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Rapids Select Two Forwards In This Afternoon's Part 2 Superdraft

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Rounds 3 and 4 of the Superdraft were held by teleconference this afternoon. The Rapids made two picks, both forwards:

With the first pick of the day by anyone the Rapids took Jaime Siaj out of Pfeffer University. He is believed to be the first player drafted by MLS out of that school. He also apparently spent time in the Real Madrid Academy before college.

Rapids Draft Two, Possibly Add A Free Agent?

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Today was one of the more uneventful drafts in recent MLS history. There were two big moves early with NYCFC and Portland moving up to 3 and 4 respectfully but after that the action settled down and for the most part teams stayed put in the draft or made minor moves. The Rapids stuck with their two picks and #15 and #24, picking up DU midfielder Sam Hamilton and Syracuse left back Liam Callahan.

Superdraft on Friday not Wednesday

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The last couple of times I've mentioned the Superdraft I've said its on Wednesday, the 11th. That's because when you type "MLS Superdraft date" into Google you get:
2017 MLS SuperDraft will start on Wednesday, January 11 and will end on Sunday, January 15
In reality the first two rounds are on Friday the 13th, not Wednesday the 11th.

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Rapids "Lose" A Draft Pick Today

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Last month a number of rapids fans (including me) thought the Rapids would have two first round picks in next week's Superdraft. After trading our pick to New England last offseason for Jermaine Jones we got LA's first round pick when we sent JJ to them. We also had a first-round pick from Toronto in the Clint Irwin trade.

MLS moves, Chelsea's 13th in a row: Brotherly Game Daily Links 1/1/17

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Happy New Year from everyone at Brotherly Game.

Philadelphia Union News

Union 2016 awards: From best goal to most surprising moment
After a crazy year that included many jaw-dropping ups and plenty of headshaking downs, Ryan Bright and Dave Zeitlin give out their Union 2016 awards.

D.C. United season review: Marcelo Sarvas

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Marcelo was an understated but vital piece of the puzzle in 2016

D.C. United was in need of some sort of two-way midfield help after Perry Kitchen said that he would not re-sign for the Black-and-Red at the end of 2015 (and eventually went to Scotland side Heart of Midlothian FC). They were unsuccessful in their quest to sign Antonio Nocerino from AC Milan after Orlando City tampered with D.

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.

New England Revolution

Revolution expecting “multiple signings before the start of the season“

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Revs GM Michael Burns says "international signings remain top priority for the club."

The New England Revolution haven't made a lot signings this offseason, but moves are on the way, according to General Manager Michael Burns.

Burns and members of the coaching staff have been scouting since the Revolution's 2016 season came to an end.

3 Bold Predictions about the New England Revolution in 2017

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It's going to be a big year for Juan Agudelo and two more predictions.

With the calendar flipping to 2017, we're just two months away from the New England Revolution's season opener against the Colorado Rapids. We've already given you five reasons to feel optimistic about the upcoming season, and now we're going to take out the crystal ball and offer some bold predictions.

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Players Staying, Going, and Coaching News

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A lot of news today. First, as expected, no Rapids were taken in today's expansion draft. Given how much interest was shown in projected drafts for Jared Watts I'm going to go with my theory that the deals on Sunday with the expansion teams included an agreement that they wouldn't take any players from Colorado.

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:

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Seattle Sounders

5 things you need to know about Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders ahead of MLS Cup

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Here are the projected lineups and major tactical keys to MLS's championship game

MLS Cup has given us a very intriguing match between Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders, and we should be thankful for that. Imagine for a second the 0-0 dourness of a sit-deep-and-counter Montreal Impact going to the Rockies to play the sit-deep-and-grind-it-out Colorado Rapids.

LOS MOMENTOS QUE MARCARON EL CAMINO A LA FINAL DE LA COPA MLS

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Hablar sobre los Sounders FC en el mes de diciembre fue, hasta el año pasado, un justo ritual de resignación por otra temporada fallida y de esperanza por una nueva temporada. Hoy en la noche, casi a mitad de diciembre, bajo un intenso frío en el BMO Field de Toronto, la Furia Verde estará jugando su primer final de Copa MLS frente al equipo de .

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.

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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.

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.

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.

The Rest

SuperDraft Round 2 Results

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They kept the second round under 6 hours!

Second round results here. Union picks will be in bold with articles on our prospects to follow today!

1.) Minnesota United FC: Alec Ferrell (Goalkeeper, Wake Forest)

2.) Colorado Rapids: Liam Callahan (Defender, Syracuse)

3.) Philadelphia Union (via Minnesota United FC): Marcus Epps (Forward, South Florida)

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Front Office Changes

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A couple of leadership rumors out of Commerce City today:

First, confirmation of how the Rapids are filling the void left by Bravo's departure:
With Paul Bravo out, Padraig Smith is now running point for Rapids' tech staff ahead of draft, Mastroeni and club spokesman confirm.

Homegrowns In, Bravo Out

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Interesting times in Commerce City yesterday as the Rapids add two homegrown players but lose a Technical Director. We'll do this in chronological order. ;)

Yesterday morning there was a press event at the Dick to announce the signings of the 4th and 5th homegrown players in team history, Ricardo Perez and Kortne Ford.

Hey Earnie, please sign Marvell Wynne

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Given the Union's defensive struggles down the stretch, a veteran presence should be welcomed.

After a catastrophic collapse from first place in the Eastern Conference all the way to sixth and barely squeezing into the playoffs, the Union conceded goals at an alarming rate. As a matter of fact, they conceded 55 goals in 2016 with MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Andre Blake behind them.

2016 Player of the Year

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my 2016 Player of the Year is the Rapids Goalkeeper. Yes, I'm splitting the award between Zac MacMath and Tim Howard. Both played the same number of games (19 league games, including playoffs), they both led a league leading defense, and they both dealt with the tough situation of being the #1 at different times of the year.

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.