Colorado Rapids

Pablo Mastroeni

The First Big Offseason Decision - Pablo

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As of now Pablo Mastroeni is essentially out of contract as Rapids Head Coach (I'm sure his contract probably runs to the end of the month or something but the games are over). The first decision the Rapids Front Office has to make this offseason is obvious' Will Pablo return?

To review his head coaching tenure so far:

2014: 8W-8T-18L - 0.

Colorado Rapids aren't as good as their record indicates

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The 2016 Colorado Rapids under Pablo Mastroeni are either really good or really lucky, or both. It's probably not both though.

Heading into the 2016 MLS season, not a lot of people had the Colorado Rapids on their "teams to watch" list. Much of this can be attributed to their 2015 season that saw the team earn a Western Conference worst 37 points while scoring the fewest goals in the league.

Seattle Sounders

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids, Western Conference Finals, leg 2: Player Ratings

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Seattle flipped the script in their away game against Colorado, and managed a 1-0 win against the Rapids. Pulling a page from their opponents' playbook, the away side absorbed pressure repeatedly, forcing the home team into hopeful, speculative shots. Seattle took advantage of a break to score a huge away goal.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids, leg 2: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"My first answer to that is we're not finished yet. My second answer is that I'm very proud of this franchise. The fans deserve that – they deserve it." -Brian Schmetzer

That was amazing.

The Seattle Sounders have won the Western Conference final and are moving on to MLS Cup for the first time.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Happy Zoning Commission Meeting Day!

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Another part of the stadium process occurs today, looks at current and former DCU players, and Kurt Russell kicks ass in the snow.

Hi there! Hope your holiday was good one. Hopefully, with the Zoning Commission meeting today, we'll have something to add to our list of things to be thankful for.

Rookie star Morris lifts Sounders into MLS final

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Commerce City (United States) (AFP) Jordan Morris scored a second half goal on Sunday as the Seattle Sounders defeated the Colorado Rapids 1-0 to reach their first MLS championship final in franchise history.

Morris scored in the 56th minute on a pass from Nelson Haedo Valdez as the Sounders took the semi-final series 3-1 in aggregate scoring.

Rookie star Morris lifts Sounders into MLS final

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Commerce City (United States) (AFP) Jordan Morris scored a second half goal on Sunday as the Seattle Sounders defeated the Colorado Rapids 1-0 to reach their first MLS championship final in franchise history.

Morris scored in the 56th minute on a pass from Nelson Haedo Valdez as the Sounders took the semi-final series 3-1 in aggregate scoring.

Colorado Rapids 0 – Seattle Sounders 1

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The Seattle Sounders won the 2nd-leg of their Western Conference semifinals series 1-0 on Sunday, knocking out the Rapids 3-1 in aggregate.

Morris winner leads Sounders past Rapids, into MLS Cup final

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For eight years, the Seattle Sounders failed to reach an MLS Cup final. Theclub was routinely in the mix as a perennial powerhouse, but repeatedly fell short in postseason play despite frequently entering as favorites.

On Sunday, the Sounders finally broke through thanks to the play of their young star, reaching MLS Cup for the first time in what has likely been the club's most up-and-down season.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids: Your Live Commentary

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A spot in the MLS Cup is on the line on Sunday afternoon.

The Colorado Rapids play host to the Seattle Sounders at Dick's Sporting Goods Park for the second leg of the Western Conference finals. The Sounders enter Sunday's match with a 2-1 advantage, but the Rapids' away goal in the first leg could prove vital if Pablo Mastroeni's side can poach a goal.

Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders MLS Playoffs 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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Two teams that seemed unlikely to get this far are on the cusp of playing in the MLS Cup final

The MLS Cup playoffs are winding down, with the second leg between the Colorado Rapids and Seattle Sounders being one of the three remaining games in the 2016 season. A tense first leg in Seattle saw Colorado take an early lead via a deflected Kevin Doyle shot, only for the Sounders - crucially - to get back level shortly thereafter via Jordan Morris.

MLS Cup Playoffs Match Thread: Western Conference Finals Second Leg

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There have been some blowouts in this year's MLS Cup playoffs, but coming into the final set of matches before the Final both conference finals are tight as can be. Both high seeds come into today's matches down a goal, but with away goals in hand a breakthrough will put them in good position to advance.

After eight seasons as contenders, Sounders looking to finally push to first MLS Cup berth

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TUKWILA, Wash. "Finally"is a much-abused word these days. Any transfer signing that takes more than five minutes to proceed from rumor to signed contract is finally consummated, the election is finally over, the playoffs finally underway, the whistle finally blows.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids, leg 1: Player ratings

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Seattle came away with a 2-1 victory over Colorado on Tuesday, but it's likely both teams will think they are in good shape heading to Sunday's game in Colorado. Seattle outplayed their opponents, and scored two deserved goals, but it was the Rapids who managed a vital early away goal that put them in a good position to advance with a decent showing at home.

West and East, four MLS teams look for validation

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All four teams left in the 2016 MLS postseason need the validation that winning the MLS Cup will bring for their clubs and their cities.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids, leg 1: Community player ratings form

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The leg one 2-1 victory was powered by a lineup quite similar to those that beat KC and Dallas. Roman Torres did return to starting, while Nelson Haedo Valdez stayed as a starting forward. The Rapids goal came Kevin Doyle.

We need you to tell us who performed the best in the win, as we all prepare for leg two.

Playing for 180 minutes in the MLS conference finals

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An in-depth look at what happened over the opening 90 minutes in the MLS Eastern and Western Conference finals.

Montreal and Seattle take final leads

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The Montreal Impact take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals and the Seattle Sounders are up 2-1 over Colorado in the Western Conference.

A sufrir en Denver. Los Sounders con ventaja momentánea en final de conferencia

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Los Sounders chocaron esta noche no solo con la incesante lluvia sobre el CenturyLink Field, se enfrentaron al Colorado Rapids, el segundo mejor equipo de la temporada regular de este año en la MLS. Y a pesar de superarlos 2-1 con un tiro de penal de Nicolás LODEIRO en el minuto 60, la realidad deberá asentarse en la mente de cada uno de los jugadores .

Goals from Jordan Morris, Nicolas Lodeiro help Sounders rally past Rapids

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SEATTLE Forgive Seattle Sounders fans if they thought they were watching a rerun: "Nicolas Lodeiro Delivers"is anepisodethat has been on repeat since midsummer in the Emerald City. The Uruguayan midfielderwas at it again on Tuesday night, drawing a second-half penalty kick and converting the ensuing attempt to give the Sounders a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids in front of 42,774 at CenturyLink Field.

MLS Conference Finals: SBI Live Commentary

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The MLS Playoffs resume on Tuesday night with the first leg of the conference finals.

Action begins in Montreal for the start of the Eastern Conference clash between the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC (8 p.m., ESPN). The two sides collide at a sold-out Olympic Stadium, promising a raucous atmosphere as the two teams battle for the chance to be the first Canadian team to play in MLS Cup.

MLS Playoffs 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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Follow along as the Montreal Impact hosts Toronto FC, followed by the Seattle Sounders taking on the Colorado Rapids

After what seems like ages, the MLS playoffs are back tonight. The first leg of both conference finals will take place on...Tuesday? Wait, what? Odd wrinkles of scheduling having to do with stadium availability and national TV demands have left us with crucial playoff games coming on a strange night.

MLS Playoff Preview: Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids

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Regardless of the team, the MLS Western Conference Champion will have overcome extreme difficulty in the past year to earn their title.

The Seattle Sounders are always expected to compete for MLS Cup, but the loss of Obafemi Martins, among other things, at the start of the 2016 season started a downward spiral for Sigi Schmid's team.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids in MLS Cup Playoffs: TV channel, how to watch live online

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The Seattle Sounders will face the Colorado Rapids in the first game of the two-leg MLS Cup Playoffs Western Conference Championship series on Tuesday, November 22 at 7 p.m. Pacific Time at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.

Colorado thinks they know how to stop Nicolas Lodeiro

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It won't work.

Nicolas Lodeiro helped reinvent the Seattle Sounders attack. It is potent and multi-faceted, often running through the Uruguayan playmaker's feet. He won the Newcomer of the Year because of his success converting to MLS play and the surge in the standings when the Sounders became his and Brian Schmetzer's team.

FOX Sports sends MLS studio show to Seattle for Western Conference Championships

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Studio show to be live at CenturyLink Field

As if you weren't counting down the days, tomorrow November 22nd, your Sounders FC are set to host the Colorado Rapids with kickoff set for 7:00 PM. FOX Sports is sending a studio show team to Seattle to cover the highly-anticipated match. Commentator Rob Stone will host studio coverage along with former MLS defender Alexi Lalas live from CLink.

CenturyLink Field converting back to soccer

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No NFL lines will be on the field for Tuesday's Western Conference Finals leg one (7 PM, FS1) against the Colorado Rapids.

The Seattle Seahawks beat the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night. Shortly after all the press conferences and locker room interviews their large media contingent started singing the tune that Seattle Sounders fans wanted - the NFL lines are disappearing.

Nos Audietis, Episode 236: Yeah, this feels different

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We finally get around to discussing the win over FC Dallas.

Thanks to a rather long break in the MLS playoff schedule, it feels like quite a long time ago that the Seattle Sounders got past FC Dallas to qualify for the Western Conference finals. But here we are and the Sounders are actually looking like favorites against the Colorado Rapids.

Brian Schmetzer

Osvaldo Alonso expected to play in MLS Cup

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Brian Schmetzer thinks he'd have a hard time keeping Alonso off the field, anyway.

Everyone in Seattle more than likely held their collective breaths when they all saw Colorado Rapids left back Marc Burch clatter clumsily into Osvaldo Alonso. You probably held your breath a little longer seeing Ozzie grab his knee.

Indetenibles. Los Sounders se coronan en el Oeste para jugar por primera vez una final de Copa MLS

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Finalmente. Después de intentarlo por ocho temporadas consecutivas, los Seattle Sounders FC jugarán una final de Copa MLS tras superar al Colorado Rapids 0 1 en el partido de vuelta de la final de la Conferencia Oeste. Jordan MORRIS necesitó solo dos toques a un balón que habilitó Nelson VALDEZ desde fuera del área y vencer la salida infructuosa del arquero Zac MacMATH.

After months of must-win games, Sounders prepared for task of taking on Rapids

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Throughout his time as Seattle Sounders head coach, Brian Schmetzer has instilled a mantra within the group. The coach wants his players to live in the moment, enjoying everything that comes with their success, but when tomorrow comes, it's time to get back to work.

Major League Soccer

Rapids End Season With First Home Loss Of The Year

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Well, that's it. Seattle outplayed us in both legs and they move on to MLS Cup after a 1-0 win yesterday. There really isn't much to say about this one. Colorado set a regular and post-season MLS record by having 16 shots with none of them on target. Much like we've seen all season, in a game they came in trailing by a goal they didn't get one shot on target.

Jermaine Jones ready to test open market as MLS contract expires

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It didn't take long for Jermaine Jones to let it be known he's ready to test the open market this winter.

The U.S. Men's National team midfielder took to Twitter shortly after his Colorado Rapids were eliminated from the playoffs to state his intentions for the upcoming transfer window now that he is out of contract.

Mastroeni confident of Rapids mentality ahead of Sunday decider vs. Sounders

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The Colorado Rapids may have lost the first leg of the Western Conference Final, but their form at home this season, coupled with a crucial away goal, gives the club a very good shot at reaching the 2016 MLS Cup final.

"It's not so much about how we're going to stop them [in the second leg], but more importantly how are we going to ignite our attack to put them on their heels,"said Rapids coach Pablo Mastroeni.

Andre Blake wins MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award

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This is surprising absolutely no one.

It's official: the Philadelphia Union's Andre Blake is the best goalkeeper in Major League Soccer, winning the MLS Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year award. Blake beat out New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles and Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard to take home the award.

The Rest

Sounders vs. Colorado - Aftermatch Aftermath: Business Professionals

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Success tastes good.

So. We made it. We're in the MLS Cup Finals. Well done, lads. However, with one task still ahead we cannot yet unclench our buttocks.

The Seattle Sounders are in the MLS Cup Finals. I've never written those words before but they look nice. They sound nice. It sounds deserved.

Plan B in MLS

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The Colorado Rapids became the latest team in the 2016 MLS playoffs to look out of ideas when their plan didn't work.

For All The Marbles

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That's the cliche this week at least
At home facing a one goal deficit. Didn't we just do this? Things are a little different this time around as the Rapids do have a road goal in their back pocked to a repeat of the LA home game means skipping extra time and going straight to MLS Cup. Of course I think Seattle is going to much harder to stop on offense than LA's geriatric stars.

Sounders Soccer is a clean sheet and a goal; that won’t change

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TL;DR version: You play to win the game

Heading to Commerce City, Colorado (1 PM, ESPN) the Seattle Sounders have a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. This is their best ever lead just a match away from the MLS Cup. Any result where they win or draw means that they advance. A loss by just one goal if they score at least one means that they advance.

Rapids' MacMath confident as he steps in for injured Howard

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For the past five months, Zac MacMath prepared for moments like this. It may not have happened the way he would've preferred, but he is more than confident to step back into the spotlight on a big stage.

MacMath will make just his second start for the Colorado Rapids since June 22when he minds the net on Tuesday against the Seattle Sounders in the first leg of their Western Conference Final tilt.