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Rapids To Host USOC 4th Round Game

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Tonight the USSF revealed the draw for the U.S. Open Cup 4th Round. The Rapids were drawn at home(!) against the winner of the 3rd round game between the Colorado Springs Switchbacks and Real Monarchs, played in SLC. The Monarchs are FSL's USL reserve team. The Rapids will host the winner on June 16th at 7pm.

Breakdown Of 2015 MLS Salaries By Team

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A fascinating new study from Sporting Intelligence and ESPN The Magazine looks at wages across 333 top teams in the world.

What was most interesting for soccer fans here in North America was a look at how the 2015 wages by MLS club looked as that information has not been released to the public yet.

Farcical Reschedule For KC-Colorado To Oct. 21st

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Today the teams announced that Saturday's postponed game will be played on Wednesday. Oct 21st at 6:30pm Mountain.

Honestly this whole postponement turned into a comical mess where KC played the Rapids (and presumably the league) to get exactly what they wanted. Almost every MLS postponed game is played the next day.

Get Doyle Signed Now

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A week from now the MLS transfer window closes and the Rapids won't be able to bring any other players until the secondary window opens July 1st.

Last weekend Wolves played their last game of the season, missing out on the Championship playoffs on goal differential.

Currently Kevin Doyle's contract with Wolves run through June 30th and his contract with Colorado starts July 1st.

Montreal loses Champions League, New York draws Colorado

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Club America is the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League winners, beating Montreal 5-3 on aggregate to take the title. Read More

Colorado Rapids score late to earn 1-1 draw against 10-man FC Dallas

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The Colorado Rapids hosted FC Dallas in the physical and controversial second game of the MLS Friday night double-header. The teams met just two weeks ago at FC Dallas where the Rapids won 4-0 in what is their only win so far in 2015. For this clash, FC Dallas had two key players back in the lineup that missed the previous match against Colorado due to injury: captain/center back Matt Hedges, and midfielder Mauro Diaz.

Colorado Rapids score late to earn 1-1 draw against 10-man FC Dallas

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The Colorado Rapids hosted FC Dallas in the physical and controversial second game of the MLS Friday night double-header. The teams met just two weeks ago at FC Dallas where the Rapids won 4-0 in what is their only win so far in 2015. For this clash, FC Dallas had two key players back in the lineup that missed the previous match against Colorado due to injury: captain/center back Matt Hedges, and midfielder Mauro Diaz.

FC Dallas holds on for 3-2 win over Toronto FC after 3 hour rain delay

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After losing 4-0 at home to the Colorado Rapids last week, FC Dallas wasted no time trying to regain form as they scored just 30 seconds into their match against Toronto FC, a match that started Saturday night but ended early Sunday morning.

Dallas midfielder Fabian Castillo ran onto a long pass from left back Moises Hernandez and squeezed a right-footed shot between the near post and Toronto goalkeeper Joe Bendik to open the scoring.

FC Dallas holds on for 3-2 win over Toronto FC after 3 hour rain delay

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After losing 4-0 at home to the Colorado Rapids last week, FC Dallas wasted no time trying to regain form as they scored just 30 seconds into their match against Toronto FC, a match that started Saturday night but ended early Sunday morning.

Dallas midfielder Fabian Castillo ran onto a long pass from left back Moises Hernandez and squeezed a right-footed shot between the near post and Toronto goalkeeper Joe Bendik to open the scoring.

Clint Irwin and Brian Dunseth | Episode 505

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Find out why Colorado Rapids GK Clint Irwin sometimes feels "so left out", why he authors blog posts, and his thoughts on the Rapids' current form. In the second segment we talk to Brian Dunseth about the USMNT, RSL, and the rest of MLS.

Follow @clintirwin on Twitter | Follow @TheOriginalWinger on Twitter

Thanks for listening and don't forget to share (and rate on iTunes).

Spurs Announced As ASG Opponent

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This morning MLS announced that Tottenham Hotspur will be the opponent for the MLS All-Stars at the Dick on July 29th. A bit of a step down from last year's Bayern Munich but then most choices would be. Ticket details were also released today. Rapids season ticket holders will get a code tomorrow morning to buy tickets, they'll go on sale to the general public next week:

MLS All-Star Game (July 29th)
Midfield: $120
Sidelines: $70
Corners: $60
South Endline: $40

MLS Homegrown Game (July 28th)
General Admission: $10

You'll also have to pay for parking at the ASG but not the Homegrown Game.

MLS Team Of Week Dominated By The Colorado Rapids

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The MLS Team Of Week has four members of the Colorado Rapids, after they took apart FC Dallas 4-0 last Friday. Interestingly, the starting XI from whoscored.com, includes players from only four teams, the Rapids, Red Bulls, Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy.

It is not often that Player of the Week honors goes to a goalkeeper in a winning cause, but that is the case with Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo who was brilliant in LA's 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders at the weekend.

10 things we learned from gameweek 6 of MLS

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Here are the 10 things we learned from week six of the Major League Soccer season.

1. Orlando can be as good as they want to be

The Lions made one of the longest road-trips in MLS to play the newly confident Portland Timbers, and dismantled them in a convincing 2-0 win.

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Rapids Get Reinforcements

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Two reinforcements for Colorado today. The big news was the official arrival of our new DP, Kevin Doyle.
By all reports Doyle is now available for selection for any games. His readiness to play, especially at altitude, is still up in the air.
The other piece of news is that Joseph Greenspan has been cleared by the Navy to play in MLS this year.

Ask And Ye Shall Receive!

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Last night's post about wanting Doyle early was on-target. The Rapids just sent out a press release announcing they will get him registered before the May 12th deadline and he'll join the team at the end of May. Well done Front Office!

Colorado Signs Luis Solignac

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Today the Rapids announced the signing of Argentine striker Luis Solignac, something that had been rumored for a couple of weeks. He'll be eligible to play once his ITC and visa paperwork is done, so not tomorrow but hopefully in the next couple of games. Solignac will be looked at to fill the "#9" role that thee Rapids are so desperately needing but he's young enough that he shouldn't have much problem making way for Kevin Doyle when he arrives.

Sarvas Out (Temporarily), Solignac In?

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As expected the MLS Disciplinary Committee suspended Marcelo Sarvas today for two games for the stomp on Dempsey he committed last week. Chad Marshall was suspended one game for his tackle on Sanchez.

Those seem reasonable, though i would have gone an extra game each. Sanchez had a similar foul to Marshall's last season and got 2 games so I would have used that as the standard for Marshall and then given Sarvas a game more because what he did was worse than Marshall.

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Sporting KC and Colorado Postponed Due to Weather

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After an hour delay to the start of last night's game, and a forecast that saw more storms move in later in the evening, last night's Sporting KC game against the Colorado Rapids was postponed to a later date.

MLS rules on game postponements state that games that are delayed have to be restarted before 12am local time and must finish before 1am.

Match Day 11: A Game KC Should Have

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Sporting KC welcome the Colorado Rapids to Kansas City for the first time in two years this weekend when the two renew a rivalry that is the most played across all competitions for Kansas City. Tomorrow's game will be the 67th time in all competitions that KC and Colorado have faced off against each other.

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Game Will Not Be Played Tomorrow

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Official announcements from KC are that the game will not be made up tomorrow. The new date is still to be announced.

Colorado-SporKCs Delayed Due To Lightning

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Tonight's game has been postponed due to lightning in KC. No official word on rescheduling but it appears it will be tomorrow afternoon sometime. I'll update when we get an official announcement.

Game Preview

Welcoming The Sporks Back To The West

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A No-Win Scenario For KC?
SPORting Kc is back in the West this season and this will be the Rapids first shot at them as conference rivals since 2004. There was a bit of a rivalry between the Rapids and KC in the first decade of MLS but with Kc moving to the East that's been replaced with Dallas (due to owning them in the playoffs) and FSL (due to northern Utah sucking in general).

Lightning Strikes

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(Not Once but Twice)
There's a good chance of lightning in the area tomorrow night in Commerce City as the Rapids take on the former Clash. Forecast for game time is 50 degrees and 75% chance of thunderstorms. Luckily the wind should be coming out of the East so it will hopefully angle the rain a bit and allow the East roof that stops right over my row to protect me.

Rapids Finish Coast-To-Coast in LA

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Rapids on the LA River
72 hours (give or take) after playing RBNY in Harrison, NJ the Rapids will take the field in Carson, CA to face the Galaxy. No rest for the wicked as they say. LA meanwhile will have a full week's rest and will be playing at home. Colorado is currently undefeated on the road with 5 scored and 1 conceded.

Ridiculous Schedule Starts Tomorrow

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This is close to what the Rapids will be doing
The Rapids are in NY tomorrow to face the Red Bulls on their first leg of a cross-country trip that will have them playing in LA 72 hours later. Ridiculous scheduling that should have been prevented by somebody when RBNY asked to move this game. Game time tomorrow is 5:30pm MDT and Fleming and 'Celo will have the call on Altitude.

Didn't We Just Do This?

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Pareja two weeks ago
Same bat time (well almost) same bat channel. Tomorrow night the Rapids and the team-formerly-known-as-the-Burn face off on the second Friday night in two weeks on UniMas. Colorado scored 4 of their 5 goals this season on that night two weeks ago and hopes to continue to jump start the offense.

Current Town Versus Home Town

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Can we do this again?
Tomorrow night we're back home for our first "regular" 7pm Saturday game. The Sounders are in town for the annual (almost) 4/20 game. The means fish tacos at the tailgate! With kickoff at 7 the tailgate starts at 4. Bundle up as we're going to have temps possibly in the 30s.

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A Point Is Just Not Good Enough

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For the fourth straight game the Rapids finished with a 1-1 draw. Unlike the last two however there was no excuse for the Rapids failing to get all three points. In the first half the team played its worst 45 minutes of soccer since the season opener and in the second San Jose gave them chance after chance to get back into the game and it still took until stoppage time to score.

Tired Rapids Hold On For A Point

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Colorado finished its cross-country trip how they started, with a 1-1 draw, their third of the week+. The game was sloppy, due to fatigue from the Rapids and inexperience from the Galaxy. Arena decided to give a number of starters a break before their 3 games in a week this week and paid for the decision by losing 2 points Travelling 6000 miles and getting two draws against two of the better teams in the league was a successful week for Colorado.

Rapids Get Good Road Point, Saved Something For LA

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As I was saying:
1-1 draw, goal by Torres. This is a tough one to call, long flight, short rest, but RBNY hasn't been setting the world on fire either. If Pablo really does focus on just this game I think we can get a result.
Colorado went cross-country to the only undefeated team in the league on short rest and walked out with a point.

Rapids Tie Another League Record

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That record being consecutive home games without a win (10). A somewhat lethargic first half gave way to an energized second half, helped on by a Dallas red card, but the Rapids could only take partial advantage in getting a 1-1 draw. That puts us at 7 points in 7 games with a tough two-coasts-in-3-days road trip coming up this week.

Rapids Continue To Be Gang That Can't Shoot Straight

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Saturday provided a sstark contract between a top team in MLS and a team that...isn't. The main difference was shown in the ability to finish as Seattle had 3 goals in 17 shots, including two goal of the week nominees (and Martins will probably be a goal of the year candidate) while Colorado had 1 goal in 27 shots.

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Soccer TV: Orlando City vs New England and Colorado vs San Jose

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It's an MLS doubleheader on Univision Deportes on Friday night starting with Orlando City hosting the New England Revolution. Read More

Soccer TV: Chicago vs NYCFC and Colorado vs Dallas

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Two MLS games highlight Friday's soccer TV schedule, with NYCFC on the road at Chicago and Colorado hosting FC Dallas. Read More

The Rest

Time Is Running Out On 2015

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The Rapids are digging themselves a hole they may not be able to get out of this season. I know, I know, the season feels like it just started and I'm already saying we're on the ropes but the numbers are not our friends.

Currently the Rapids have 10 points in 10 games.

6 teams from each conference make the playoffs.

2015 At The Quarter Pole

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As of halftime on Saturday night the Rapids were exactly 25% of the way through the season. A quick recap:
  • 1-6-2 record = 1 pt/game
  • 8 goals scored in 9 games
  • 8 goals conceded in 9 games
  • Undefeated on the road
  • Winless at home
  • 10th place in the West, 17th place overall
So more bad than good there, which is probably a fair assessment of the season so far.

RBNY vs Rapids : Fitness and Commitment

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We had plenty of both but just couldn't finish clinically to take all three points. It's very disappointing to not get full points @The Cathedral of Football, especially when the opponent was very lackluster. Still this 1-1 draw gives us another valuable point and preserves our unbeaten start to the season.

Sarvas Out 4-6 Weeks

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Marcelo Sarvas had his knee scoped today and will miss 4-6 weeks. For a team that can't score losing its one significant established MLS offseason offensive upgrade is a big blow. Presumably we'll see Cronin and LaBrocca filling the hole this creates. In a perfect world (like one where we had an actual striker on the roster before July 1) we could drop Powers back, put Torres underneath the missing striker, and move forward but that's not really an option with our lineup.

Earth Day Roster Notes

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Two roster notes for today.

First, Serna and O'Neill got a callup for tonight's U-23 National Team match against Mexico and both got the start (the game just kicked off). They will be unavailable for Friday night's game against Dallas.

Secondly, due to injury and missing players the Rapids have recalled Eloundou from Charlotte.

Gol mágico de Martins contra Colorado es el mejor de la semana en la MLS

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Era casi una formalidad. La elección para el mejor gol de la semana fue abrumadoramente a favor de Obafemi MARTINS con un 64% de los votos recibidos en el sitio oficial de la MLS. El nigeriano hizo su cuarto gol de la temporada el sábado pasado en la victoria de los Sounders FC sobre el [...]