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MLS Week 34: A Look Ahead

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Decision Day in Major League Soccer is finally here, and it promises to be even more exciting than last year.

TheWestern Conference will be especially hectic as four teams vie for three playoff spots. The Seattle Sounders will try to solidify a berth and a home playoff game againstReal Salt Lake, whichis one point above the Sounders entering Sunday's clash.

MLS playoff race registers two least-viewed games on ESPN for entire season

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The penultimate weekend of the 2016 MLS regular season this past weekend was the league's worst on ESPN.

Sunday's playoff race matches, which featured Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids (178,000 viewers) and Montreal Impact against Toronto FC (161,000 viewers), were two of the lowest rated programs for the entire day on ESPN.

Adi penalty kick keeps playoff hopes alive as Timbers top Rapids

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It certainly wasn't the prettiest of performances, but it was enough to keep the Portland Timbers alive.

A Fanendo Adi penalty kick was all that was needed Sunday, as the Timbers topped the Colorado Rapids, 1-0. The win keeps the Portland Timbers in the playoff chase heading into the final week, while the loss sees the Colorado Rapids head into their final match still in pursuit of a Supporters Shield.

Portland Timbers Keep Playoff Hopes Alive with 1-0 Win Over Colorado Rapids

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It wasn't pretty, but the Portland Timbers got all three points from this afternoon's must-win match against the Colorado Rapids, grinding out a 1-0 win against the former Supporters Shield leaders.

Much like the last time the two teams met, the match started out chippy and got worse as the game went on, with the Rapids out fouling the Timbers 14-6 in the first half.

Coming Down the Stretch: Keys for the Portland Timbers

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As the Portland Timbers' season draws to a close, the club is in dire need of three wins to keep their MLS Playoff and CONCACAF Champions League hopes alive. Facing games against the Colorado Rapids and Saprissa at home and Cascadia Cup rival Vancouver Whitecaps on the road, the Timbers need to piece together three of their best performances of the year in a row if they are going to have a chance to move on in the respective competitions.

The Path to the Playoffs: This Week is the Worst

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This week is just the worst.

With the Portland Timbers currently sitting below the red line, hoping for some confluence of results that will allow them to overtake at least one of the teams above them on the table, this last, gameless week has been a drag for Timbers fans as we stew on the lost opportunities and plentiful injustices that have dogged the side this season.

Portland Timbers Road Horrors Continue, Lose 1-0 to Colorado Rapids

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The Portland Timbers came to Dick's Sporting Goods Park riding a high following their first road win of the year on Tuesday, but after the match was over the Timbers were back to their usual road form: bad. After a scoreless first half that saw the Timbers with the bulk of the chances, the Rapids picked up a second half goal before seeing the game out for the 1-0 win.

FC Dallas

MLS Power Rankings, Week 33: One more week

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There's one more week left...who will step up in the Power Rankings?

The playoff line is as red as ever, as we draw to the final week of the season. Week 33 saw a couple teams finally squander their chances to make the playoffs, while in the Western Conference, 4 teams will fight it out for the final 3 spots above that red line.

Howard comes up big as Rapids edge FC Dallas

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FC Dallas could have clinched a playoff berth with a win on Saturday night, but the Western Conference powerhouse saw their push for the postseason delayed largely due to the play of Tim Howard.

It took just one goal to topple FC Dallas on Saturday night, as Dominique Badji provided a second half finish to lead the Colorado Rapids to a 1-0 win at Toyota Stadium.

Major League Soccer

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/18/16

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Philadelphia Union News

Union 0, Orlando 2: Player grades, analysis from pitiful home performance
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MLS News

Armchair Analyst: Dallas take Shield lead but injuries loom large in Wk.

Draw in Chicago, win for the Rapids

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The Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew drew at Toyota Park and the Colorado Rapids beat San Jose at home in MLS action.

Rapids top Earthquakes to jump into Supporters' Shield lead

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The Colorado Rapids are leading the Supporters' Shield race. If anyone had mentioned this in March, theywould have been laughed at.

However, that is the reality as Kevin Doyle marked his return with two goals to lead the Rapids past the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Thursday night.

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Death Or Glory

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It was either this or Career Opportunities
So here we are. 3 games in 11 days to win the Supporters Shield. First up, the Earthquakes tomorrow night. San Jose is one loss (or a couple of wins from other teams) from playoff elimination so they have a lot on the line as well though they're chances are really slim even with a win.

54' 40" Or Fight!

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Rapids. Whitecaps. Its going to be wet.
A final trip to Canada, at least in the regular season, is up tomorrow for the Rapids. Vancouver is barely holing on to playoff hopes and a loss combined with an KC win would all but eliminate them this weekend. Meanwhile the Rapids need a win to stay in the Shield race.

Play To Win

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Pretty sure I've used this one before
Tomorrow night we start the critical final seven game run to the playoffs. We still have a shot at the Shield, the top spot in the West, or a CCL spt (or possibly all 3). The run has to start now with a win over San Jose in 24 hours. The problem? We're 0 for our last 13 against SJ and 0 for our last 10 against them here in Colorado.

Last Chance To Turn The Season Around

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Last time we were in Dallas...
Three weeks ago I wrote about how important this 5 game run was. I said to achieve our reasonable goal (at that point) of a top 2 finish and a shot at the Shield we needed to show up for these 5 games because the run-in after that was an easier schedule. Well in the first four of those games we've managed 2 points and seen Dallas pull away from us and LA and FSL start breathing down our necks.

Houston Dynamo

MLS Week 32: A Midweek Look Ahead

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The international break is just ending, but MLS returns to action on Wednesday night to kickstart a midweek slate of three games.

All three matches have major playoff implications, starting with Wednesday's clash that pits the Seattle Sounders against the Houston Dynamo.

Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo: Scouting Report

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The offense runs through Mauro Manotas. He's less than average when not facing Portland in Houston.

In each of the last two matchups (both on the road) Houston held a one-goal lead until late in the match, when the Seattle Sounders managed a pair of tying stoppage-time goals. Now, the Worst in the West will visit the Emerald City, eliminated from playoff contention and with an interim coach at the helm.

Badji helps Rapids secure first-round bye with win over Dynamo

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What a difference one year has made for the Colorado Rapids.

The Rapids extended their unbeaten streak to five games with a 3-2 win over the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday night. The victory guaranteed the team a first-round bye and moved Colorado to within two points of league leaders FC Dallas.

Dynamo Fail to Equalize Late, Dropped 3-2 by the Rapids

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Despite showing promise in the attack late, the Dynamo were unable to catch-up to the Colorado Rapids and fall 3-2 at home.

The Houston Dynamo hoped to take down the 2nd place in the West Colorado Rapids Saturday night in Houston, TX. Interim manager Wade Barrett had been criticized during his time for not fully utilizing the offense which at times had looked stagnant.

Previewing the Houston Dynamo vs. the Colorado Rapids with Burgundy Wave

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We spoke with John Rosch to discuss the upcoming Western Conference fixture between the Dynamo and the Rapids and even some My Little Pony!

The Houston Dynamo stumbled last week when New York City FC came to town which spoiled their winning streak. This time they'll have a chance to turn it around against the 2nd place team in the West, the Colorado Rapids.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The international break is in full swing, as Saturday presents a busy slate of clashes across the world of soccer.

Headlining Saturday's action are several World Cup qualifiers throughout Europe. In England, the Three Lions take the field for the first time since Sam Allardyce's dismissal, adding a bit if intrigue to a clash with minnows Malta.

Houston Dynamo vs. Colorado Rapids Preview: Rapids Bring Leaky Defense

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The Dynamo will not have it easy this weekend when the Colorado Rapids come to town, but the opportunities are there.

Brace yourselves, the Colorado Rapids are travelling to Houston this weekend for their first MLS matchup against the Dynamo this season. This is the first half of a home-and-home between the two sides.

Pick the Houston Dynamo Lineup against the Colorado Rapids

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The Houston Dynamo take on 2nd place in the West the Colorado Rapids. Who's in your starting XI?

The Houston Dynamo failed to extend their winning streak after last week's 2-0 home loss to Eastern Conference powerhouse New York City FC thanks to a brace by David Villa. The offense that looked so good the week prior in large part to a hat-trick by Mauro Manotas struggled to get any shots on target despite 11 total shots.

MLS Week 31: A Look Ahead

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With only three weeks left in the MLS regular season, the pressure is cranking up for a few teams on either side of the red line.

One of several marquee matcheson Saturday features FC Dallas hosting the LA Galaxy. These teams are separated by five points, but the Colorado Rapids have games in hand on both sides, adding more incentive to already heated matchup.

MLS Ticker: Torres, Minnesota United, Mastroeni and more

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A Houston Dynamo forwardreceived more bad news on the injury front, while ticket sales are booming for one of MLS' expansion teams.

Houston Dynamo striker Erick Torres, who is currently on loan at Cruz Azul in Liga MX, suffered an MCL sprain and will be out for 6-8 weeks as a result.

MLS Look Ahead: Week 30

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With only five weeks left in the MLS regular season, the race to the playoffs is heating up.

A battle between first and second place in the Eastern Conference highlights the action this weekend, with Toronto FC hosting the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

MLS Look Ahead: Week 29

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There is a full slate of games this weekend in MLS following the international break,and an American soccer legendcould return to the pitch on Sunday.

Landon Donovan is back with the LA Galaxy after announcing that he is coming out of retirement to finish the 2016 season in light of the injury problems at the club.

New England Revolution

Revolution v. New York City FC: Injury Reports

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Teal Bunbury is back to full health.

The New England Revolution will have plenty of attacking options this weekend because Teal Bunbury is back to full health while Kei Kamara has returned from international duty.

Bunbury missed last weekend's 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids with a right foot injury.

Brad Knighton "huge" against the Rapids

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Everyone was complimenting Brad Knighton after Saturday's game.

While Juan Agudelo and Chris Tierney were scoring goals, Brad Knighton was stopping them on the other side of the field.

On Saturday, Knighton made his fourth consecutive start between the pipes. The netminder was sensational against the Colorado Rapids, making two important stops to secure full points for the New England Revolution.

Revolution 2, Rapids 0: Revs end winless streak

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Juan Agudelo and Chris Tierney grabbed goals to end the Revolution's winless streak.

The New England Revolution put an end to their six-game winless streak on Saturday when they defeated the Colorado Rapids 2-0.

Juan Agudelo grabbed the first goal of the night in the 13th minute. Gershon Koffie and Lee Nguyen were credited with assists after their quick passes created an opportunity for Agudelo.

Revs halt losing streak with upset of Rapids

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Heading into the weekend, the New England Revolution had been one of MLS' coldest teams. Their opponents, the Colorado Rapids, had been one of the best. However, Saturday night presented a bit of role reversal via an upset win.

Goals from Juan Agudelo and Chris Tierney came in either half, as the Revs toppled the Rapids, 2-0, on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

The Rest

Jermaine Jones set to make Rapids return following long-term injury

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The Colorado Rapids are in contention for a Supporters' Shield without one of their biggest stars. Now, with just one week remaining in the MLS season, it appears he's ready to come back.

According to the Denver Post, Jermaine Jones may return to the Rapids lineup as soon as this weekend against against the Houston Dynamo.

Timbers start final week of regular season by outlasting Rapids 1 to 0 to win 2016 home finale

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Fanendo Adi, shown here scoring against Seattle earlier this season, tallied his 16th goal of the 2016 season off a 35th minute penalty. However, Adi missed a second penalty 5 minutes later and the Timbers had to hold on against...

There are wide-ranging problems within the Dynamo organization right now

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Eliminated from playoff contention, the Dynamo organization has deep-running issues. These have to be fixed.

It took a while, but the Dynamo are officially eliminated from postseason contention after they lost at home to the Colorado Rapids on Saturday

There are serious organizational problems in Houston right now.

10-man Whitecaps score late to earn draw with Rapids

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A last-second header goal from Erik Hurtado salvaged what was nearly a devastating loss for the Vancouver Whitecaps. Instead, the Whitecaps jumped back for the home draw and a point.

Hurtado's goal drew the Whitecaps a pointin a tight affair in Vancouver, as the Whitecaps drew the Colorado Rapids, 3-3.

Rapids Lost In New England

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Pablo puts out the best possible lineup given injuries and absences:

Revs score 12 minutes in: Our defense on that goal:
Powers just misses and then has a shot saved:
The Rapids don't get another shot the rest of the half:
Colorado gives up another PK:
Revs miss the PK, making teams 0-3 in the last two games:
Revs score 4 minutes into the second half:
The Rapids get one shot on goal in the second half:
There go our chances for some sort of home-field advantage in the playoffs
Man of the Match: The goalpost.

Revolution v. Rapids: Three Thoughts

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The movement was on point and two more thoughts.

After a disappointing August, the Revs started September with a bang, recording a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids. What did we learn from Saturday's game? Here are a few thoughts.

1. The movement was on point. For the last few weeks, the Revolution attack has looked dire as passes weren't connecting and crosses were missing their marks.

Revs Snap Woes in Win vs. Rapids

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – It's fair to say the Revolution killed two birds with one stone on Saturday.

After a brutal August in which they scored only once and failed to win in five tries during league play, New England snapped a lengthy scoring drought and winless streak in one fell swoop in a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids at Gillette Stadium.

Zach Pfeffer loaned to Colorado Springs

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Former Philadelphia Union homegrown switches USL teams

Former Philadelphia Union homegrown Zach Pfeffer might still have a chance to play this season in Colorado, after all.

But it will be with Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC instead of the Rapids.

Please welcome the newest #sfc15 signings, @ColoradoRapids midfielder @ZachPfeffer_27 & @HarposFC GK @The_Boggins!