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SBI MLS Game of the Week: Rapids vs. RSL

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Not too many people saw this coming. Nine weeks into the 2016 MLS season, and the Colorado Rapids sit atop the Supporters' Shield standings. Tied on points with Real Salt Lake, the Rapids will look to remain unbeaten for a fifth consecutive game on Saturday.

The Rocky Mountain Cup is on line at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, as an RSL team that has looked strong on both ends of the field faces off against a Rapids team that has excelled as of late (9 p.

SBI MLS Team of the Month: Colorado Rapids

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After waiting weeks to begin play this season, Jermaine Jones has made the Colorado Rapids a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference.

The U.S. Men's National Team midfielder came into Pablo Mastroeni's side in mid-April and helped them finish with an impressive 4-1-1 record during the month.

Report: D.C. United interested in Gabriel Torres?

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The Black-and-Red have been attached to a slightly intriguing name.

An interesting report from Panama reporter Jose Miguel Dominguez caught our eye today, hinting that former Colorado Rapids player Gabriel Torres may come back to MLS, and possibly to D.C. United.

Let's go with what we know about Torres.

Rapids earn tie despite two Impact golazos

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The Colorado Rapids made the most of the few opportunities they had to spoil two sensational Montreal Impact blasts at Stade Saputo.

Didier Drogba netted an extraordinary free kick nine minutes into the match, and Maxim Tissot scored a screamer from distance.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 4/30/2016

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More links than a jewelry store.

MLS recap

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The Rapids head North of the Border for the first time in 2016.

MLS Week 9: A Look Ahead

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Following a trio of midweek games, MLS returns with a full schedule and some intriguing matchups to headline the weekend.

Sunday's action features two marquee clashes as the Portland Timbers host Toronto FC, while the red-hot LA Galaxy take on a fellow Western Conference contender in Sporting KC.

Disciplinary Committee fines Brad Evans for abusive language

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Today, Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee heaped insult on top of injury when it issued Brad Evans with a fine for an undisclosed amount for using offensive, insulting and abusive language towards center referee Jorge Gonzalez in the 87th minute. The Sheriff's double-yellow means he will miss this weekend's match against his former club.

Jones Scores Again in Rapids Win

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Former Revolution designated player Jermaine Jones scored his second goal in as many games for the Colorado Rapids in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Seattle Sounders at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Co.

Jones headed through a Shkelzen Gashi free kick in the 20th minute to open the scoring during Saturday's match.

MLS Week 8: A Look Ahead

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Both Real Salt Lake and the Montreal Impact have emerged as contenders in their respective conferences, but the two sides will face stiff tests this weekend.

RSL, the league's last remaining unbeaten, travels to StubHub Center to take on the LA Galaxy, while the Impact host Canadian rivals Toronto FC in a match-up that should pit superstars Didier Drogba andSebastian Giovinco against one another.

Major Link Soccer: Jermaine Jones ready to play the villain

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"When you know people hate you, you get respect from that." Herbalife may be sketchy, but they're doing better than ever. No Neymar at Copa America.

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Did you know Cristian Roldan's older brother is an assistant athletic trainer with the Colorado Rapids? Me neither! But here is a Q&A with Cesar Roldan that reveals just that.

MLS Ticker: Drogba, Pappa, Wahl, and more

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Didier Drogba has been limited to just two appearances off the bench so far this season, but his first start is in sight.

Drogba has told reporters that he anticipates getting the nod this weekend when his Montreal Impact host rival Toronto FC.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 7

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The Columbus Crew finally found a win in 2016 after seven weeks of MLS action, while Real Salt Lake remained the league's only unbeaten team. Here's a look at all 10 match stories from over the weekend on SBI:

Giovani Dos Santos scored two goals and provided one assist to lead the LA Galaxy to a 4-1 thrashing of the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday.

Jones Scores in Rapids Debut

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Former Revolution designated player Jermaine Jones scored and assisted in his first game with the Colorado Rapids in their 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Jones, who was traded to the Rapids in March for a first-round pick and allocation money after contract negotiations with the Revolution reached an impasse, tallied in the 21st minute on a centering pass from Mekeil Williams.

Jermaine Jones leads Rapids past Red Bulls in stellar debut

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Colorado Rapids fans had to six matches to see what Jermaine Jones could bring to their team, and on Saturday they had to feel like he was worth the wait.

In his first game back from serving a six-match suspension, and his first appearance with the Colorado Rapids, Jermaine Jones has scored his first goal and recorded the game-winning assist in the Rapids' 2-1 win against the New York Red Bulls in a snowy Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.

MLS Week 7: A Look Ahead

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After some extended absences to start the season, two of the most recognizable stars in MLS will take the field this weekend, while a pair of Western Conference contenders meet up in an early season collision.

Two of the league's elite collide in Sunday's headliner as FC Dallas takes on Sporting Kansas City.

Rapids show grit to overcome Sporting KC in road win

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On the night of the club's 20th anniversary, Sporting Kansas City looked little like the powerhouse it had become post-rebrand. Now 3-2-0, Sporting KC stumbled to a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids, who were determined to ruin the home side's evening.

Midweek MLS: Wins for Colorado, Dallas, and San Jose

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The Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas won on the road to start week 7 of the 2016 MLS season while San Jose shutout New York at home. Read More

Rapids post big road win by halting Sporting KC

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Coming off a stellar performance in New York over the weekend, Sporting Kansas City returned to Children's Mercy Park Wednesday night with a slightly weakened lineup to lose 2-1 to the Colorado Rapids.

Connor Hallisey whipped in a cross to the head of Dom Dwyer, who headed it past Rapids goalkeeper Zac MacMath in the 76th minute.

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Nos Audietis, Episode 217: The Return of Jeremiah (to talk about a loss)

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Jeremiah returns to the show just in time to discuss with Aaron what happened to Seattle in the 3-1 loss Colorado.

Jeremiah makes his triumphant return to the show after a well-deserved paternity leave. He and Aaron recap Seattle Sounders FC's 3-1 loss to Colorado Rapids while trying not to drift offsides.

Sounders vs. Colorado - Aftermatch Aftermath: The Ruin of Man

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Following the 3-1 loss the Seattle Sounders suffered at the hands of Colorado Rapids, it's safe to say that the world is coming to an end. We had a good run, planet Earth. Thanks for the oxygen and water and stuff.

Our world has fallen into shadow, and most people in it died. The dead will not suffer the hardships of the terrible world that remains.

Seattle Sounders

Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids: Player ratings

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A Sounders team on an unbeaten streak takes on a tough Rapids side, fails miserably.

So much for streaks. So much for playing well. This week the mighty Seattle Sounders came crashing back down to earth after a promising stretch by losing on the road to the Colorado Rapids 1-3. This isn't the old Colorado team we are used to rolling over, though, this is a team that is 4-0 at home and has played strong attacking soccer all season.

Sigi Schmid confident Sounders can bounce back after Rapids loss

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"If we can continue to get 7 points every 4 games from here on out, we'll be in the playoffs."

Coming off the team's worst loss of the young MLS season, Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid was in a pretty positive mood on Monday after the team's first training session since Saturday's loss to the Colorado Rapids: "I think we've been in every game that we've played so far, and even though we lost the first three games I wasn't that disappointed in [the team].

Rapids topple Sounders to earn third straight win

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Led by another finish from Jermaine Jones, theColorado Rapids earned their third win in as many games by toppling a fellow Western Conference contender.

Goals from Jermaine Jones, Luis Solignac and Kevin Doyle proved enough to overcome a second-half finish from Jordan Morris, as the Rapids earned a 3-1 win over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Seattle Sounders vs Colorado Rapids 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for MLS match seven

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The 6 PM game is on Q13 Fox (13/113) and Univision-Seattle (50/51/51.1).

Playing at a mile's worth of elevation can be rough. It's part of why teams in Denver tend to have great home records. It's also why the Colorado Rapids are better in the final 30 than their opponents (+1). Seattle Sounders FC will need to survive the 5280 with a reduced lineup.

Sounders at Colorado Rapids: News, highlights, analysis

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The Saturday 6 PM game between Western Conference foes is on Q13 FOX and Univision-Seattle. Colorado Rapids enter the match 4-2-1 +2 and are a perfect 3-0 at home this year. Seattle Sounders FC are 2-3-1 -1 and have yet to earn a road win. Former Sounder Marco Pappa is out injured. Both Clint Dempsey and Nelson Valdez are questionable in the game.

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Sounders lose to Colorado Rapids: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"I thought we, as a unit, and I don't mean just the players, we as a unit€ -- coaching staff, players, you know -- we beat ourselves today." -Sigi Schmid

Not much went right in this match. The defense gave up three goals, the offense struggled to create dangerous chances, and the Sounders return home with no points.

Sounders at Colorado Rapids, recap: Seattle crushed by Jermaine Jones, referees

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In another MLS match marred by horrific refereeing, the Seattle Sounders lose to the Colorado Rapids. The 3-1 scoreline ignores that Kevin Doyle scored from an offside position. Brad Evans was so outraged that he immediately earned a yellow card for dissent. Not seconds later he earned a second yellow card, also for dissent.

Sounders at Colorado Rapids: Three Questions

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The Saturday 6 PM game between Western Conference foes is on Q13 FOX and Univision-Seattle.

Off to a surprising start, the Colorado Rapids have 13 points in their seven games. They are all about stingy defense, grit and raw Pablo-monium. Even with a win the Seattle Sounders will not be above the red line.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 7: Hot and cold

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Some teams were hotter than fire, while some teams were calling themselves the Icicles in Week 7 of the Power Rankings.

Week 7 was the first week of the season that featured midweek matches, and it set the tone for a week that saw some teams that were leading the pack fall off while others made a statement.

Rapids have options with Jones after star showing in advanced role

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Many expected Jermaine Jones to make an immediate impact in the Colorado Rapids midfield, but it is from where that impact was made that left many surprised.

In his first game with his new club following a six-game suspension, Jones lined up in an advanced position in Saturday's 2-1 winover the New York Red Bulls.

Welcome To Colorado Jermaine!

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From my preview on Friday:
1-0 win, goal by Jones. NY is also on short rest and playing at altitude and in weather. They haven't had much of an offense lately and our defense is pretty stout. This sets up for Jermaine Jones to make a big impact in his first game.
So it was actually a goal and an assist from Jones and we won 2-1.

Major League Standings: Sounders no longer basement dwellers

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Houston moved in with Vancouver not too far behind for the West's basement. It's nice to have moved out.

Sounders won again!!!! That's what matters. Also, we're out of the basement and that's pretty cool. We may not be above the red line yet but it is encouraging.

Wednesday 4/13-

Sporting Kansas City 1 - Colorado Rapids 2: Pappa starts and the Rapids win.

Watch Jermaine Jones score in first game back from suspension

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Former New England Revolution Designated Player had a goal and assist for the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.

He's back.

On Saturday, former New England Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones returned from his six-game suspension, collecting a goal and assist for the Colorado Rapids. Jones and the Rapids went on to defeat the New York Red Bulls 2-1.

Game Preview

Rapids Face Sounders Without Ex-Sounder

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Flipping the coin at the 5-1 win in 2013
I'd be happy to have another result like that one tomorrow night. Without ex-Sounder Marco Pappa though, that might be asking a lot. Of course Seattle is beat up as well, so it could be an interesting game. Game time tomorrow is 7pm so the tailgate starts at 4.

Snow Clasico 2: Electric Boogaloo

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Sno fro!
The Rapids are scheduled to play RBNY tomorrow. I say scheduled because the Winter Storm Warning that's on for the Denver area has everyone watching the Rapids social media accounts to see if this one is rescheduled. The last time this happened, the opener in March of 2013, it wasn't until 9:30 Saturday morning that the game was rescheduled.

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Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids: Community player ratings form

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Things are not going well in Sounders-land at the moment. Even when mostly healthy, winning on the road against Colorado wasn't looking particularly likely. But even with the squad that traveled, a draw seemed very much within reach. Of course, we all know what happened in the end.

Now that the pain of that loss has dulled slightly, it's time to tackle rating the players.

Colorado Rapids put another goal on the board, up 2-0

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Colorado has made it look too easy tonight. The Sounders defense has been unable to keep the back line tight and they paid for it when Luis Solignac was alone after Dominique Badji sent a cross into the box.

Colorado Rapids Scouting Report: Pablo Mastroeni's Wild West

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Sounders matchup well against Mastroeni's mustache, Marc Burch's hair, and the Rapids defense.

Well I won't lie, the Rapids still suck. The problem is, they have more points than us. That can't stand. They can't stand. Mastroeni's boys are in 3rd in the West, 3rd! and they average one goal a match.

Castillo To Be Signed, Finally

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According to the Denver Post the Rapids will finally be signing draftee Dennis Castillo. It sounds like we're just waiting on paperwork from his old club in Costa Rica and that's been the reason for the long delay.

Castillo is a center back/right back out of VCU, drafted in the second round.

No, They're Not Going To See This Coming

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Hat-tip to Malcolm Reynolds/Joss Whedon for the title of this one. I'm not sure anyone saw that result coming. Going into KC with a 4 man bench (4!) and a makeshift backline the Rapids get their first multi-goal output of the season en route to their first road win of 2016.
General Impressions:
  • That was an ugly 18, well 15, we suited up for the game.