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Its Still A Rivalry Game

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Just say no to Utah
The Rocky Mountain Cup might be over for the year but this is still a rivalry game and the Rapids still need to put a beat down on FSL. A loss tomorrow would make the Rapids the first team to be swept in RMC play in the 10 years of competition. Game time tomorrow is 8pm but since the game is on NBC Sports the kickoff will be more like 8:20 or so.

Rapids Hope For Something To Change Against Portland

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Lance and the Rapids both lost 7 in a row
After setting a new record losing streak and worst loss last week the Rapids will try to avoid their 3rd worst single-season winless streak by beating the Timbers tomorrow night at the Dick. Just for the record the top two are 10 games (2007) and 9 games (2001).

Rapids Try To Avoid Seven In A Row Against Galaxy

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The Pleiades or the Seven Sisters
Colorado looks for their first points since July 25th tomorrow night in LA. A loss would be a team record seventh in a row. Game time tomorrow night is listed at 8:30pm but its an NBC Sports game, which means kcikoff will actually be somewhere between 8:50 and 9pm.

Rapids In Seattle, This Never Ends Well

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Our mantra for a while
10 games, 1 point, 7 goals, -18 goal differential. That's the Rapids all-time record in my hometown where they'll be playing tomorrow. This is not good. We found out this week that Jared Watts will join Drew Moor and Shane O'Neill on the not available list, which has left Pablo trying Burch and Piermayr at CB and Serna at RB.

The Beginning Of The Rest Of The Season

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This, sadly, may be how we feel tomorrow night
Landon Donovan and the LA Galaxy are in town tomorrow night. This will be (barring a miracle playoff matchup) Landon's last game in Colorado. Well, unless he pulls a Farve which I expect him to do. I'm really hoping the Rapids aren't going to play the Denver Broncos to LA's Seattle Seahawks.

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Well, We Didn't Lose.

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The Rapids ended their 7 game losing streak but continued their winless streak with a 2-2 draw against the Timbers. In a game marred by lousy refereeing a draw was probably a fair result with how the teams played. Again Colorado gave up the first goal right before half (the cleanest goal of the game) leveled the score right after half, took the lead, then gave it up late.

Rapids Set Records

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Early game review this week because its very short.

Fasted red card in league history (23 seconds, former record 2+ minutes)

Worst loss in team history (prior record was a 5 goal loss)

One of the 7 worst losses in league history (two 7 goal losses and this was the fifth 6 goal loss)

Seven game losing streak is now the worst in team history (prior record was a six game losing streak, twice)

This is a real low point in team history.

Yet Another Loss In Seattle

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In a reversal from the LA home game our defense actually played well but our offense went missing. A 10 second mental lapse from Marc Burch let Dempsey get free on a corner and that's all he needed to score the only goal of the game. Meanwhile at the other end of the field the Rapids managed just two shots on goal, neither one of which was particularly dangerous.

Well, At Least It Was Entertaining

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As expected the Rapids leaked goals like a sieve. Unexpectedly the offense actually showed up for a half, scoring 3 nice goals. Sadly that wasn't enough and the Rapids lost their 5th straight 4-3, with the retiring Donovan getting the winner. Defensively this was the same game we've seen in the last 5 games, but at least the offense made it an interesting game.

Keep Calm And Wait For 2015

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Once again the Rapids gave up a goal in the first 15 minutes due to a stupid mistake. Once again they were forced to chase the game. Once again they were burned for more goals while chasing the game. Once again they lost.

If this sounds familiar its because its the fourth straight game that's looked this way.

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Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Colorado Rapids third match

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 2 all draw versus the Colorado Rapids from their September 13th match in Denver. There are ratings for every Portland Timbers player that appeared, plus marks for the coaches, opponent, officials and a team rating.

Timbers salvage draw with Colorado despite officiating challenges and uneven offensive effort

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The Portland Timbers had hoped to regain fifth place in the Western Conference and help their playoff hopes, but in order to do that, they would need to win in Colorado against the Colorado Rapids - a place that hasn't been very good to them historically. While Diego Valeri staked them to a lead, the Timbers had to rally late behind a Gaston Fernandez goal to secure a 2 all draw on the road.

What I am watching for in Portland Timbers third match versus Colorado Rapids

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The Portland Timbers renew their chase to secure the fifth spot in the Western Conference standings and reserve a spot in the playoffs when they travel to Denver, Colorado to play the Colorado Rapids for the third time this season. While history hasn't been too kind to the Timbers in previous visits, Portland has all of their available weapons healthy and ready to go while Colorado is dealing with various lineup absences that could alter their attack.

Major League Soccer

MLS Ticker: Espindola’s red card appeal denied; Pogatetz convinced by Berhalter; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The MLS Disciplinary Committee dished out fines to players on both D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls for their part in a mid-game fracas, but it was one move they didn't make that is stealing the headlines on Monday evening.

Timbers edge closer to Whitecaps after tying Rapids

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By MIKE DONOVAN

Two teams that currently sit on the outsideof the Western Conference playoffs matched up Saturday night, but neither the Colorado Rapids northe Portland Timbers could find a winner at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

MLS Ticker: Dunivant sidelined up to 6 weeks, Pontius travels, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

In the midst of astronglate season run, the LA Galaxy have received some bad news.

Left back Todd Dunivant is expected to be out for up to six weeks with a left groin tear suffered in the Galaxy's recent 6-0 demolition of the Colorado Rapids.

SBI MLS Best XI: Week 26

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Los Angeles Galaxy put on a goal-scoring clinic last Friday in thrashing a 10-man Colorado Rapids side, and the headliners in that rout scored spots in the SBI MLS Best XI for Week 26.

Landon Donovan provided two goals and two assists to lead the charge for the Galaxy, while Gyasi Zardes notched two goals of his own to earn places on this week's team.

Early red card dooms Rapids in Galaxy romp

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By MARK EDWARD HORNISH

CARSON, Calif. Most nights, a game takes ninety minutes to decide. On Friday, it only took one.

Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Joe Nasco received a straight red card in the first 30 seconds against the Los Angeles Galaxy for a from-behind takedown of Alan Gordoninside the six-yard box.

MLS Week 26: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

Two of the Western Conference's top teams face off on Saturday night in a classic showdown.

These two sides faced off two weeks ago, with FC Dallas coming out on top, 2-1, at Toyota Park. Now, with the venue switching to Rio Tinto Stadium, Luis Giland Real Salt Lake are looking to turn the tables and move well ahead of Tesho Akindele and FC Dallas in the Western Conference standings.

MLS Ticker: Olsen reportedly close to D.C. extension; Earthquakes linked to right back; and more

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By CARL SETTERLUND

It looks like D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen's success this season is enough to keep him at RFK Stadium into the future.

With a worst-to-first turnaround in the works, the Washington Post is reporting that Eastern Conference leader D.

Sources: Rapids’ Mwanga trialing with Cosmos ahead of potential loan move

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Danny Mwanga's reduced role at the Colorado Rapids has him looking towards the east coast for playing time, but it's not an MLS team that he might soon be joining.

Mwanga is currently trialling with the New York Cosmos of the NASL, sources have told SBI.

MLS Week 24: A Mid-Week Look Ahead

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By CARL SETTERLUND

The MLS Week 24 midweek action is all Western Conference this week, as two of the league's marquee teams take on a pair of squads that need an upset or two to get back into the playoff hunt.

The reeling Colorado Rapids, fresh off the news of Drew Moor's season-ending right knee injury, will try to regain their spirit as they host Landon Donovan for likely the final time at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Dillon Serna

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Zat Knight Inbound?

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Colonel Jack O'Neill with a Zat'nik'tel (aka Zat)
Yesterday the Rapids confirmed that an experienced international center back would be flying to Denver this week for final negotiations to join the team. Today sources indicate that the defender is former Bolton and England center back Zat Knight.

Mwanga Loaned To Cosmos, Hinchey Speaks

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  • Today the Rapids announced that Danny Mwanga has been loaned to the Cosmos until the end of the 2014 season, but the Rapids can recall him up to the roster freeze date on Sept. 15th.

Probably a good move for all involved. Mwanga clearly isn't working out in Colorado and I'm not sure he has MLS talent anymore.

Moor Done For Season, O'Neill Likely Done As Well

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The worst possible news today about Moor's knee injury, a torn ACL that ended his season. Moor has been the most consistent player on the team this year (and for the last couple of years) and there's no good replacement for him. This is a huge loss that all but ends the season.

To add injury to injury, Chris Bianchi tweeted this today:
Looks like O'Neill's done.

Obafemi Martins

Seattle Sounders FC 1 – 1 Colorado Rapids | Fotos

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Archivado en: 2014, Fútbol MLS, Fotos 2014, Seattle Sounders FC Tagged: Brad EVANS, CenturyLink Field, Clint DEMPSEY, Colorado Rapids, DeAndre YEDLIN, Joe NASCO, Leo GONZÁLEZ, Obafemi MARTINS, Osvaldo ALONSO, Sigi SCHMID

Simple y soberbio, Sounders sigue siendo el líder

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Seattle Sounders FC 1 0 Colorado Rapids DEMPSEY 52´ En plena recta final de la temporada regular, los Sounders de Seattle han empezado a acelerar toda su ofensiva con el único y simple proposito de mantenerse en la cima de la conferencia Oeste asi como del liderato absoluto de la MLS. Para eso, tendrán [.

Dempsey volley lifts Sounders over Rapids

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE It wasn't the prettiest day and it wasn't the prettiest match, but a moment of class was all the Seattle Sounders needed to knock off a shorthanded opponent on Saturday.

While the Sounders looked short of their best for much of the match, a set piece goal from Clint Dempsey provided all the scoring necessary to beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 in front of 38,934 at CenturyLink Field.

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Donovan nets late winner as Galaxy top Rapids

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In what will likely be his final appearance on the field in Colorado, Landon Donovan created yet another special moment.

The 32-year old forward netted the go-ahead goal Wednesday in the 80th minute, capping off a two-goal comeback that saw the LA Galaxy top the Colorado Rapids, 4-3, at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Kemp Tell Me Nothing

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We look at Taylor Kemp, more on the Black and Red's win last night against Colorado, and Nucky Thompson and Chalky White.

How much fun was that? All the fun, right? Here's hoping that Waterhouse F.C. (already in town at the Lanham Days Inn, so sayeth their twitter account) gets to experience some of that fun firsthand.

Fabian Espindola

Filibuster podcast: Colorado Rapids and Concacaf Champions League versus Waterhouse FC

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What's on tap: DC Brau The Corruption, Mangreia, Blueberry Manhattan

With Adam off in the hinterlands, Ben, Jason, and Ryan are left to try and steer this podcast without setting it on fire. We first talk about the game against the Colorado Rapids, including Taylor Kemp and the pairing of Luis Silva and Fabian Espindola.

Second-half surge vaults United to 4-2 win over Colorado

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After back-to-back disappointing road losses, D.C. United returned to RFK Stadium fueled by a Luis Silva brace and a 3-goal second-half outburst in their 4-2 win over the Colorado Rapids last night. Silva's double was his sixth and seventh goals of the season (career high) and set the tone for an enthralling match that saw [.

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Rapids lose Moor for remainder of season

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Colorado Rapids have been against the ropes in recent weeks, and they might have just been dealt the crushing blow.

The Rapids announced on Tuesday that centerback and captain Drew Moor has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and lateral meniscus.

Rapids captain Moor out for season with torn ACL

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Colorado Rapids have been against the ropes in recent weeks, and they might have just been dealt the crushing blow.

The Rapids announced on Tuesday that centerback and captain Drew Moor has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and lateral meniscus.

The Rest

Odds and Ends 9/16/14

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  • Sanchez out 2-3 weeks due to injury
*sigh*
  • Rumors have the Rapids announcing their USL partnership for next season by aligning with the Queen City Soccer Club in Charlotte, who are taking over the Charlotte Eagles USL spot when the Eagles move to the PDL next season.

Holding Off On Season Tickets

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No, don't think I will at the moment
The Rapids 2015 season ticket drive has started. Currently I sit in 108 so my season tickets are handled by Centennial 38. Just to be clear, my comments in this post about not buying tickets yet have nothing to do with C38 or the C38 experience. I couldn't be happier with the way the group has handled 108 and being our "ticket reps".

The Silence Is Deafening

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We're now 24 hours since the Rapids suffered the worst loss in their history and in doing so extended their now worst ever losing streak. Yet other than Pablo's standard post-game platitudes there's nothing from the Front Office in response to the game.
This isn't a game that can just be put in the rear view mirror while the team moves to the next game.

Paid Their Dues: Mwanga to Go on Loan with Cosmos

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The move will allow Mwanga to see the field more, as the Congolese forward has only received 214 minutes of first team playing time this season.

The Colorado Rapids have confirmed that Danny Mwanga will soon join the New York Cosmos on loan. Since joining the Rapids in 2013, he's only played 770 minutes, and he's failed to score a goal in that time.

The Last Word on D.C. United vs Colorado Rapids: Good or great?

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Uh oh. Ben Olsen is about to have a tough decision about which of his talented attacking players won't make it on the field. How he answers this question may well decide whether D.C. United is merely good or great the rest of the season.

Sunday night's 4-2 win over the Colorado Rapids was one of D.