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MLS in Atlanta, Grant Wahl and Dillon Powers | Episode 408

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Sports Illustrated senior writer Grant Wahl discusses MLS in Atlanta, Arthur Blank, and more. In the second segment Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Powers checks in to talk about mullets, burritos, and ... his video making skills.

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THE SOUTH STAND REPORT - Toronto v Colorado... or The One They Should've Won

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It's a beautiful day today. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the weather situation, it's been extended cold with no relief, but this weekend, it's practically shorts weather.

One the one hand, Colorado is about as much of a grey mouse club as they come in MLS, and minimal star power or excitement.

Buddle goal leads Rapids over shorthanded TFC

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By DAN KARELL

The Colorado Rapids had never earned even a point at BMO Field in club history. That is, until Saturday afternoon.

For the second consecutive week, the Rapids beat not only the odds but their Canadian opposition to send a message to Major League Soccer teams.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Jose Mari

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Mari nets two golazos in Rapids’ win over the Whitecaps

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By TYLER GRAY

The Colorado Rapids hadn't scored from the run of play in three games this season but midfielder Jose Mari decided to change all that, and in spectacular fashion.

The match was going well for the Vancouver Whitecaps they were up a goal via Darren Mattocks and playing well when things went sideways in the 77th minute.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Graham Zusi

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By DAN KARELL

Graham Zusi is providing Sporting Kansas City with MVP-worthy performances early in the 2014 MLS season.

The 26-year-old midfielder scored one goal and assisted on two others as Sporting KC came back from a one-goal deficit to defeat the Colorado Rapids, 3-2.

Dwyer stoppage-time winner propels Sporting KC past Rapids

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By TATE STEINLAGE

It was Sporting Kansas City's turn to benefit from a second half stoppage-time goal Saturday after two heartbreaking finishes earlier in the season, as Dom Dwyer's 92nd minute blast helped boost the reigning MLS Cup champions over the Colorado Rapids 3-2 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

MLS Ticker: Rapids sign Klute, Irwin; Galaxy loans three to reseves; Dempsey disappointed in suspension; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The Colorado Rapids have signed goalkeeper Clint Irwin and defender Chris Klute to new contracts, the club announced Friday.

Irwin, who joined the Rapids last year after a trial, became the starting goalkeeper when veteran Matt Pickens was injured early.

Is Arsenal Aware Of Their Rapids Partnership?

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Today Arsenal FC announced their first trip to the U.S. since MLS started (their last trip was to Miami in 1989). Its great to see them come over and support their partner club here in Colorado, especially since Stan Kroneke is the primary owner of Arsenal.

Oh wait, they aren't coming over to support their partner MLS club.

Pickens transferred to Rowdies days after Waiver Draft move

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Former Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens has been transferred to NASL side Tampa Bay Rowdies five days after being acquired by the New England Revolution via MLS Waiver Draft.

Sources tell SBI that Pickens move to the Rowdies in a $150,000 transfer that will earn the Revs $100,000.

Two penalties in two minutes lead Rapids past Timbers

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By MIKE DONOVAN

The Portland Timbers saw their hopes of a road result disappear as the Colorado Rapids scored twice in a three-minute span to beat their Western Conference foe on a cold, snowy Saturday afternoon.

Vicente Sanchez and Deshorn Brown scored the goals, while Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was sent off as Colorado defeated Portland, 2-0, in front of 15,135 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Revs Add Pickens via Waiver Draft

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During the offseason, the New England Revolution brass appeared content to let Bobby Shuttleworth and Brad Knighton battle for the spot thatsteady veteranMatt Reis held for nearly a decade. But on Friday, a wild card entered the fray.

Matt Pickens, who's collected 154 career starts duringhis 10-year MLS career, was acquired by the Revolutionvia the Waiver Draft a day after the Western Conference side cut ties with its longtime keeper.

Roster News

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The Denver Post tonight has a couple pieces of roster news:

  • Pickens likely to be traded within MLS for a minimum amount, hopefully by the end of the week.
No surprise at this point. Its now a buyers market for teams who want a GK because everyone knows the Rapids want to get Matt off the roster before they have to eat all of his salary this year.

game review

Rapids Make It Two For Two In Canada

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3 points makes even this ugly game look beautiful. A lousy pitch and both teams missing their most creative midfielders (Sanchez and Bradley) led to a lot of over the top balls and aimless passing. The Rapids did a good job of adapting and finding a way to win, but neither team is going to look at this game as a particularly good showing.

El Matador Spears The Whitecaps For Three Points

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Last week I realized that readers of this blog probably don't need a full recap of the game. By Monday you've probably watched it or seen enough of the highlights to make my recap redundant. Instead I'll just give my general observations of the game as a whole as well and revisiting my strategic consideration from my preview.

Rapids Lose Composure And Three Points

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Finally feeling better so I'm getting back to the blog. I'm going to dispense with my normal recap, as I assume everyone is up to speed by this point. The bottom line is that the Rapids fought back from a 1-0 deficit to take a 2-1 lead with 12 minutes to play, then lost 3-2. Not the way you want to end a game.

Colorado Freezes Out Portland, Gets Pablo's First Win

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Kudos to the C38 tifo group for their best one yet
In a freezing afternoon snow storm the Rapids used a pair of penalty kicks to get their first win of the season over the visiting Timbers. For the first 15 minutes the Rapids controlled play, with Brown getting two good looks at goal in the first 5 minutes.

Colorado Sneaks Out Of NY With A Point

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A solid game with one defensive breakdown and one generous call let to a 1-1 draw in NY on Saturday. It didn't start out that way though, as for the first 15 minutes the Red Bulls had the Rapids back on their heels. After getting their feet under them the Rapids started controlling the game. In the last 30 minutes of the half the Rapids had shots on target from Jose Mari, Nick LaBrocca, Deshorn Brown, and two from Dillon Serna.

Game Preview

Colorado Attempts To Do Something They've Never Done

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Rapids @BMO, 0 points, 1 trophy
A second trip to the Great White North in a row as the Rapids are in Toronto tomorrow. Colorado has never even drawn TFC in Toronto, must less beat them, but despite that it is the scene of our greatest triumph as it was there we won MLS Cup 2010. Tomorrow's game is at 2pm on Altitude, with the main C38 watch party being at The Armoury.

First Of A Canadian Doubleheader

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Whitecaps-Rapids, wettest game in MLS
Colorado makes the first of back-to-back trips to Canada tomorrow, facing Vancouver almost a stone's throw from my childhood home in Oak Harbor, WA (Seattle is 18 miles closer to drive than Vancouver B.C.). Game time tomorrow is 4:30pm, so you can have a nice dinner during the second half or you can join C38 at the British Bulldog.

Rapids-SporKCs Prediction

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Still feeling lousy so I'm going to make this short. Alas I will not be attending the game today, instead watching on Altitude.

Prediction: 1-1 draw, goal by Buddle. KC is well rested and as the defending champs can't be taken lightly. We're without Klute, Serna, and apparently Irwin.

Opening Day 2014

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A recent birthday gift from my in-laws
Well, home opening day at least. The Rapids face the Timbers tomorrow at 4pm in Commerce City. Of course, tomorrow being the 1-year anniversary of the SnowClasico, snow is forecast for tomorrow afternoon after 1pm, with 1-2 inches expected. Colorado ha confirmed that the game will be played.

Sporting Kansas City

Opara to undergo season-ending surgery on ankle

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Sporting Kansas City's defensive depth has taken a big hit, as centerback Ike Opara has been lost for the season.

Sporting KC announced on Thursday that Opara will undergo surgery on April 16 to repair a chondral defect in his right ankle and is expected to miss the rest of the 2014 campaign.

Sporting Lose Opara for the Season

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Sporting Kansas City took a blow to its depth chart today with the announcement that defender Ike Opara will have ankle surgery that will keep him out for the rest of the 2014 season. Opara was injured in his last appearance for KC, against the Colorado Rapids almost two weeks ago. While attempting to clear a ball, Opara got hit on the ankle/leg by Rapid's midfielder, Jared Watts.

Sporting Win in Colorado at the Death

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After allowing two goals in stoppage time this season, Sporting KC reversed their fortunes on Saturday in Colorado, getting a winner from Dom Dwyer in stoppage time to give KC a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rapids. The two teams traded blows throughout the second half that saw KC grab the lead before two PKs by the Rapids (their fourth and fifth of the season) put them on top.

Match Day 4: Looking for Road Points

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Over 700 Sporting KC fans are descending on Colorado tonight ahead of tomorrow's game against the Rapids. Sporting KC head into the game looking to pick up their first road points of the season. They dropped one point in their only other road game in stoppage time in Seattle on the opening weekend of the season.

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Iwrin, Klute Signed To New Contracts

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I'm feeling pretty bad tonight so my game preview will be delayed until morning (hopefully by then). I did want to get this good news posted. Colorado has put that free cap space after Pickens' departure to good use, signing goalkeeper Clint Irwin and defender Chris Klute to new contracts today. Assuming they're teh standard MLS contract that will keep them with the Rapids through 2017.

Pickens To Tampa, Rapids Luck Out

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Matt Pickens had been claimed by New England on Friday, a day after the Rapids waived him. Today the Revs sold Pickens to the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the NASL for a reported $150K transfer fee. According to the Rapids this worked out for us:
The reason it ended up aiding Colorado is that the Rapids will now receive the full salary cap relief for what was owed to Matt Pickens in 2014, which will allow the club more flexibility with the roster.

Rapids Waive Pickens

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The Rapids announced late today that they've waved Matt Pickens. After breaking his arm against FSL a year ago last weekend he was never able to reclaim the starting role, and his $190K salary was too much to invest in a backup keeper. The Rapids tried to trade him up until the end, per the Denver Post last night, but there was, not surprisingly, no takers since the Rapids were obviously desperate.

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Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Colorado Rapids (first match)

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We have complete player ratings for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the team's 2 to 0 loss in Denver versus the Colorado Rapids on March 22. This includes individual ratings for each player in addition to a composite mark for the coaches and the full team.

Portland Timbers can’t overcome second half penalty kicks, lose 2 to 0 to Colorado Rapids

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In the first road match in the 2014 regular season for the Portland Timbers, the club was hoping to take some of the advantages created in possession and passing statistics to jump start their offense and take advantage of chances. While the team stuck to their plan for most of the match, they fell behind courtesy of two penalty kick calls against goalkeepers Donovan Ricketts and Andrew Weber that the Rapids converted for a 2 to 0 in Denver, CO.

Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids preview – First road match gives offense opportunity to rebound

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It could be an adventure when the Portland Timbers travel to Denver, Colorado to play the Colorado Rapids on March 22 in their first of three scheduled meetings. The weather is expected to be wintry - snow, wind and cold conditions - but Portland is hoping to jump start their offense despite the distractions Mother Nature has in store for them.

Red Bulls

RBNY vs Rapids: A Lackluster Effort & A Bad Call

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What's there to say about this one? The Red Bulls should have put it away early but didn't. Nevertheless, the boys in white appeared to have done enough to earn a 1-Nil victory, on a Thierry Henry diving header golazo (and another memorable celebration). But then the scab ref got into the act, with a phantom penalty call against us (full highlights below).

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: John Berner

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By IVES GALARCEP

Earning your first professional start brings with it enough nerves, but earning that first start as a goalkeeper taking on Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls made things that much tougher for Colorado Rapids rookie John Berner.

Sam one of few bright spots for struggling Red Bulls

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The New York Red Bulls have had a rough start to their 2014 season.

It began with a 4-1 beating from the Vancouver Whitecaps in a game in which the Red Bulls never looked like they had a chance. The second game of the season saw a young Colorado Rapids side steal a point at Red Bull Arena.

The Rest

2014 Salaries And A Trade

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The union released the player salaries today, here are the Rapids. The first number is the base salary, the second is the guaranteed 2014 salary. The cap hit number is generally between the two.

Berner John $36,500.00 $36,500.00
Brown Deshorn $75,000.00 $123,000.00
Buddle Edson $325,000.

THE MATCHUP: Smile High City

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Feeling the good vibes dude TORONTO VS. COLORADO
BMO FIELD - SATURDAY 4PM ET
TV: TSN


WHY SHOULD I WATCH THIS?
- Faced with a lingering injury list, can TFC overcome their shortcomings with second-stringers twice in a row?

Odds And Ends

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A couple of "real" news items and a couple of fun items today.

The big one, the Rapids signed Austrian defender Thomas Piermayr today. He'll be eligible to play right away. Piermayr is a 24-year old outside back (both right and left) and can apparently play in the midfield as well. This is probably an indicator that Burch's injury will make him unavailable in Vancouver on Saturday and Pablo may be considering the Austrian to fill in since Klute is also still injured.

The SBI Show: Episode 125 (Talking MLS Week 3, Americans Abroad, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2014 MLS season is off to a surprising start, with some expected powerhouses stumbling out of the gate, and some surprise teams emerging to enjoy good beginnings to new eras.

In Episode 125 of The SBI, we discuss MLS Week Three, which featured the latest strong showings for the unbeaten Columbus Crew and FC Dallas, who are a combined 5-0-1 to start the new season.

Petke discusses Red Bulls’ need for creativity, Convey, and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke has every right to be frustrated.

The 2013 Supporters Shield champions were battered 4-1 in their opening matchup with the Vancouver Whitecaps. They followed that performance with a generally dominant effort against a young Colorado Rapids side, only to have a questionable penalty call cause them to walk away with just one point.