Colorado Rapids

Thanks Omar!

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On Sunday Omar Cummings announced that FC Cincinnati's friendly against Valencia CF last night would be his final game as a professional. He will immediately transition to teh front office working with Cinci's youth club.

Omar was one half of the C+C Goal Factory that combined for 89 goals for the Rapids between 2007 and 2012 (39 for Omar, 50 for Casey) and was one of the starters for the Rapids in MLS Cup 2010.

Rapids Trade Cummings For Sturgis

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More after the holidays but today the Rapids traded Omar Cummings to Houston for Nathan Sturgis and allocation money.

Omar Cummings Traded to Houston Dynamo

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In their second trade of the young offseason, the Houston Dynamo have acquired striker Omar Cummings in a trade with the Colorado Rapids. In return, Colorado will receive Nathan Sturgis and an undisclosed amount of allocation money.

In the trade, the Dynamo addressed their most glaring need in the forward position.

Dynamo land Cummings from Rapids

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The Houston Dynamo went into the off-season needing a speed option at forward after losing Calen Carr to a torn ACL and not only did they get one, they managed to land one of the best in Major League Soccer.

The Dynamo acquired Jamaican forward Omar Cummings from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for Nathan Sturgis and allocation money, the teams announced on Sunday.

News & Notes - 12/13/12

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Just a couple of notes on the eve of Phase 2 of the Re-entry Draft.

  • Hunter Freeman tweeted that its been good to be back for a year, but there's a new challenge ahead. I think its safe to say he and the Rapids did not come to an agreement on a new contract and he won't be back next year.

What's Happened To C+C Goal Factory?

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Full game recap coming, but a post-game discussion got me to do some research. Namely people were asking why Pareja seemed to be unwilling to play Casey and Cummings at the same time. I wondered how much of that was by choice and how much was due to injury so I looked it up.

Only 9 times this season have they both been Probable on the injury report or better, and in each of those games at least one of them was listed as Probable, so they've never been completely healthy (Casey has been on the injury report every game this season).

Rapids Face Koz And The Timbers

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Hopefully a good metaphor for the Timbers after the game
The Rapids head for the Rose City on Friday night to face the Timbers, a team they have never lost to. Portland, of course, is where long-time Rapids fan favorite Kosuke Kimura was traded to and I'm sure he's going to want to show Colorado what they're missing.

Frustrated Colorado Rapids Will Look to Avoid Falling Further

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Wow, what a busy week! The FO have announced season tickets would remain flat, the field would be widened, TicketMaster would be fired and Caleb Porter would be hired.

What's that? We have two games in six days against the Colorado Rapids? Oh ... right.

When Stumptown Footy previewed the Colorado Rapids ahead of their first match this year against the Portland Timbers, the Rapids weren't in great shape.

Rapids Try To Get Chivas' Goat

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Maybe some roasted goat at the tailgate?
The Under-A-Chivas are in town tomorrow coming off a beat down at the hands of the LA Galaxy. The Rapids really need to pick up home points to have any playoff chance at all, so this is almost a must-win game. Game time tomorrow is 7pm, so the tailgate starts at 5.

Seventh Verse, Same As The First

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Rapids get lead, Rapids lose lead, Rapids lose cool, Rapids lose game, again. That's pretty much the description of Saturday's game.
My key to the game was keeping things going from last week. Nope, reverted back to our July form.
Other Observations:
  • Despite me saying this was the same as past games I will say that the defensive breakdowns weren't as bad.

Time For A New Streak

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Yep, still using this pic :D
The Rapids are in Dallas tomorrow, aka DSG Park South (at least in the playoffs). Two teams that have fallen greatly since they met almost two years ago in Toronto for MLS Cup. Dallas is in worse shape than we are though, needing a miracle to even sniff the playoffs while if the Rapids can get hot over the next 5 games, 4 of which are against teams out of the playoffs, they can be back in the picture.

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.

Slower, Lower, Weaker

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More of the same. Not really going to review the game because if you saw any league match in July you saw this game.
My key to the game was the Rapids figuring out how to win. Not yet.
Other Observations:
  • The first Sounders goal we just got beat on. It was a corner kick and Johnson did a good job of getting his man (Wynne it looks like) caught in traffic so EJ could have a free header.

Sounders at Colorado Rapids - Gamethread

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After all the action off the pitch Friday it may be tempting to overlook a Saturday match at the Colorado Rapids. This Western Conference "six-pointer" could effectively limit the Rapids from Playoff contention while raising the Sounders above Vancouver after their loss. Nabbing the win will require a different order of goals than the Sounders typically score.

Sounders at Colorado Rapids - Three Questions

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Saturday's match at Colorado will be the final meeting between the Sounders and the Rapids. KONG 6/16 will broadcast the match with typical Spanish language and radio coverage as well. The two sides are nearly completely opposite in form. Where the Colorado Rapids have lost five straight (OK, they beat Swansea), the Seattle Sounders are in a stretch of four unbeaten, though with only one win.

RSL back on track after beating Rapids

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In a match that didn't see much separating the two sides, a pair of bad defensive blunder ultimately paved the way for Real Salt Lake to rebound well from their most embarrassing loss of the season.

Fabian Espindola intercepted a bad back-pass from Marvell Wynne to help set up an Alvaro Saborio tap-in on the way to a 2-0 RSL victory against the Colorado Rapids at Rio Tinto on Saturday night.

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.

Our Greatest Triumph

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Second game in a row I can use this pic :D
We go from facing our opposition in MLS Cup to playing at the location of MLS Cup. Unfortunately the Rapids have lost every game they've ever played in Toronto other than MLS Cup. Much like Seattle, Toronto appears unbeatable at home, at least by us.

FC Dallas snaps 13-match winless slide with comeback road win in Colorado

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FC Dallas had gone 13 matches without a win. A span of three miserable months that sucked the life out of a season that began with so much promise. There was very little reason to think Dallas would be able to go to Colorado and find that elusive victory in one of the tougher places to play in MLS, but FC Dallas found a way to end their misery, if only for one night.

The Unamazing Seven

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Now 7 games in Seattle, 7 losses. Total of 5 goals scored, 18 conceded. That's really the story of this game.
The Rapids were under siege the first 15 minutes but somehow, amazingly, didn't give up a goal. The rest of the half was also controlled by the Sounders, but the Rapids managed to relieve the pressure a bit better after the first third of the half.

Stumbling, bumbling Rapids fall again

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The Rapids have started a tradition of getting into hot water and putting playoff hopes in jeopardy during the month of July. After the weekend's results, Colorado has no where to go but up.

The Rapids followed a tepid 1-0 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps at home on July 4 with a dismal 2-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders late Saturday.

Seattle Sounders Outlast Colorado Rapids

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Summer had finally arrived in the Pacific Northwest after a dreary June that only was exceeded in dreariness by the Sounders performance over the same period of time. Seattle Sounders have not won a match in their last ten fixtures, they have managed to gather 5 points, 4 of those on the road, despite their inability to to win all 3 points.

Rapids Try To Burn Whitecaps

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The burning of York
200 years ago the U.S. fought the War of 1812 against Britain, mainly in British-held Canada. As part of the war the American forces burned York. Tonight the Rapids will try to recreate the victory over Canada by beating the Vancouver Whitecaps on Independence Day.

Rapids Try To Chop Down TImbers

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Felled logs floating down river
Last year we opened the season with a 3-1 home win over Portland, our opponents tomorrow night. We later beat them 1-0 with a favorable non-offside call in Portland. Tomorrow we hope to keep that streak going with another win. Kickoff tomorrow is 7pm.

Finally Recovered (Mostly), Colorado Rapids Looking Dangerous

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Fans of the Colorado Rapids, like those of so many other teams this year, are frustrated.

Injuries, which hampered the team in the year following its MLS Cup win, have even more drastically held them down in 2012. According to Jason Maxwell of Rapids fan blog View From the Couch, the 2012 Rapids have dealt with injuries at an alarming rate of 4.

Pareja versus Smith

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Not surprisingly its been popular with our inconsistent start of the season to question if the coaching change was the right move. I supported the move at the time and I continue to support it now. Apparently I'm not alone as the Burgundy Wave blog has a great Hero Worship article about the flawed comparisons between Gary Smith and Oscar Pareja.


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The True Clash
The Rapids defense is going to have to Clampdown on the team formally known as the Clash order to get a win tomorrow night. Our first mid-week home game of the season will probably result in a smaller but hopefully no less vocal crowd. Despite that the tailgate will go on as normal with a 5:30 start.

Wet Game Forecast For BC Place

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River whitecaps are better than ocean ones
When the Rapids face the Whitecaps you know that somebody's getting soaked. In the first of our 3 meetings against them the Rapids make a trip to the Great White North. The Rapids have never lost in Vancouver (all of one game) while they've never won in Toronto when facing Toronto, so western Canada is much more favorable to us.

MLS Notes: Rapids extend Moor with multi-year deal, Saunders returns & more

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The Colorado Rapids have made a concerted effort to bring in a new kind of personnel this season, revamping their attack with a South American flair under first-year coach Oscar Pareja. The club is also doing what it can to lock up the incumbent nucleus of the team for the long haul, though.

SporKCs Eliminate Colorado, Again

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Not really the result we were hoping for as Sporting KC beat Colorado 2-0 last night. A goal in the latter half of each half did the team in. All credit to the Rapids, they send out a pretty strong lineup:

Cascio - Edu - ThompsonCastrillon - Larentowicz - RiveroFreeman - Marshall - Palguta - KimuraPickens
That's about the best lineup we could play due to our injuries (Moor was a late scratch due to a tight hamstring).

Sporting Look to Continue Cup Run

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Tomorrow at Livestrong Sporting Park, Sporting Kansas City will look to continue their run in this year's US Open Cup in their first attempt at a trophy this year. Sporting KC welcome the Colorado Rapids to Kansas City for their second match up against the Rapids this year. Only a few weeks ago, Sporting KC and Colorado played to a 2-2 draw.

From One Streak to Another

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Sporting KC has gone from a 7 game winning streak to start the season to a 3 game losing streak. The streak has seen KC go from having sole possession of first place in the East and MLS to being tied for second place in the East and a tie for fifth overall. KC will try to break out of that streak tomorrow when they take on the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Denver.

Rapids re-sign Cummings

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The Colorado Rapids have taken another step to keep their core players together for the foreseeable future.

The Rapids re-signed striker Omar Cummings to a multi-year contract on Friday, extending the Jamaican forward's stay in Colorado. In his sixth season with the Rapids, Cummings has scored 36 goals and assisted on 26 others.

Rapids Try To Bounce Back Against The SporKCs

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Spock Spork!

After a disastrous midweek game in DC Colorado is back at home against Sporting KC. Kansas City is on a 3 game slide after winning their first 7 to start the season. There's a big tailgate for this one as Kansas City usually brings a good crown. we're doing a BBQ tailgate and the KC fans are bringing authentic KC BBQ sauce.

Wounded Rapids Head For Nation's Capital

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Our finest moment in DC

After what felt like a extremely long 10 days off Colorado is back in action tomorrow night in DC. The center of power hasn't been kind to the Rapids historically, with last year producing only our 3rd ever win in the District. This season a beat up burgundy side makes the trip with 4 major starters unlikely to start.


Cummings, Garcia score for Dynamo in victory over Fire

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As the MLS season winds to a close, the Houston Dynamo are in need of a steady stream of victories if the team hopes to resurrect their playoff hopes.

A victory is exactly what the Dynamo got Sunday, with Omar Cummings and Boniek Garcia each scoring in a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Fire at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Cummings makes first start, provides a boost

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Although he didn't score, the Dynamo got a huge boost from Omar Cummings.

Cummings, who was the Dynamo's big winter acquisition, had not started a game this season because of a knee injury. He started and played 69 games, taking one shot on goal.

"I thought he did all right," Kinnear said of Cummings.

The Rest

Cummings-Sturgis Trade Follow-Up

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Now that I'm back from my holiday travels time to get into this trade that happened at the oddest time I can remember, Sunday morning two days before Christmas. The Rapids gave up the other half of the C+C Goal Factory, Omar Cummings, in return for allocation money and Nathan Sturgis.

My first instinct is much like the Kimura trade from last year (oddly, Cummings and Kimura were roommates and were considered the Odd Couple of the team).

Jamaica vs. USA: Match Night Commentary

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The U.S. men's national team will attempt to take a big step toward the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying when it faces Jamaica in the fourth match of the six-game semifinal round (8 p.m., beIN Sport). To get three points, though, the Americans will have to do something they have never done in their history: Win a World Cup qualifier on Jamaican soil (0-0-4 all-time).

Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids Player Ratings: No Longer Last Edition

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Well what do we have here? Could it be... should I say it? Oh what the hell, I'll say it. Could it be that the Portland Timbers have found themselves in the midst of a winning streak? I don't want tog et everybody's hopes up being that it's only two wins, both of which were at home, but I think it's safe to say that the Timbers' performance during those two games were markedly better than they were in the months since John Spencer left.