Tonight Orlando City SC beat the Ocala Stampede 2-1 in the 2nd round of the U.S. Open Cup. That means Orlando will host the Rapids next Tuesday at 5:30pm MDT for their 3rd round matchup. This makes the 27th road USOC or USOC qualifier for the Rapids in their history, including the last 11 straight. They've play (and won) 4 total home matches in 17+ seasons.
The Rapids put together another solid outing on the road Saturday night, getting a 1-1 draw in San Jose. They were a bit unlucky not to get the win however, being the better team for most of the match. After a couple of early chances by San Jose, Colorado took control for most of the half. Midway through it Rivero whipped in a corner to the near post and Nathan Sturgis redirected it inside the near post for a 1-0 lead.
After the Voyaguers Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg, Montreal supporters' groups were tremendously unhappy with their club's lack of showing in a 2-0 loss to Toronto. To "voice" what they saw as a lack of passion from their club's leadership in regards to the tournament, they sat in silence during Impact's following fixture to Chicago Fire.
Today Colorado announced they signed their 2nd Round Supplemental draft pick (first pick the Rapids had in the draft) Brenton Griffiths. Griffiths is a Jamaican international youth defender, playing for their U-17 and U-20 teams and played college ball at Tyler Junior College and the University of South Florida.
That was a lousy game to watch as a neutral fan, worse as a Rapids fan. It probably wasn't very pleasant to watch as a Sounders fan but at least they could celebrate 3 points at the end of the day. Two teams that were lucky to string 3 passes together wasted 90 minutes on the field. At the end of the day the difference was that one team (Seattle) followed up a rebound and finished it and one team (Colorado) didn't.
The Rapids will rely on their own Young Punks tomorrow The relation of the image and title to tomorrow's game is left up to the reader to figure out, though if you've read this blog for more than a year you should already know. The Rapids are in Norther California tomorrow to face the Earthquakes.
Colorado played perhaps its most complete game of the season as they picked up a solid win in Columbus for the first time since 2004. The Rapids got on the board early of a long clearance from Irwin that Buddle headed to Mwanga. Danny saw Harris in the box and chipped it to him. He was able to flick it into Buddle's path and Edson settled it and beat the keeper far post for a 1-0 lead after 8 minutes.
Ohio During The War of 1812 200 years ago next month the War of 1812 started. Prior to the U.S. actually declaring war, forces gathered around Dayton, Ohio in May in preparation. 200 years later, just down I-70, the forces of the Rapids will gather in Columbus to face the Crew tomorrow. Kickoff is at 5:30pm MDT on Altitude.
Maple-Drizzled Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs at the tailgate One of our annual invasions from Canada this week as Toronto comes to down for the only meeting of the year. TFC had a mid-week game in Canada's version of the U.S. Open Cup, where they lost 6-0 to their rivals from Montreal. So they're either going to be ready to put a beat down on the Rapids or completely whipped and ready to slink home.
Water and Electricity Don't Mix Sorry for the lack of anything but previews/reviews lately. big project at work finally finished today so I'll hopefully have more brain cycles to dedicate to writing. Look for a post either tomorrow or early next week about this year's USA Pro Challenge route.
Sunday the Rapids are in Houston to face one half of the former C+C Goal Factory, Omar Cummings, and the rest of the Dynamo.
Trap Game! Tomorrow the Sounders are in town to play the Rapids. As long time readers of this blog know, games against Seattle hold a added importance to me due to it being my hometown and a number of my family members (Hi Anthony!, Hi Rob!) who are Sounders season ticket holders. Game time tomorrow is at 4pm so the tailgate starts at 1pm with a double-theme of fish tacos and munchies.
Walker Zimmerman made his first appearance for FC Dallas Saturday, 113 days after being selected in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft. The Furman product came on as a late sub in the club's 2-1 victory over DC United.
The centerback had sustained a groin injury in the preseason and his recovery had taken longer than originally expected.
The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee was busy this week handing out suspensions to four different players around the league.
The Committee announced on Wednesday one-match suspensions to Chivas USA defender Mario de Luna, Vancouver Whitecaps defender Johnny Leveron, Colorado Rapids forward Edson Buddle, and Real Salt Lake defender Kwame Watson-Siriboe.
Well today was expected to be a busy day and for the MLS Disciplinary Committee it was probably a busy couple of days reviewing everything from last week.
First up is a reduction in one players' suspension from last week.MLS Commissioner Don Garber has reduced by one game the suspension issued to San Jose Earthquakes forward Marvin Chavez for violent conduct in a May 8 game against Toronto FC.
When Matt Pickens fractured his arm in a mid-March match against Real Salt Lake, no one would have imagined the 31-year-old might lose his starting job while recovering. But his replacement, Clint Irwin, might not relinquish the spot after an exceptional run that has seen him shut out opponents in three of his last five matches.
The Pitch Pass goalkeeper trend continues when Colorado Rapids 'keeper Clint Irwin joins the show to discuss his career and the current season. In the second segment, TV soccer analyst Brian Dunseth calls in to go around the league.
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Ryan Nelsen's coaching nightmare is showing no signs of coming to an end.
After conceding late goals in losses last Saturday and Wednesday, Toronto FC again gifted an opponent a late goal, failing to win for the seventh consecutive match.
Edson Buddle scored off a defensive gaffe by Logan Emery in the 86th minute to lead the Colorado Rapids over TFC, 1-0, on Saturday night at Dicks Sporting Goods Park in a game that was marked by poor passing from both sides and a lack of rhythm throughout.
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber was in Columbus on Thursday to announce the next host of the MLS Business Summit.
At a press conference held at Crew Stadium, Garber and Columbus Crew President and G.M. Marc McCullers jointly announced that Ohio's capital city would be hosting this year's business summit from September 10-12.
Amid the myriad of injuries and plethora of new faces deputized by head coach Oscar Pareja during a month of April that saw the Colorado Rapids overachieve, there has been one surprising constant in the starting lineup.
Rookie Dillon Powers was there for every minute, and didn't just play every one of them, he managed to excel in his midfield role despite it being just his second month as a pro.
One of the bright spots for the LA Galaxy this season has been the play of 18-year-old Jack McBean, who has played in all seven league matches so far this season. But McBean's season has been derailed after suffering a broken collar bone in a collision with Real Salt Lake centerback Nat Borchers.
The Vancouver Whitecaps got two late goals to prevent an embarrassing loss to FC Edmonton in the first leg of the Canadian Championship semifinals. Trailing 2-1 for the majority of the match, Vancouver scored the tying goal in the 84 minute off a Camilo penalty kick.
The Seattle Sounders hit rock bottom in last week's SBI MLS Power Rankings, but after recording their first win of the season the Sounders look poised to start their climb toward the top.
The Sounders defeated the Colorado Rapids to not only erase the zero from their win column, but also to help open the account for Nigerian forward Obafemi Martins, who scored his first Seattle goal on Saturday.
Monday was a day FC Dallas fans, the organization and one current player in particular would rather forget. It was the one-year anniversary of then-captain Ugo Ihemelu suffering a concussion in a 2-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids at FC Dallas Stadium.
And as everyone knows, Ihemelu has yet to return to the field and now that the one-year mark has come and gone, the questions about whether or not he ever plays another minute for FCD begin anew.
To the surprise of no one, MLS suspended Alan Gordon for three games for using a gay slur in Sunday's loss to the Portland Timbers. Since the incident, Gordon has been unable to sleep and apologized to Robbie Rogersthrough Steven Lenhart.
That was a lousy game to watch as a neutral fan, worse as a Toronto fan. It probably wasn't very pleasant to watch as a Rapids fan but at least we can celebrate 3 points at the end of the day. Two teams that were lucky to string 3 passes together wasted 90 minutes on the field. At the end of the day the difference was that one team (Toronto) were absolute clowns and one team (Colorado) were merely lousy.
Colorado outplayed Houston for much of the match, but yet again an untimely injury changed the match and Houston managed to scramble back into it for a point. The Rapids were the dominant team in the first half, pressing Houston repeatedly and not being afraid to get physical with them. Harris had the first two chances but couldn't get them on frame.
The Houston Dynamo didn't play like they usually do at home, but the Colorado Rapids weren't able to make the most of an uncharacteristically flat Dynamo performance and gave Giles Barnes enough room to deliver some magic and keep Houston unbeaten at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Watching the big game this afternoon on national teevee? (That would be the Montreal Impact and the Chicago Fire on NBCSN, if you're wondering.) Following along all day on MLS Live? Watching the European leagues this morning? Do you actually get Unimas and will watch Sunday's tilt (Houston Dynamo hosting the Colorado Rapids)?
PSP analyzes Philadelphia Union's salary breakdown and identifies the steals (like Ray Gaddis, pictured), veteran bargains, surprises, and winner of the Juan Diego Gonzalez Award. Also, we take a look at several potential trade scenarios for Bakary Soumare.
Game recap tonight (if I can quit laughing about it long enough to write it), salary discussion tomorrow, but first this. Colorado just announced that they've signed German Mera, a big left-footed centerback on loan from Deportivo Cali until the end of the season. He fills the roster and international spot freed up by Calderon (or Castrillon, or Harbottle) being on IR.
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