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Rapids Hoping To Leave KC Sad

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She's even SporKC's blue
Back at it right away tomorrow with a 2 game win streak. And unlike when we were in KC earlier this year I'm sure we'll get the game in this weekend. The SporKCs are on a bit of a down swing at the moment but overall they're still one of the best teams in the conference so this will be a tough match.

Rapids Try To Short Dynamo

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Electricity + Water = Trouble
After what seems like a long stretch on the road but was only a couple of games the Rapids host Houston tomorrow night. The Dynamo still cling to playoff hopes though a loss in Commerce City tomorrow night would erase most of them. Game time tomorrow is 7pm so the tailgate starts at 4, or whenever people get there after work.

Wooden Spoon Battle

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Choose Your Weapon
If you thought last week's game was unbearable this week's game might be worse. We've go the Rapids, last place int he Wast, versus the Fire, last place in the East. Ugly, ugly soccer ahead. Kickoff tomorrow is at 6:30pm with a watch party at the Southside Bar & Kitchen.

Battle To Decide The Worst Team The Last Two Years

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The last placed rider in a bike race is the Lantern Rouge
San Jose and Colorado are currently ties with the lowest pts/game average since the start of the 2014 season. So the loser of this game will really be the worst team in the league the last two seasons. So, hey, something to play for! Game time tomorrow is 9pm MDT and the game is on UniMas!

No More YMCA?

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What happened to the Village People?
The Crew make their first trip to the Dick in with their new logo tomorrow night. They're in almost as bad a shape as this one so it may e competitive but bad soccer we see. Kickoff tomorrow is at 7pm so tailgating, featuring meatball subs, is at 4pm. 'Celo and Fleming have the call on Altitude.

Will The Stars Be Out Under The Blue Moon?

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Technically the blue moon is tonight but close enough
The Galaxy is in town tomorrow night but the question is, are their stars with them? dos Santos won't be announced until next week and Keane and Gerrard both had to back out of the All-Star Game earlier in the week with injuries. There was talk in the last couple of days that they may not be ready for tomorrow night but they don't appear on the injury report.

Rapids Face Demons In Seattle

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What's worse, Microsoft's or CLink's?
After back-to-back home wins the Rapids are in my hometown tomorrow night. Of course the land of airplanes and coffee hasn't exactly been a hospitable place for Colorado. In 11 games we have 1 draw and have been outscored 26-7. Outside of new arrivals Orlando and NYCFC, Seattle is the only MLS city we've never won in.

game review

A Suite Win For The Rapids

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Me in a Rapids suite last night
After the last 270 minutes of Rapids games I'm glad I watched the last 90 in a bit of luxury. A big thank you to C38, the Rapids, and InBev for working out a donation of the InBev suite to the C38 tailgate crew last night. It was nice to see how the upper crust lives and we all had a good time seeing the game from a new perspective.

An Ugly Win Is Still 3 Points

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Great opening from the Rapids. Then 89 minutes of the same dreck we've seen over and over this season. After Serna's goal the Rapids had 1 shot on target the rest of the game (a good shot from distance by Torres). Attacking soccer huh? If we weren't playing the worst team in the Eastern Conference we don't win as Chicago had chance after chance, especially in the first half.

Wort Team Of The Last Two Years

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Umpteenth verse, same as the first. At the moment I'm pretty sure the Charlotte Independence, not even using the Rapids they have on loan, would beat the Rapids. This team is fundamentally broken right now. Since the beginning of thee 2014 season Colorado is averaging .98 points per game, the lowest average in the league.

That's It, They've Sapped My Will To Do This

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I can't do a regular game recap this week, its just not in me. A team that starts 4 CB's, a LB, and 2 defensive/holding mids and can't hold a 1 goal lead in the second half is a team that is just plain broken. There's really not more you can say. I twas almost understandable last week when you're facing Keane, Gerrard, Zardes, etc.

Umpteenth Verse, Same As The First

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20-30 minutes of great play, 60-70 minutes of the same dreck we've seen all season, and a horrible, horrible outing by James Riley led to an expected loss against an almost full strength Galaxy Saturday night. After a nice July August looks like every other month we've seen in the last year.
General impressions:
  • The Rapids looked good in the first 20 minutes and got a deserved goal from Sarvas.

Perfect For July!!!

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It took a dozen tries but the Rapids have finally won a game in my hometown!!! In the process they finished their first full month of perfect games since July of 2003. Its also the team's first 3 game win streak since 2011.
General impressions:
  • My question in my game preview was who had the worse surface, Microsoft or CenturyLink.

Chicago Fire

Chicago Fire and Colorado Rapids win to start Week 26

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The Chicago Fire beat the New York Red Bulls and Colorado Rapids picked up a win over Houston in Week 26 of the 2015 MLS season. Read More

Fire v Rapids match preview

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It's another battle of the titans. With eleven games left in the Fire's season every match is a must win. Martin Tomszak takes a look at the Colorado Rapids, a team sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference.

What Are They All About? Colorado Rapids Preview

Two goals from Kennedy Igboananike, fighting spirit, a well-earned point, and hey, the club is worth $160m.

MLS teams must shake things up for playoff push

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Close your eyes and imagine for a moment, that you are the owner or president of a Major League Soccer team. Despite being five points from the last playoff spot, the team is in last place in its conference. Your team is the only team not to win a road game during the regular season. You have a chance to make the playoffs with a strong push.

MLS teams must shake things up for playoff push

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Close your eyes and imagine for a moment, that you are the owner or president of a Major League Soccer team. Despite being five points from the last playoff spot, the team is in last place in its conference. Your team is the only team not to win a road game during the regular season. You have a chance to make the playoffs with a strong push.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 20

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Here are the 10 things we learned from week 20 of the MLS season.

1. The Galaxy Raise The Stakes

A fair number in MLS would tell you that the 2014 LA Galaxy was the league's best attacking team ever. The front six – Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas, Stefan Ishizaki, Landon Donovan, Gyasi Zardes, and Robbie Keane – combined for 68 goals in the regular season, and added nine more in the postseason en route to the team's fifth MLS Cup.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 20

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Here are the 10 things we learned from week 20 of the MLS season.

1. The Galaxy Raise The Stakes

A fair number in MLS would tell you that the 2014 LA Galaxy was the league's best attacking team ever. The front six – Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas, Stefan Ishizaki, Landon Donovan, Gyasi Zardes, and Robbie Keane – combined for 68 goals in the regular season, and added nine more in the postseason en route to the team's fifth MLS Cup.

Philadelphia Union

Rapids 1 Fire 0 - recap and ratings

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As the Fire continue to slide towards the worst season in club history one has to wonder just how bad this is going to get. After dropping out of the US Open Cup with a whimper, they followed that with what could have been a five or six goal onslaught from the same Philadelphia team that knocked them out just days earlier.

Fire Notebook - Maloney saga continues, Injury updates, and staying positive

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The Fire returned to Chicago Monday after Sunday's draw against the Philadelphia Union, as they prepare to take on the Colorado Rapids this Saturday at Toyota Park. Tuesday afternoon, the conversation on Fire head coach Frank Yallop's weekly conference call was weighted towards the rumors of Shaun Maloney departing Chicago for Hull City, but Yallop also gave reporters an update on the Fire's DP injury woes, as well as staying positive in the face of increasing frustration and lack of wins.

Front Office

Um, Shots Fired?

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So if you remember from yesterday there were tweets about our style of play:
Hinchey says the gripe about not playing attacking soccer is very legit and a big problem. the style is in effect throughout academy...
...but with Pablo it has been a struggle to establish it in the senior team.

Interesting Live(?) Tweeting Of A Hinchey 1 on 1 Today

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I had another post planned for today about the KSEOut movement but an interesting twitter discussion erupted that seemed more relevant. Season-ticket holder Brian Mercer has a lunchime 1 on 1 with Tim Hinchey and live(?) tweeted it. There's a lot in there and I'm just going to hit some things that jumped out to me but I encourage you to read it all.

Fan Forum Wrap-Up

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You might remember a similar post from last year and after today's Fan Forum it seemed relevant to update it for anther year, sadly. The definite feel I got from the forum was one of "We're still working hard and we have a long-term plan so if this year doesn't work out keep having faith in us".

Rough Transcript Of Front Office Town Hall

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I'm going to type this on the fly during the Town Hall and post right after its done as a resource for those who couldn't listen. Further conversation will be saved for tonight. I'm using the online stream of the event as to not tie up my phone line for an hour. This is paraphrased so I can keep up.

Well, they're late starting.

D.C. United

D.C. United/Washington Wizards TV voice Dave Johnson Hospitalized for Dehydration

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The beloved broadcaster may go on the injury report.

The voice of D.C. United on television, Dave Johnson, mentioned on his Facebook page that he was hospitalized for dehydration while hiking on vacation in California.

It was not immediately known if Johnson, a Comcast SportsNet Washington personality who also does occasional appearances as sports anchor on the NBC affiliate in Washington (as well as handling play by play for the Washington Wizards) would be able to return in time for D.

Opposition 11: How will Real Salt Lake line up tonight against D.C. United?

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RSL has been very good going forward recently, but it looks like they'll be pretty vulnerable defensively tonight.

For the only time in 2015 - well, barring an MLS Cup pairing way down the road - D.C. United will face Real Salt Lake tonight. RSL is in an odd place at the moment: They've won two straight and have just one loss in their last five league games, but are also outside the playoff spots in the West and have a -4 goal difference on the season.

roster

After Nothing Yesterday A Busy Day Today

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Ok, lots going on today. I'll break down what we did then I'll give my opinion on the moves.

  • Shane O'Neill was sold to Cypriot side Apollon Limassol
  • Sean St. Ledger was signed after having been cut by Orlando City last week
  • Maynor Figueroa was signed with Target Allocation Money (TAM), last with Hull City
  • Ben Newnam was cut
  • Dominique Badji's loan to Charlotte was made a full season loan with no option to recall
  • Allocation money was traded to KC in exchange for an international spot for the rest of the season
This leaves the team with 29 signed players and 10 internationals against an allowed total of 28 and 9.

Roster Moves Finally

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More detail later tonight:

Rapids transfer Shane O'Neill to Apollon Limassol in Cyprus, expected that his final landing spot will be in Belgium: http://www.coloradorapids.com/post/2015/08/07/shane-oneill-transferred-cypriot-side-apollon-limassol
Rapids sign Sean St.Ledger http://www.

So...That Whole Transfer Window Thing...

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At 3pm Denver time the transfer and trade window closed. The Rapids moves in this window are listed below.





Did anyone in Commerce City know the window was open? Do they know the summer window exists? I ask because here's our list of moves in last year's mid-season transfer window.

News Update 8/5/15

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A couple of interesting news updates today.

First, Bravo discussed possible upcoming roster moves with MLSSoccer.com. He says O'Neill is still on the roster and Roger Johnson isn't really on trail, more they're just taking a look. nothing else on any possible newcomers. The window for adding players closes tomorrow so if they're going to do anything (and they need to do something) they have about 24 hours to do it.

Rumors: O'Neill Out, New Striker In

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Game recap coming sometime in the next 48 hours but two rumors floating around the Dick last night.

First, its all but confirmed that Shane O'Neill was sold this week. multiple tweets from friends of his and other connected sources have reported it. It appears that Cyprus' Apollon Limassol is the most likely destination but Cyprus' APOEL and Denmark have also been part of the rumors.

"Big" Move Coming?

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This is third-hand information (Bravo to sales rep to contact to me) but I got word of a rumor. On Thursday Paul Bravo was talking to the sales and marketing meeting and said that they "have a pretty big move for a great player" planned while the window is open. Apparently Bravo wouldn't say who, just that he "was very excited and proud of finalizing a deal they've been working a very, very long time on".

ASG

Clint Irwin, All-Star!

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One final roster addition for tonight's All-Star Game, Clint Irwin has been added to the gameday roster as the 3rd GK. He is the most deserving Rapid of being an All-Star but plays at the hardest position to make it (because of limited selection) so this is well deserved.

Also I made it to the Grand Hyatt at lunch today to snag some ASG gear:

Cronin An All-Star, Moor A LEGO Clone

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Due to injury Pablo had to name five replacements to tomorrow night's gameday roster. One of the players he picked was Sam Cronin. I'm not sure Cornin is the player that comes to mind from the Rapids that deserves to be the next All-Star, but I suppose it had to be somebody available and rested. My choices would have been Powers or Torres.

All-Star Game(s) Preview

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Just a few notes as we go into the All-Star Game festivities at DSG Park.

  • As expected Dillon Serna and Shane O'Neill were selected to play in the Chipotle Homegrown Game tomorrow night.
  • Coached by Landon Donovan I'd expect O'Neill to start but maybe not Serna. I'm sure he'll get in the game though.

Drew Moor, All-Star!

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At halftime of the beatdown the U.S.is putting on Cuba Pablo's selections for the All-Star Game roster were announced. As expected there was 1 and only 1 Rapid on it, (former) captain Drew Moor.

Lets be honest, with our play this year we probably didn't deserve to have anyone on the All-Star roster.

The Rest

I. Told. You. So.

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The Denver Post had an article today about Pablo's tenuous position. Included was a paraphrase from Tim Hinchey that made my eyes roll back so far I could see inside my head.
Hinchey reiterated that Mastroeni was thrown into a tough situation last year, being officially named coach a week before the first match.

October Scheduling Updates

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Two scheduling items were announced today.

The first one was the schedule for the U-23 Olympic Qualifying at the Dick in October.

Tues Oct 6th:
Canada - Cuba
USA - Panama

Wed Oct 7th:
Guatemala/Costa Rica - Haiti
Mexico - Honduras

Tickets on sale a week from Thursday and each night is a separate ticket covering both games.

MLS Week 20: Colorado upset and comeback for the Galaxy

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Colorado got the points in a surprise win at Seattle and the LA Galaxy came back in a big way against San Jose in MLS Week 20. Read More