Real Salt Lake remains the top team in the league, and Montreal Impact remain the worst.
There were plenty of draws this week in Major League Soccer, and so many of the positions on our power rankings stayed the same. However, the bottom has given out on one team's ranking, and two other continue to bounce along on the bottom of the barrel.
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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.
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.
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.
The title refers to the Clash song and the E-Quakes, not Piermayr A whole lot of wasted time this week. 90 minutes, 1 shot on target, combined(!) between the teams. The Rapids dominated most of the play but had no real threat on goal. San Jose hit the crossbar in the first minute and then didn't make Irwin make a stop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Rapids wouldn't mind some long shots from Jose Mari Colorado is finally back home tomorrow, facing the San Jose Earthquakes at the Dick. After missing the last home game its been far too long since I've seen them in person. San Jose is still looking for their first win this year, while the Rapids have a chance to put up their best ever point total after their first 6 games with at least a draw.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.