It wasn't a glamorous week forMLS rookies, but don't tell Marlon Hairston that.
The Colorado Rapids midfielder wasn't in the starting lineup for the Colorado Rapids'weekendmatch against Chivas USA, but his talents were certainly needed when Jared Watts went down with an injury in the 42nd minute.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Colorado had an easy night against Chivas USA. Complete dominance early led to a 2-0 halftime lead and Gaby Torres' first goal of the season in the second half finished the job for a 3-0 win. The Rapids outshot Chivas 16-4, shots on target were 7-1 to Colorado's favor, and the home team had 6 corners to the visitors 3 (and none of those were until the second half).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 + 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here's a look at all three of the bobbleheads the Rapids have created,
Also a kudos to the Rapids FO for going above and beyond. They worked with C38 on the bobblehead giveaway to make sure the people involved in putting on the tailgate for the fans (and as such, unable to get into the stadium early to get a bobblehead) were taken care of.
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.
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.
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.