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Brotherly Game Daily Links 11/30/17

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New Rapids manager, MLS Expansion, a preview of tonight's MLS semifinal

MLS News

Toronto FC 1-0 Columbus Crew: Altidore sends Reds back to MLS Cup final
Toronto will face Seattle or Houston in the MLS Cup.

Anthony Hudson named Head Coach
The Colorado Rapids look forward to the 2018 season with the former manager of the New Zealand National Team at the helm.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids: Player ratings

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In a sea of strong performances, Nicolas Lodeiro most stood out.

Once again, the Sounders came out strong at home and thrashed the away squad. This week it was Colorado, and Seattle overcame an early Clint Dempsey red card to produce a convincing 3-0 scoreline. Even down a man for much of the game, Seattle was on the front foot all match.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids: Community player ratings form

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Sometimes, you only need 10 men.

In their final match of the regular season, the Seattle Sounders did the thing with a convincing win against the Colorado Rapids (especially when considering that they spent almost 40 minutes down a man). The defense remained resilient against a fairly anemic Colorado attack.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids: Highlights, stats, and quotes

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"That's a pretty tough group, a pretty resilient group. So, yes, it's nice to have those extra couple of days. But at the same time, being in [the locker room], they want to play." -Brian Schmetzer

Despite losing Clint Dempsey to a red card in the first half, the Seattle Sounders took care of business at home, completing their 2017 regular-season campaign with a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids that secures them a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Sounders trounce Rapids, earn bye

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SEATTLE Well then. Up and down, and back up again: as went much of the year, so went the final regular season match of 2017 for the defending champion Seattle Sounders, a pair of roller-coaster rides jointly ending on a marked high note.

Facing a mightily struggling opponent in the visiting Colorado Rapids, the Sounders posted a 2-0 win in front of 44,370 on Sunday afternoon to finish the season in second place in the Western Conference and earn themselves first-round bye in the 2017 MLS Cup playoffs.

Major League Soccer

Anthony Hudson named coach of the Colorado Rapids

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The Colorado Rapids made it official on Wednesday, naming Anthony Hudson as the MLS club's new head coach. Hudson previously coached the New Zealand national team and was strongly linked with the Rapids job. New Zealand failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, losing an intercontinental playoff to Peru.

Report: Anthony Hudson to Rapids a 'done deal'

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The New Zealand Herald reports that recently resigned All Whites head coach Anthony Hudson is set to take over the Colorado Rapids.

Hudson was first linked to the job in late October, when he was tipped as their preferred candidate. At the time, Rapids sporting director Padraig Smith said, "We know who we want, and I'm very happy to say that we're in the final stages," after committing to a global search, including looking for candidates in Oceania.

MLS Ticker: Kenwyne Jones retires, Rapids sign Swedish midfielder, and more

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Kenwyne Jones is hanging up his boots.

The former Premier Leaguer spent one last season of play with Atlanta United before calling it quits. The 33-year-old forward didn't produce much for The Five Stripes. He only appeared in 17 matches with five starts. He only had two goals on the entire season.

D.C. United season review: Deshorn Brown

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The forward gets the treatment.

There's no big surprise that little worked right for D.C. United during the 2017 season, but after a game that nobody expected them to win (a 3-1 road win over Atlanta United), the goals dried up, but fast. Patrick Mullins (whom we'll discuss later) just returned from injury, Jose Ortiz was in the midst of finding his form which was clearly not up to MLS level competition, so the Black-and-Red needed some offense before the MLS secondary window opened in July, and after 1 goal in six league games after the Atlanta win, they needed them fast.

Brian Schmetzer has passed his big test

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We wondered how he would handle the ups and downs of a full season. Turns out, he did just fine.

SEATTLE — Given the ups and downs of this season, it seems almost strange to see how the Seattle Sounders finished up. With their 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids, the Sounders finished Top 2 in the West for just the third time in their nine MLS seasons and this is the highest they've finished since winning the Supporters' Shield in 2014.

MLS attendances through gameweek 32 of the 2017 season

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Colorado Rapids drew its smallest crowd of the season in its final home match, a Rocky Mountain Cup game against Real Salt Lake, with just a reported attendance of 13,102.

On the flip side, the Revs had its largest turnout in its final home match versus New York City FC.

MLS attendances through gameweek 32 of the 2017 season

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Photo credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Rapids drew its smallest crowd of the season in its final home match, a Rocky Mountain Cup game against Real Salt Lake, with just a reported attendance of 13,102.

On the flip side, the Revs had its largest turnout in its final home match versus New York City FC.

FC Dallas playoff hopes boosted with draw in Colorado

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A win would have been nice, but FC Dallas will take an away point to get them above the red line in the Western Conference.

Atiba Harris headed home a tying goal in the second half to secure a 1-1 draw at the Colorado Rapids, which ensures Dallas controls its own destiny heading into the final two weeks of the season.

Rapids Kevin Doyle announces retirement after medical advice

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Irish forward Kevin Doyle has called it a career at the age of 34.

The Colorado Rapids No. 9 is hanging up his boots after a sixteen-year career that saw him play in the League of Ireland, the English Premier League, and most recently Major League Soccer.

Doyle, has cited that the reason behind his retirement is heavily linked to the ongoing concussions he has suffered throughout his career, emphasizing the two that happened during the course of this season.

Yordy Reyna, Fredy Montero propel Whitecaps to home win over Rapids

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Whenever you defeat the teams that you are supposed to beat, you will always put yourself in a good situation, and the Vancouver Whitecaps did just that on Saturday.

The Whitecaps continued their strong run on Saturday evening, defeating the Colorado Rapids, 2-1, at BC Place.

Fredy Montero and Yordy Reyna each scored a goal and added an assist for the hosts, who earned their fifth win out of their last seven matches.

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News On Mohammed Saeid

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Yesterday's roster moves contained only one real surprise, the Rapids not picking up Mo Saeid's option. Today the Rapids media director tweeted the following:
We would have loved to keep Mo. A great player and even better person. Unfortunately, due to some personal circumstances, Mo asked for his option not to be picked up.

Expansion Draft Coming, Maybe?

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Next year LAFC becomes team #23 in MLS. From all expectations there will be an expansion draft sometime in December for them, but oddly there's been no announcement of the timing or rules for that draft. Maybe MLS is going to do something different this time?

For now I'm going to assume its coming and I'm going to assume its going to use essentially the same rules as last year's draft for Atlanta and Minnesota used.

Two Bits Of News

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Two pieces of news today.

  • The players union's salary guide was updated today. We know that Aigner is making $425K in base salary per year, with guarantees he's at $470 which is just over max salary range, making him a TAM player. I assume he has an escalation clause for next season.

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Roster Cut Day And Hudson "News"

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Big day today as the Rapids announced their option pickups and roster cuts going into the offseason. Lets break them down:

  • Sam Hamilton's option picked up - Easy decision, first round draft pick, cheap, still has time to develop
  • Eric Miller's option picked up - Meh. He is versatile, being able to play anywhere on the back line, but he's not particularly good at any of those positions.

Hudson Watch 2017

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The newest twist in the Hudson/Rapids saga hit tonight as Hudson officially stepped down as the New Zealand coach. There's no news as to his next move but all signs continue to point to Colorado as his next stop. I've also heard secondhand that the new manager, whomever he is, was involved in the decision to sign Blomberg.

Clock's ticking

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Barring a miracle in the next 25 minutes Peru is going to eliminate New Zealand and Anthony Hudson will be able to take the Rapids job. Given that we've heard no other rumors for a couple of weeks all signs point to Hudson being the man. Now the clock starts ticking, The Rapids needs to get the deal done, announce him this week, have a press availability early next week, and have him get right into it as soon as the holiday is over.

November 1st, No Manager Yet

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For the last 6 weeks or so the Rapids have talked about their goal of having a manager in place by November 1st. Well the 1st has come and gone and no manager and only one real rumor (we'll get to that in a moment).

Now I don't think missing this date is a big deal yet. There's really not a ton a manager could do for the next couple of weeks.

Rumor Roundup

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A bit of news and rumor from the first week of the offseason. The primary source is from Padraig Smith's interview on the Vic Lombardi radio show on Wednesday morning.

Most notable, to me, was Smith's talk about how Gashi's play was disappointing this year and how it stemmed from him not following the offseason plan laid out for him after the 2016 season.

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Well, That Was A Season

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That's all it was though, a season, and it finished in an appropriate way. The Rapids were a man up for 38 minutes, got a PK call in their favor, and still came out with no goals and less shots on target than the Sounders had goals. Pretty much par for the course for a season where Colorado finished last in the league in goals, shots on goal, and shots (but oddly, not assists).

Rapids Finish Off Home Season By Almost Ending FSL's

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Well, that was a nice way to end a bad season. A 4th minute goal by Josh Gatt (with a great celebration in front of the visiting FSL fans) somehow held up under a barrage of shots from FSL and Colorado got the 1-0 win. With the result FSL's post season hopes are on life support, now needing a win next week and needing San Jose and Dallas to drop points.

Another Odd Game Featuring Montreal At DSG

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Weird things happen when Montreal comes to town. Four years ago the Rapids won on a wind-blown ball that was whistled out for a corner before it went in the goal but the goal stood. This year it was two VARS, two red cards, the first goal from our new summer signing, and Alan Gordon's 3rd game winning goal of the season.

Doyle Retires

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To quickly dispense with the mess from last night Dallas beat us in the first 10 minutes and then just ran the remaining 80 minutes off the clock with no threat they would ever lose. The Rapids are now officially eliminated from the playoffs.

Moving on to more important news, Kevin Doyle announced his retirement today, effective immediately.

Game Preview

One Last Time...

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The Rapids finally finish this season with a game in Seattle on Sunday. At this point all they can do is try to deny Seattle a chance at a bye and avoid finishing in last place and winning the Wooden Spoon. I'll actually be at the game with some family as I'll be spending the weekend back home in my old haunting grounds.

MLS Cup Rematch

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Break out your scudetto jerseys and party like its 2010. Dallas is in town makes their only trip to Commerce City tomorrow night and the Rapids have a chance to Burn their playoff chances to the ground. Their 2-0 win over us last week is their only win in the last twelve games and they've tumbled from the top of the table to holding on to the last playoff spot by .

Rapids Start Final Run In Dallas

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5 games in the next 25 days to finish the season. Officially the Rapids haven't been eliminated from playoff contention yet but a loss tomorrow night would do it. Even a draw would do it if San Jose wins tomorrow. San Jose winning either game this week and FSL not losing on Saturday will eliminate us regardless of our result.

The Rest

TAM, Affiliation, and Expansion Draft

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There's been a few stories of note since Friday, so we'll go through them all in one post.

First, the league announced $1.2 million in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) each of the next two years. They also announced that each team could self-fund an additional $2.8 million in TAM each of the next two years.

CCL Draw, Preseason Plans, and Castillo Incoming?

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Lots of news aside from Hudson today. Taking it roughly in order.

CONCACAF announced the draw for the 2018 CCL today. Colorado will be the one MLS/Liga MX team in Pot B, the other 8 teams will be in Pot 1. Under the competition rules we can't be drawn against an American team in the first round so we know our opponent will be one of Toronto, Chivas, Club America, Tigres, or Tijuana.

Rapids officially announce hiring of Anthony Hudson as head coach

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After weeks of reports, the Colorado Rapids confirmed Anthony Hudson as the club's new head coach.

The Rapids announced on Wednesday that the club has hired the 36-year-old manager fresh off his job as manager of New Zealand. Under Hudson, the All Whites made it to the intercontinental playoff round of World Cup qualifying, where they fell to Peru earlier this month.

Marcus Rashford: Tim Howard was my idol

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Tim Howard's time at Manchester United serves as an unlikely inspiration to one of the sport's brightest young stars.

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford says the U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper was his childhood "idol". Rashford, who played as a goalkeeper during his youth, looked up to and tried to emulate Howard, who made 77 appearances for Man United from2003 to 2007

"My first season, I went in net," Rashford told The Sunday Times.

Player Of The Year

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Usually to pick my player of the year I go back through my game recaps to total up Man of the Match awards, look at the stats, think about the season to consider if there were any lynch pins that don't show up in the numbers, etc. This year though it was a no-brainer. The player of the year was clearly Dominique Badji.

Sounders vs Colorado Rapids, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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Every MLS game starts at 1 PM. Watch this one on JOEtv or in stadium with us.

Win and the Seattle Sounders get to rest. They can also get a bye if they draw, Portland loses AND Sporting KC doesn't win. It's easier if Seattle beats the Colorado Rapids, who are just an awful soccer team with less than half a goal scored per road match this year.

Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids: Streaming, news, highlights, analysis

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It's Decision Day. The Sounders can decide to take second in the West with a win.

It is Fan Appreciation Day, Decision Day -- the final regular season match of 2017. There will be Seattle Sunshine pouring down on the Colorado Rapids, who have nothing to play for. The Seattle Sounders are capable of taking 2nd in the West with a win.

RSL remains in playoff hunt despite falling to Rapids

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Real Salt Lake has made a valiant push towards the postseason, and it will extend one more week despite a loss to the lowly Colorado Rapids.

Due to the Seattle Sounders' win over FC Dallas, RSL's hopes stayed alive despite a 1-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids on Sunday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Alan Gordon snatches wild Rapids win over Impact

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Alan Gordon played the part he has made a career of playing in MLSon Saturday night: late hero.

Gordon came in to the Rapids match against the Montreal Impact with the game tied 1-1 and each team having been reduced to 10-men after both Jared Watts and Daniel Lovitz had been sent off. Both teams would finish the match with 9-men a piece.

FC Dallas tops Rapids to halt 10-match winless slide

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After several winless months, FC Dallas has finally secured an MLS win.

For the first time since July 22, FC Dallas tasted victory by taking down the Colorado Rapids, 2-0, on Wednesday night at Toyota Stadium. The win is the club's first in 10 games as FC Dallas is now in a dogfight to make the postseason in the West.