After a midweek vote of confidence by Ben Olsen, the outside back helps on two goals in a key victory over Colorado.
On a muggy Sunday night in front of 12,814 at RFK Stadium, the question coming into the game was whether Taylor Kemp could handle the attack that would likely be thrown his way after two semi-shaky outings at the Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake.
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.
WASHINGTON -D.C. United headed into Sunday night's match against the Colorado Rapids riding a two-game losing slide, while alsofacing theadded difficultyof playing without suspended forward Eddie Johnson.
D.C. United faces a Colorado Rapids side that has played several formations, rotated a lot of players through their lineup, and has given those players many different roles. However, the same flaws keep popping up, and United may well be poised to take advantage.
Every season in MLS, there's going to be one team that is very difficult to write these scouting reports about.
It is upon us. This weekend is the start of the English Premier League season. And you know what that means. You don't have to hide your beer drinking at 7 a.m. on a Saturday anymore. Do it out in the open. You're free. The EPL excuse has arrived.
As well all expected, MLS has suspended Eddie Johnson for two matches.
Ben Olsen expected, we expected it, and I assume that Eddie Johnson must have expected it too. However, MLS today officially announced that Eddie Johnson has been suspended for two league games for kicking the ball at Carlos Salcedo, who was on the ground at the time (Violent conduct now carries an automatic two game suspension).
With Chris Korb out, will Taylor Kemp start on Sunday?
When D.C. United takes on the Colorado Rapids this Sunday, they will do so without the services of left back Chris Korb. The most obvious replacement for Chris Korb, and also the most likely replacement, is Taylor Kemp. Kemp started against the Houston Dynamo and was not very good; however, he has started less than 7 games at left back in his entire MLS career.
With just three points separating the two teams entering Saturday's matchup at ToyotaStadium, the Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas had plenty to play for. However, it didn't take long for the hosts to distance themselves from the opposition due to a pair of quickfinishes.
A few weeks ago during a friendly between Orlando City and Tampa Bay Rowdies, several members of Orlando's Iron Lion Firm started a large fight in the stands which resulted in four members being arrested and fifteen people being banned through various points of the upcoming MLS season.
PORTLAND, Ore. The MLS All-Star Team has had a number of players drop in recent days due to niggling injuries, and you can add another one to the list.
Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman has been forced to withdraw from Wednesday's MLS All-Star Game against Bayern Munich because of a knock sustained in RSL's 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids this past weekend.
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.
It hasn't come to this...yet The Rapids head to DC on Sunday with a 3 game losing streak and a struggle to find the net. DC is currently sitting second in the East, two points behind KC with a game in hand. The good news is that they play their first CONCACAF Champions League game on Wednesday so they'll have to balance that with their game against Colorado.
If its a MLS Cup picture, it must be Dallas tomorrow OK, so Pizza Hut Park FC Dallas Stadium Toyota Stadium is only DSG Park South in the playoffs, but this might as well be a playoff game for the Rapids. Colorado and Dallas are battling for one of the last playoff spots and a loss tomorrow would put Colorado 6 points behind the former Burn.
Yours truly with our Cup Sunday marks the one year anniversary of winning back the Rocky Mountain Cup. We can't win the Cup tomorrow night but we can go a long ways towards accomplishing that goal. Conversely we can lose it tomorrow. The Rapids need 4 points in the last two Rocky Mountain Cup games to retain the Cup while FSL needs 2 points to win it.
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.
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 [.
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.
Mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser will address D.C. United fan's before Sunday's game.
D.C. United announced today that Muriel Bowser, current member of the D.C. Council and likely to be the next Mayor, will speak just before United's Sunday night game against the Colorado Rapids. No one yet knows on what topic she will speak, but I cannot imagine it being about anything other than the proposed D.
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.
Just like the FSL game last week, we could recycle the game review from the New England game by changing the name and it would be fairly accurate. Two goals (including a stupid PK foul from Wynne) in 12 minutes meant the Rapids had to chase the game again, exactly what they couldn't afford to do. Again we saw an inability to break down the defense and the attack left them open for Dallas to get a 3rd early into the 2nd half.
I'm going to dispense with the actual game review as A. the game stunk and that's all that really needs to be said and B. the aftermath says more about what's going on with the Rapids than the game itself.
In his post game interview Pablo Mastroeni had a number of alarming comments. Two in particular that stood out:
"I'm not worried about the trophy, the Rocky Mountain Cup," Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni said after the loss.
As expected the Rapids looked listless on short rest. What wasn't expected was how much of an egg they laid. No passion, sloppy defense, invisible offense, and zero points. Really a sad effort from Colorado but not a shock given their track record in short-rest games this season. My strategic consideration was punting on this game.
FRISCO — FC Dallas scored twice in the opening 11 minutes and again early in the second half to hand Colorado a 3-1 defeat Saturday night at Toyota Stadium, extending its unbeaten streak to eight games.
FCD (10-7-6, 36 points), which hasn't lost in league play since May 31 against San Jose, got goals from Matt Hedges in the ninth minute, from Michel off a penalty kick in the 11th minute and from Fabian Castillo in the 56th minute.
The New England Revolution ended its losing streak at eight on Wednesday with a 3-0 win against the Colorado Rapids and now looks to take that momentum into New Jersey on Saturday as they face the New York Red Bulls.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Charlie Davies got his first home start since joining the New England Revolution and made the most of it, helping to set up the game winning goal in the team's 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night and playing his most impactful minutes in a Revolution uniform.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution avoided tying their franchise record for longest losing streak by outplaying the visiting Colorado Rapids 3-0 Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium. The Revolution move to 8-11-2 (26 points) on the season and end an eight-game losing streak in MLS matches, which began in late May.
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:
The stage was set and all it took was a last-minute save for NIck Rimando to etch his name in the history books.
Real Salt Lake scored an early goal through the feet of midfielder Javier Morales and then held on for dear life the rest of the match, playing practically the entire second half down a man thanks to a red card earned by defender Aaron Maund.