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.
Today, Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee heaped insult on top of injury when it issued Brad Evans with a fine for an undisclosed amount for using offensive, insulting and abusive language towards center referee Jorge Gonzalez in the 87th minute. The Sheriff's double-yellow means he will miss this weekend's match against his former club.
Former Revolution designated player Jermaine Jones scored his second goal in as many games for the Colorado Rapids in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Seattle Sounders at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Co.
Jones headed through a Shkelzen Gashi free kick in the 20th minute to open the scoring during Saturday's match.
Both Real Salt Lake and the Montreal Impact have emerged as contenders in their respective conferences, but the two sides will face stiff tests this weekend.
RSL, the league's last remaining unbeaten, travels to StubHub Center to take on the LA Galaxy, while the Impact host Canadian rivals Toronto FC in a match-up that should pit superstars Didier Drogba andSebastian Giovinco against one another.
The Columbus Crew finally found a win in 2016 after seven weeks of MLS action, while Real Salt Lake remained the league's only unbeaten team. Here's a look at all 10 match stories from over the weekend on SBI:
Giovani Dos Santos scored two goals and provided one assist to lead the LA Galaxy to a 4-1 thrashing of the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday.
Former Revolution designated player Jermaine Jones scored and assisted in his first game with the Colorado Rapids in their 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Jones, who was traded to the Rapids in March for a first-round pick and allocation money after contract negotiations with the Revolution reached an impasse, tallied in the 21st minute on a centering pass from Mekeil Williams.
Colorado Rapids fans had to six matches to see what Jermaine Jones could bring to their team, and on Saturday they had to feel like he was worth the wait.
In his first game back from serving a six-match suspension, and his first appearance with the Colorado Rapids, Jermaine Jones has scored his first goal and recorded the game-winning assist in the Rapids' 2-1 win against the New York Red Bulls in a snowy Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.
After some extended absences to start the season, two of the most recognizable stars in MLS will take the field this weekend, while a pair of Western Conference contenders meet up in an early season collision.
Two of the league's elite collide in Sunday's headliner as FC Dallas takes on Sporting Kansas City.
On the night of the club's 20th anniversary, Sporting Kansas City looked little like the powerhouse it had become post-rebrand. Now 3-2-0, Sporting KC stumbled to a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids, who were determined to ruin the home side's evening.
Coming off a stellar performance in New York over the weekend, Sporting Kansas City returned to Children's Mercy Park Wednesday night with a slightly weakened lineup to lose 2-1 to the Colorado Rapids.
Connor Hallisey whipped in a cross to the head of Dom Dwyer, who headed it past Rapids goalkeeper Zac MacMath in the 76th minute.
Following the 3-1 loss the Seattle Sounders suffered at the hands of Colorado Rapids, it's safe to say that the world is coming to an end. We had a good run, planet Earth. Thanks for the oxygen and water and stuff.
Our world has fallen into shadow, and most people in it died. The dead will not suffer the hardships of the terrible world that remains.
A Sounders team on an unbeaten streak takes on a tough Rapids side, fails miserably.
So much for streaks. So much for playing well. This week the mighty Seattle Sounders came crashing back down to earth after a promising stretch by losing on the road to the Colorado Rapids 1-3. This isn't the old Colorado team we are used to rolling over, though, this is a team that is 4-0 at home and has played strong attacking soccer all season.
"If we can continue to get 7 points every 4 games from here on out, we'll be in the playoffs."
Coming off the team's worst loss of the young MLS season, Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid was in a pretty positive mood on Monday after the team's first training session since Saturday's loss to the Colorado Rapids: "I think we've been in every game that we've played so far, and even though we lost the first three games I wasn't that disappointed in [the team].
Led by another finish from Jermaine Jones, theColorado Rapids earned their third win in as many games by toppling a fellow Western Conference contender.
Goals from Jermaine Jones, Luis Solignac and Kevin Doyle proved enough to overcome a second-half finish from Jordan Morris, as the Rapids earned a 3-1 win over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
The 6 PM game is on Q13 Fox (13/113) and Univision-Seattle (50/51/51.1).
Playing at a mile's worth of elevation can be rough. It's part of why teams in Denver tend to have great home records. It's also why the Colorado Rapids are better in the final 30 than their opponents (+1). Seattle Sounders FC will need to survive the 5280 with a reduced lineup.
The Saturday 6 PM game between Western Conference foes is on Q13 FOX and Univision-Seattle. Colorado Rapids enter the match 4-2-1 +2 and are a perfect 3-0 at home this year. Seattle Sounders FC are 2-3-1 -1 and have yet to earn a road win. Former Sounder Marco Pappa is out injured. Both Clint Dempsey and Nelson Valdez are questionable in the game.
In another MLS match marred by horrific refereeing, the Seattle Sounders lose to the Colorado Rapids. The 3-1 scoreline ignores that Kevin Doyle scored from an offside position. Brad Evans was so outraged that he immediately earned a yellow card for dissent. Not seconds later he earned a second yellow card, also for dissent.
The Saturday 6 PM game between Western Conference foes is on Q13 FOX and Univision-Seattle.
Off to a surprising start, the Colorado Rapids have 13 points in their seven games. They are all about stingy defense, grit and raw Pablo-monium. Even with a win the Seattle Sounders will not be above the red line.
1-0 win, goal by Jones. NY is also on short rest and playing at altitude and in weather. They haven't had much of an offense lately and our defense is pretty stout. This sets up for Jermaine Jones to make a big impact in his first game.
So it was actually a goal and an assist from Jones and we won 2-1.
Former New England Revolution Designated Player had a goal and assist for the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.
On Saturday, former New England Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones returned from his six-game suspension, collecting a goal and assist for the Colorado Rapids. Jones and the Rapids went on to defeat the New York Red Bulls 2-1.
Flipping the coin at the 5-1 win in 2013 I'd be happy to have another result like that one tomorrow night. Without ex-Sounder Marco Pappa though, that might be asking a lot. Of course Seattle is beat up as well, so it could be an interesting game. Game time tomorrow is 7pm so the tailgate starts at 4.
Sno fro! The Rapids are scheduled to play RBNY tomorrow. I say scheduled because the Winter Storm Warning that's on for the Denver area has everyone watching the Rapids social media accounts to see if this one is rescheduled. The last time this happened, the opener in March of 2013, it wasn't until 9:30 Saturday morning that the game was rescheduled.
Things are not going well in Sounders-land at the moment. Even when mostly healthy, winning on the road against Colorado wasn't looking particularly likely. But even with the squad that traveled, a draw seemed very much within reach. Of course, we all know what happened in the end.
Now that the pain of that loss has dulled slightly, it's time to tackle rating the players.
Colorado has made it look too easy tonight. The Sounders defense has been unable to keep the back line tight and they paid for it when Luis Solignac was alone after Dominique Badji sent a cross into the box.
Sounders matchup well against Mastroeni's mustache, Marc Burch's hair, and the Rapids defense.
Well I won't lie, the Rapids still suck. The problem is, they have more points than us. That can't stand. They can't stand. Mastroeni's boys are in 3rd in the West, 3rd! and they average one goal a match.
According to the Denver Post the Rapids will finally be signing draftee Dennis Castillo. It sounds like we're just waiting on paperwork from his old club in Costa Rica and that's been the reason for the long delay.
Castillo is a center back/right back out of VCU, drafted in the second round.
Hat-tip to Malcolm Reynolds/Joss Whedon for the title of this one. I'm not sure anyone saw that result coming. Going into KC with a 4 man bench (4!) and a makeshift backline the Rapids get their first multi-goal output of the season en route to their first road win of 2016. General Impressions:
That was an ugly 18, well 15, we suited up for the game.