellows and on red card.

Jones Scores Again to Lift Rapids to First

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Former Revolution designated player Jermaine Jones scored his third goal in as many games to put the Colorado Rapids atop the Western Conference table following Saturday's 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake.

Jones latched onto a Kevin Doyle layoff in the 47th minute and beat Nick Rimando at the far post to give Rapids a lead it would not relinquish.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/7/16

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Happy Saturday everyone. Unfortunately no Union game this weekend, so hopefully these links will be enough to fill the void.

Philadelphia Union News

Pontius Enjoying First Season With Union
CBS Philadelphia has a profile on Chris Pontius and gets into his hot start to the season.

SBI MLS Game of the Week: Rapids vs. RSL

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Not too many people saw this coming. Nine weeks into the 2016 MLS season, and the Colorado Rapids sit atop the Supporters' Shield standings. Tied on points with Real Salt Lake, the Rapids will look to remain unbeaten for a fifth consecutive game on Saturday.

The Rocky Mountain Cup is on line at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, as an RSL team that has looked strong on both ends of the field faces off against a Rapids team that has excelled as of late (9 p.

SBI MLS Team of the Month: Colorado Rapids

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After waiting weeks to begin play this season, Jermaine Jones has made the Colorado Rapids a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference.

The U.S. Men's National Team midfielder came into Pablo Mastroeni's side in mid-April and helped them finish with an impressive 4-1-1 record during the month.

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Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids: Community player ratings form

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It's always frustrating when many good performances don't add up to a win, or even a goal. These players know the fans expect more, but it's hard to point to a really bad outing for any of the Sounders in their loss to Colorado. While no Sounder made your jaw drop, there was plenty of attacking play to be excited about, and Jermaine Jones was effectively contained in the midfield.

Sounders vs Colorado Rapids: Three Questions

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JOEtv is carrying Saturday's 7 PM game. Prepare yourself.

For all the woes of the Seattle Sounders in 2016, at least they are a respectable 4-2-0 +3 at home. Two of those losses were back during the opening season's poor stretch. Recently they are 4-0-0 +5, with only Philly scoring against them.

Game Preview

Rapids In Seattle Just After Volcano Day

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May 18th, 1980
The anniversary of the Mount St. Helens eruption isn't exactly celebrated in the Pacific NW but it is certainly remembered and has been adopted by some as Cascadia Day. The Rapids head into a place where they've only ever one one game in their history tomorrow, the good news is that it was the most recent game that they won.

Rapids Face Ex-Village People On The Road

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The reason this preview is late
One more game in this busy week. Tonight the Rapids are in Columbus facing the newly branded Crew. Columbus has had a busy week of its own as a locker room meltdown led to the trade of Kei Kamara, who tied Giovinco for the most goals in the league last season. So we're going to see what kind of mental shape the Crew are in tonight.

Can The Rapids Make It 6 Of 6 At Home?

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Sporking KC is in town
Another quick turnaround this week as KC comes into Commerce City tomorrow night. They're on a bad run of results that was started with the win we got in KC a few weeks ago. Since then they haven't won and they've had trouble scoring. Meanwhile the Rapids haven't lost since that win in KC and have found their scoring touch.

Back In Time For The RMC

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In the Kilauea Iki caldera, in honor of our hot start
Well the reason I've been quiet since the game preview two weeks ago was a trip to Hawai'i. I thought I'd be able to do short updates during the trip but we were pretty busy. I'll have a look back at Seattle and Montreal next week.
Tonight though we look forward to FSL and the Rocky Mountain Cup game tomorrow night.

Sigi Schmid

Sounders vs Colorado Rapids: News, updates, highlights, analysis

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It's Rivalry Week in MLS which means the Seattle Sounders are hosting a team that could be called, at best, their 10th biggest rival. Ismail Elfath is the center referee in the Saturday night (7 PM, JOEtv) match. The Rapids are currently 7-2-3 +6 and are 1st in the Shield standings. They only have a single win on the road in six games played.

Chad Marshall, Nelson Valdez questionable for Saturday's match against Colorado

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Marshall left Wednesday's training session early with unspecified injury, did not train on Thursday

Heading into Saturday's home match against the Colorado Rapids, the Seattle Sounders hope to earn a much different result than that of Week 7's 3-1 loss in Colorado. Head coach Sigi Schmid recognized the threat that the Rapids present to the Sounders: "I think it'll be a good game, obviously Colorado is on top of the table in the West.

game review

Colorado Grinds To A Draw

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The Rapids dragged their way through the game on Saturday night on Columbus, doing just enough to extend their undefeated streak to seven games. This included maybe the worst half the team has played this season and a number of players looking dead on their feet by the end of the game. Luckily the team has a full week off before heading for Seattle.

Six In A Row

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From USAToday
Well it was very much a mid-week/short rest MLS game but the Rapids found another way to win it. This time it was Dillon Serna off the bench that found the winner. If you remember a few games ago in KC it was Serna's bomb after coming off the bench that rebounded off the crossbar to Gashi to finish that resulted in the winner over KC.

Rapids Take League Lead

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A stellar defensive effort combined with enough offense to break through has put the Rapids on top of MLS with a 1-0 win. They also took control of the RMC race, now with a win or a draw in the final game in August the Cup will stay in Colorado.
General Impressions:
  • Great first 10 minutes for the Rapids.

Real Salt Lake

Match Day 11: Real Salt Lake vs. Houston Dynamo

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The Dynamo are home and taking on Real Salt Lake.

The first rematch of this season is upon us. Since RSL came from behind in Salt Lake City to knock off the Dynamo they've played only one opponent; a 1-0 loss to league leaders the Colorado Rapids. Though the loss sent them down the ranks of the western conference RSL is one of the many teams challenging to be the best in MLS.

Real Salt Lake vs. Houston Dynamo Preview: Dynamo Seeking Strength at Home

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On this bumpy road, the Dynamo find themselves back home facing a strong opponent once again.

The first rematch of this season is upon us. Since RSL came from behind in Salt Lake City to knock off the Dynamo they've played only one opponent; a 1-0 loss to league leaders the Colorado Rapids.

Match Day 12: How Many Changes Does Vermes Make?

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Sporting Kansas City head coach, Peter Vermes did not mince words after Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo. Vermes laid into his team in a post game interview about their lack of effort of certain players and their intensity of the field. He hinted at changes coming for the next game, changes he couldn't necessarily make against Houston because of players getting tired.

Rapids extend lead atop MLS by topping rival RSL

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Jermaine Jones and the Colorado Rapids continued their recent hot streakwith yet another win on Saturday night.

The U.S. Men's National Team midfielderscored yet again, netting his third goal in four games, leading the Rapids to a 1-0 win over Rocky Mountain rivalReal Salt Lake.

Sporting Kansas City

Better Than Saturday, But Far From Good

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Sporting KC were unable to stop their current skid and extended their winless streak to seven games with a 1-0 loss against the Colorado Rapids. Making four changes to the lineup that lost 2-0 on the weekend, including club captain and vice captain Matt Besler and Graham Zusi, along with the team's reigning MVP Benny Feilhaber, as Peter Vermes hoped to find a way to end the club's run without a win.

Serna's late goal lifts Rapids over Sporting KC

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It took some time for the Colorado Rapids to find a rhythm in Wednesday night's game against Sporting Kansas City, but the introduction of midfielder Dillon Serna made an instant impact.

Substituted into the game in the 76th minute, Serna scored his first goal of the season just two minutes later to lead the Rapids to a 1-0 victory over Sporting KC at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

The Rest

Sounders owner stands, sings with supporters during Rapids match

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Adrian Hanauer spent the first half of the Rapids game in the Brougham End.

Even before Saturday's disheartening loss to the Colorado Rapids, this has been an emotionally taxing week for the Seattle Sounders organization. A season that has sometimes felt full of loud and public disagreements between the front office and fans added another chapter when Emerald City Supporters strongly opposed a sponsor "activation" meant to mimic tifo production.

Axel Sjoberg heads Colorado in front from a corner kick

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In a move that was very much against the run of play, the Colorado Rapids went up late in the first half via an Axel Sjoberg header from a corner kick by former Sounder Marc Burch. Before the goal, the Rapids hadn't had a shot on target out of three total shots.

Seattle Sounders vs Colorado Rapids 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for MLS match eleven

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JOEtv (in Seattle market) and ROOT Sports (regionally outside of Seattle) coverage starts at 7 PM Pacific. It is also on Spanish radio (1360) and Spanish TV (Univision-Seattle).

In their final home game in over a month the Seattle Sounders host the team that made them look the worst in the 2016 season.

Colorado Rapids Scouting Report: A lack of identity hasn't hurt them

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Sounders played well for about 35 minutes last time and it almost got them a result, this time should be better.

Colorado is first in the league. I'll let that digest for a second. Yes, the Rapids lead the Supporter's Shield 24 points from 12 games. The crazier thing, no one really knows how they do it.

Third Of The Way Through

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We are, roughly, a third of the way through the season and after a busy week last week this would be a good time to do a quick review of the year so far.

In my season preview I had the following predictions:
  • Rapids finish with points in the low-40s and in 8th place in the West
  • The Rapids get less than 12 points in their first 9 games, leading to Pablo's removal as head coach sometime in that stretch.

USOC And Salary Info

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Two pieces of news today. We'll start with the small stuff first. The 4th round U.S. Open Cup draw was held today and it was determined that the Rapids will host the winner of the game on June 1st in Arizona between Arizona United and the Colorado Springs Switchbacks, both USL teams. The game will be sometime between June 14th and 16th.

Crew earn tie with Rapids in first game since Kamara trade

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In the first game of the post-Kei Kamaraera,the Columbus Crew earned a hard-fought point against a Western Conference contender.

Following Thursday's blockbuster trade, the Crew earned a home draw against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night.