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Are You Red..Y?

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Lots of talk over the last 4 months becomes action tomorrow as this season finally gets started. For the Rapids that means a game in San Jose. Its hard to think of a season opener as a "must win" (unless we're talking college football) but considering this is the only game we play against a non 2015 playoff team or FSL until Philly comes to Commerce City on May 28th this is about as close to one as you can get.

Colorado set to host 2015 MLS All-Star Game

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Late last week I received a league-wide press alert saying that Don Garber would be in Denver this week to make a special announcement with some of the Colorado Rapids brass. Some quick speculation went through thinking that the ownership was changing in some ways to the club hosting the All-Star Game this year.

Opening Day 2014

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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.

Roster Status - Jan. 23rd

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Training camp opens tomorrow in Commerce City! Time to get serious. Of course it would probably help if we had a coach....

Anyway, on to our current roster status. First one special note to make:

  • Grant Van De Casteele - The 2014 Transaction Report on MLSSoccer.com shows him as signed.

Terrible Timbers Tumble (Again)

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The woeful Portland Timbers proved once again to be the salve to whatever ails the Colorado Rapids.

The Timbers came to Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City on Wednesday night and fell flat in a 3-0 drubbing. This scoreline was the same as the one that Portland suffered when last visiting Colorado at the end of June, and came five days after the Timbers beat the Rapids 1-0 in Portland.

Colorado - Portland 2: Electric Boogaloo

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Maybe Turbo and Ozone can help us...
Due to being in Portland for the weekend, this will be a combined game review, such as it was, and game preview. Though there really isn't anything to review, due tot he nature of the game and the fact that I was seeing it in person from a lousy seat there isn't much to talk about.

Losing streak halted at 6

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The Colorado Rapids got a first half goal and then made the lead stand up for the first time in more than a month, bringing to an end a record-tying worst losing streak.

Joseph Nane got the goal, sending a left-footed smash into the roof of the goal in the 38th minute, and the Rapids got the win over rival Real Salt Lake on Saturday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.

Another 2-1 loss

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Stop me if this sounds familiar.

The Rapids lost 2-1.

This time Colorado fell behind in the opening moments, immediately tied the match, and then faded out on Saturday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.

This time the Seattle Sounders were the beneficiaries of this latest loss, but the victors hardly mattered as the Rapids completed an 0-for-July streak that leaves the team questioning its ability.

Saborio, Johnson finish for RSL

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Colorado Rapids rested a host of regulars on Saturday night hoping to find some new fortune heading into the all star break.

No such luck.

A late strike from Will Johnson sealed a 2-0 Real Salt Lake over the Rapids in Sandy, Utah. With a second win against the Rapids, Salt Lake retains the Rocky Mountain Cup for the sixth straight year.

Match Day Info: FC Dallas at Colorado Rapids

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FC DALLAS vs. COLORADO RAPIDS DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK, Commerce City, Colo. July 14, 2012, 9 p.m. ET (KTXA-21)

Rapids Women surge to 4-4 tie

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Rarely have two teams demonstrated what a tale of two halves can look like until the Colorado Rapids Women and the Santa Clarita Blue Heat squared off over the weekend.

Playing at home, the Blue Heat dominated the first half and took a commanding 4-0 lead in to the locker room.

For Santa Clarita, Laura Luis scored early off an Edite Fernandes assist in the fourth minute of play.

Rapids dominate in 3-0 win

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The Rapids definitively needed a win and on Saturday night the team delivered a definitive victory in eviscerating the Portland Timbers 3-0.

Colorado (7-8-1) scored early to take control and late to make it a rout in dismantle the Timbers. Jaime Castrillon scored in the 18th minute and Conor Casey tallied four minutes later as Oscar Pareja's offense finally showed signs of coming together.

Rapids surge drowns Goats

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The Colorado Rapids parlayed one goal into four and turned a tight match with Chivas USA into a 4-0 victory Saturday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.

Kamani Hill got two goals, Jeff Larentowicz buried a penalty kick and rookie Tony Cascio found his second of the year as the Rapids ended a three-game losing streak.

Cummings leads Rapids past Fire

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If the boot of Omar Cummings tells anything about the Colorado Rapids season, then things are off to a promising start.

Cummings scored in the 58th minute, his second tally in four games this season, as the Rapids beat the Chicago Fire 2-0 in Commerce City.

With the win, the Rapids improved to 3-1 on the season.

Colorado Tries To Bounce Back Against Chicago

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Chicago Dog Week at the Class VI/Pid Army tailgate

After a long two weeks in the Northeast the Rapids are finally back at home on Sunday. The Fire are in town and Colorado is trying to right the ship after a bad outing in NY. Game time is 5pm and since its a themed tailgate (see above) the grills start and kegs open at 2pm.

Pablo Dealing With Post-Concussion/Emory Released

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Two pieces of news out of Commerce City today.
  • Mastroeni is experiencing post-concussion -like symptoms and has been held out of practice the last two days.
Obviously this is not a good sign. Kyle Martino reported during Sunday's game that Pablo felt he was one bad concussion away from retirement, and now he's having post-concussion symptoms 10 days after suffering a head knock against Columbus.

Rapids face Crew to start season

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Following the shortest offseason, Major League Soccer swings into action on Saturday and the Rapids face Columbus at home in Commerce City.

The March 10 first kick comes less than four months after the Los Angeles Galaxy claimed the MLS Cup title. Now the league and the Rapids begin their 16th season of play less than two weeks from the start of spring.

New Trialist and Season Preview

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A surprise announcement from Commerce City today as Brazilian Luis Eduardo Schmidt, aka Edu, has started a trial with the team. He contacted the Rapids about a trial, as opposed to the usual other way around. He's a 33 year old midfielder/forward with 15 years of experience in Brazil and Spain. He has 63 goals in 253 La Liga appearances over 9 years.

The Force makes Rapids move

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The Force is the Force of course, of course, unless of course the Force is no more.

The Colorado Force became the Colorado Rapids Women on Tuesday, wiping out the name of a past W-League champion, but also paving the way for a new experience in women's soccer in Colorado.

Based out of Fort Collins and playing in Loveland for the past several years, the Colorado Force had provided inexpensive, family-centered entertainment.

Wallace Out For The Season

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Bad news out of Commerce City today as Anthony Wallace ripped his Achilles in training yesterday and he'll miss 6-9 months. That means if he takes exactly 6 months and no longer he can get back for the final 7 games. Realistically he'll be back closer to the final 2 games, at which point hopefully the Rapids will be in their playoff push.

Rumors And Trialists

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Last night the Rapids held a Supporters Forum at Fado's in Lodo. I was unable to attend, but the big news that came out of the forum was that Colorado is pursuing a young #10-style Argentine midfielder. No details have been leaked on his name or his background but there may be a new arrival from South America in Commerce City soon.

Colorado Makes Coaching Staff Official

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The addition of Wilmer Cabrera as Pareja's right-hand man has been the worst-kept secret in Commerce City for some time. Today the Rapids made it official, along with the rest of the coaching staff (all of which had been leaked prior to today). The new additions:

Wilmer Cabrera - Assistant Coach
Former Men's U-17 coach for the U.

Colorado Gets New Players And New President

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Busy day in Commerce City as the organization has a new face, a returning face, and a promoted face.
Let's start with the roster moves. In today's re-entry draft the Rapids selected Chicago midfielder Baggio Husidic and Houston defender Hunter Freeman. Husidic is a 24 year old former Generation Adidas player who's been with Chicago since leaving college 3 years ago.

Rapids News and Notes - December 3rd 2011

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Sorry I went AWOL on everyone (which I'm guessing is about 5 readers at this point in the offseason ;)) for a few days, stomach flu sucks. A couple of interesting news items came out this week.
  • Colorado declined the options on Miguel Comminges, Danny Earls, Steven Emory, and Michael Holody.
Holody's 3 years of service means he's eligible to be selected by other MLS teams in next week's re-entry drafts.

Bravo wins, Smith leaves

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Gary Smith, who led the Colorado Rapids to an improbable championship in 2010, was shown the door on Monday.

The coach, who had agreed to a new contract, and the team announced a parting of the ways on Monday afternoon. The departure came the same day that Rapids players cleared out their lockers following a 4-0 aggregate loss to Kansas City in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

One Game Down, Three To Go

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A cold night in Commerce City worked to the Rapids advantage as they got a first half lead and then suffocated any chances the Crew might have had to get back into the game. Colorado won 1-0 and moved on to the Conference Semi-Final round to face Kansas City.
The Rapids took control early as they had the majority of play in the first half.

Cummings delivers, Colorado advances

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After a stellar 2010 campaign, Omar Cummings has had a season to forget. On Thursday night, however, he reminded everyone just how deadly he can be.

Cummings was alone in the penalty area when his roommate, Kosuke Kimura, passed to him in the waning moments of the first half. Kimura, who made regular forays into the attack, saw Cummings just after receiving a pass from Brian Mullan.

Rapids host CCL play on Aug. 17

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The Colorado Rapids will host its first match of the 2011-2012 CONCACAF Champions League on Aug. 17 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, taking on either Isidro Metapan of El Salvador or the Puerto Rico Islanders in the competitions Group Stage.

CONCACAF announced on Thursday the first two matches of the Group Stage, with the Rapids traveling to face Real España of Honduras on Aug.

No Rest for the Weary

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On the tail end of their busiest stretch of the season, the New England Revolution will need to find the energy to do something they haven't done in over nine years if they are to build on Wednesday's win over D.C. United, their first victory since mid-May.

A.J. Soares and the Revolution defense will have a tough task Saturday against Colorado's speedy offensive line.

England U-20s bound for Colorado

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So, your team's going to play a tournament in Colombia and you need a place to train. How about Colorado?

Evidently, that is the thinking of the English U-20 team, which departed for the Rocky Mountains today. The U-20s are training for the U-20 World Cup, which opens on July 29.

The Young Lions squad met up in Hertfordshire on Thursday before traveling Friday to spend 10 days in Commerce City using the Colorado Rapids facilities in order to help acclimate to the conditions they will face in South America.

Rapids continue disappointing run

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For crying out loud, another tie?! Midfielder Jeff Larentowicz goes down after being fouled during the Rapids 0-0 tie with Houston at home on July 3. (Photograph by Jonathan Ingraham/ColoradoSoccerNow.com.)

The Colorado Rapids have exhausted the thesaurus entry for "disappointing" this season, and now the team has moved on to "frustrating.

Colo

USWNT Start Victory Tour on 9-1-12

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Just a quick reminder that the USWNT is starting their Victory Tour tomorrow in Rochester, New York. The game sold out the 11,000 tickets so quickly that the stadium added another 2,000 seats, which also sold out within 30 minutes. Abby Wambach will be playing in front of her home town to start the tour off right.

Trivia Time on Twitter

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We asked a Trivia question on twitter (@ussoccer) earlier today, seeing if you knew how many members of the delegation have played for the USA against Guatemala?

The answer: 13.

Most of the delegate members played in the 2008 Home and Away matches with Guatemala in the semifinal round of the Last World Cup cycle.

LA Galaxy

Why Are the San Jose Earthquakes So Good?

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While Timbers fans were watching their team get torn to bits in Colorado, the LA Galaxy were scoring three goals for the third straight match, this time against the first place San Jose Earthquakes. Those Timbers fans who decided to switch over to ESPN after the final whistle in Commerce City (or before -- I certainly wouldn't think any less of you if you cut away early) saw a performance that has been as rare for the Portland Timbers as it has been common for the Quakes -- a comeback victory.

MLS Western Conference Week 13: Patterns Emerging

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Last week Ryan and I shared our competing analyses projecting what the MLS table is likely to look at by the end of the season. While there were some minute differences between our approaches, one trend seemed to be present in both models. Two groups are emerging in the Western Conference this year: a group of five teams that look set to take the playoff spots, and a group of four teams that might be out of the running long before the season ends.

MLS Week 21: What To Watch For

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Columbus hopes to remain on top this weekend in the Eastern Conference. (Getty Images)

What a wild night in Major League Soccer it was last night. Week 21 got off with a bang in some ways as the LA Galaxy saw their long unbeaten run come to an end at the hands of the Portland Timbers of all teams.

The Rest

Revolution vs. Rapids: How to Watch Saturday’s Desert Diamond Cup Showdown

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Afternoon matchup to provide sneak peek of March 4 season opener.

In two short weeks, the Revolution and Rapids will kick off the 2017 MLS season in Commerce City, Colo. This afternoon, the two clubs will square off in a tune-up match during the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup.

Both teams have already played an inaugural match in the tournament, with the Revolution falling to the Houston Dynamo and the Rapids drawing with Sporting Kansas City.

CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying at the Dick in October

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The Rapids announced today that DSG Park will host the 3rd group stage games of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers in October. All 8 qualified teams will play on either Tue. October 6th or Wed. Oct. 7th in Commerce City. These will be the U-23 National Teams playing, though the teams that qualify for the Olympics are allowed to bring 3 overage players to the actual Games.

USMNT to hold Costa Rica qualifier at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

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The decision so many U.S. Men's National Team fans have been anxiouslywaiting for has finally been made.

The U.S. will play their first home game of the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying at Dicks Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

Smoke and Mirrors

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It's still hard to grasp how the Revs didn't get absolutely obliterated in their last two games.

Despite being outshot, outplayed, and generally outclassed on the whole by a mediocre D.C. United, the Revs miraculously clinched their first road victory of the 2011 season last Wednesday thanks to an opportunistic Stephen McCarthy header.