Colorado Rapids

Around The Forest: Portland Timbers struggling with defensive issues

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The MLS transfer window closes, DC United the busiest team in MLS and more transfer news!


Portland Timbers have struggled to find consistency on backline this season due to injuries | OregonLive.com
Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter started his preferred center back pairing in Liam Ridgewell and Larrys Mabiala for the first time this season in Portland's 3-1 win over the LA Galaxy last week.

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.

GAME THREAD: Colorado Rapids vs. Philadelphia Union

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Can the Philadelphia Union manage at least a point against currently the best team in MLS? Can the Union win it?

Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO
Saturday, May 28, 2016
9:00 PM ET
TCN - Dave Leno and Peter Pappas
Online Streaming: MLS LIVE
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Starting XI
Kevin Doyle Forward C.

Espindola rescues a point for United in 1-1 draw with Colorado

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Fabian Espindola's 80th minute strike salvaged a point in the home opening 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids tonight at RFK Stadium.

Set piece defending remains D.C. United's kryptonite in 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids

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The Black-and-Red conceded a third set piece goal in just three MLS games this season, as Fabian Espindola scored late to equalize

In search of their first win of 2016, in any competition, D.C. United were again undone by a new foe this season, as United conceded their third set piece goal in a 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids.

D.C. United remain winless after a 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids

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Fabian Espindola salvaged a late point for the Black-and-Red after Dillon Powers put the Rapids ahead in the second half

D.C. United's winless streak to start the season ran to five games, as the Black-and-Red salvaged a late point in a 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids. Looking for their first win of the MLS season after a loss and draw in their first two games, United were pegged back in the second half through a Dillon Powers header.

SBI Spotlight: Dillon Powers experiences 'life-changing' Reading trial

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Dillon Powers spent more than two weeks on trial with English Championship club Reading FC this offseason, and came back to the U.S. from that experience a changed man.

The 25-year-old midfielder originally joined the Royals for two weeks in November, but had his trial at Hogwood Park extended a few more days.

Reading extends Dillon Powers' trial another week

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Dillon Powers' future with the Colorado Rapids remains up in the air, as Reading remains interested.

Reading has prolonged Powers' trial from two weeks to three in an effort to better gaugewhether the midfielder is someone worth signing. Powers is an attractive option because he has an Italian passport that does not require him to obtain a work permit to make a move to the English Championship club, but the Royals want to get a closer look before deciding if they should sign him during the upcoming transfer window.

Dillon Powers joins Reading for a two-week trial

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Danny Williams will not be the only U.S. midfielder at Reading FC these next couple of weeks, as Dillon Powers started a trial at the English Championship side.

The Colorado Rapids announced that the 24-year-old midfielder has joined Reading for a two-week trial, which started on Sunday.

Timbers salvage draw with Colorado despite officiating challenges and uneven offensive effort

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The Portland Timbers had hoped to regain fifth place in the Western Conference and help their playoff hopes, but in order to do that, they would need to win in Colorado against the Colorado Rapids - a place that hasn't been very good to them historically. While Diego Valeri staked them to a lead, the Timbers had to rally late behind a Gaston Fernandez goal to secure a 2 all draw on the road.

Rapids rally to overcome two-goal deficit, draw 10-man Union

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With a comfortable two-goal lead and just 14 minutes left in regulation, the Philadelphia Union looked able to coast to their second home win of the season. But a 76th minute red card quickly turned the tide as a 10-man Union couldn't hold back the deluge from the Colorado Rapids, who equalized for a 3-3 draw.

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Colorado Rapids

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Colorado Rapids roll through PPL Park to take on the home town Philadelphia Union in a Saturday night MLS clash.

PPL Park, Chester, PA
July 12, 2014
7:00 PM ET
6ABC - Marc Zumoff and Peter Pappas
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Starting XI
Conor Casey Forward Deshorn Brown

Danny Cruz, Cristian Maidana, Sebastien Le Toux

Amobi Okugo, Michael Lahoud


Kamani Hill, Dillon Powers, Dillon Serna

Nick LaBrocca, Jared Watts

Fabinho, Sheanon Williams, Ethan White, Ray Gaddis Defense Marvell Wynne, Shane O'Neill, Drew Moor, Marc Burch
Zac MacMath Goalkeeper Clint Irwin
Andre Blake, Vincent Nogueira, Brian Carroll, Aaron Wheeler, Andrew Wenger, Austin Berry, Brian Brown Bench John Berner, Chris Klute, Thomas Piermayr, Marlon Hairston, Carlos Alvarez, Danny Mwanga, Gabriel Torres
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Colorado Gets Another Easy Three Points From Canada

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The Rapids returned to league play like they had never taken a break, while Vancouver looked like they had never started playing. Early dominance from Colorado led to a Dillon Powers goal midway through the half and a stupid PK given up by Vancouver near the end of the first finished off any hope the had.

Rapids snap Whitecaps unbeaten streak, bounce back from Open Cup loss

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The Vancouver Whitecaps went to Colorado on Saturday tied with the Rapids for the fourth spot on the Major League Soccer Western Conference table. They leave bumped down in the playoff race after a performance unbecoming of a postseason hopeful.

The Rapids laid siege to the Whitecaps, out-shooting them by a whopping 19-to-5 with Dillon Powers and Vicente Sanchez breaking through for a 2-0 win and snapping an eight-game unbeaten streak for Vancouver.

Know Your Enemy: Colorado Rapids

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No shadows from the starlight here.

OTF's Stephen Mangat is softer than a lullaby...

John Denver once sang about seeing fire rain down in theColorado Rocky Mountains, and with the Chicago Fire playing at the Colorado Rapids in a midweeker, I'm sure Fire fans are hoping that Denver's words are prophetic.

MLS Week 11: A Look Ahead

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The MLS season will continue to play on but teams across the league will be dealing with some heavy losses this weekend due to international duty.

Without Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando, and Alvaro Saborio in their squad, Real Salt Lake look to remain undefeated when they host the Colorado Rapids in the first Rocky Mountain Cup match of the season.

MLS in Atlanta, Grant Wahl and Dillon Powers | Episode 408

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Sports Illustrated senior writer Grant Wahl discusses MLS in Atlanta, Arthur Blank, and more. In the second segment Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Powers checks in to talk about mullets, burritos, and ... his video making skills.

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MLS in Atlanta, Grant Wahl and Dillon Powers | Episode 408

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Sports Illustrated senior writer Grant Wahl discusses MLS in Atlanta, Arthur Blank, and more. In the second segment Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Powers checks in to talk about mullets, burritos, and ... his video making skills.

Follow @GrantWahl on Twitter | Follow @powerhour5 on Twitter

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Portland Timbers can’t overcome second half penalty kicks, lose 2 to 0 to Colorado Rapids

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In the first road match in the 2014 regular season for the Portland Timbers, the club was hoping to take some of the advantages created in possession and passing statistics to jump start their offense and take advantage of chances. While the team stuck to their plan for most of the match, they fell behind courtesy of two penalty kick calls against goalkeepers Donovan Ricketts and Andrew Weber that the Rapids converted for a 2 to 0 in Denver, CO.

Dillon Powers: 2013 Rookie of the Year

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Two posts tonight, we'll get to the schedule release later this evening. First the good news for our rookies. Dillon Powers was named Rookie of the Year today, beating out teammate Deshorn Brown. Powers and Brown finished first and second in each category (club. media, and player voting) putting them far ahead of 3rd placed DeAndre Yedlin of Seattle (though the difference between Brown and Yedlin in player voting was only 1.

Rapids’ Powers named MLS Rookie of the Year

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When the Colorado Rapids started Dillon Powers in their 2013 season opener, they likely didn't realize that it would be the first of 29 starts this season.

The Notre Dame product kept producing solid performances in the center of midfield, holding down the spot and helping lead the banged-up Rapids to the MLS Playoffs.

2013 MLS Award Finalist Unveiled

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Major League Soccer today announced the finalists for its 2013 awards. The winners for each award will be revealed in the coming weeks.

You can see how I voted here.

2013 Major League Soccer Awards Finalists

(Listed in alphabetical order by last name within each award category)

AT&T Rookie of the Year Finalists

Deshorn Brown (Colorado Rapids)
Dillon Powers (Colorado Rapids)
DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

Xbox Individual Fair Play Finalists*

Jalil Anibaba (Chicago Fire)
Nat Borchers (Real Salt Lake)
Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers)

*Selected by MLS based on objective criteria such as fouls committed, cards received, games & minutes played, as well as subjective evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior.

Playoff Envy: Seattle Sounders Top Colorado Rapids, Houston Dynamo Crush Montreal Impact

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Seattle Sounders 2:0 Colorado Rapids

The home-standing Sounders started the game well enough, which was probably no surprise after Colorado opted for big lineup changes. Oscar Pareja - my personal vote for MLS Coach of the Year - maybe over-thought things by dropping Marvell Wynne, moving Shane O'Neill to right back, and bringing in German Mera (who only played 577 minutes in 2013) centrally.

Rapids Go For Clean Sweep Over Canada

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Here we are, the end of the regular season. After going 4 for 4 against Canada so far this season Colorado can guarantee a home playoff game with a win in Vancouver on Sunday night. Depending on Portland's game on Saturday and the LA-Seattle game kicking off an hour after we do on Sunday the Rapids could finish anywhere from 2nd to 5th but only a win will get them above 4th while a draw will leave them in either 4th or 5th.

The Call Up

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Getting harder and harder not to repeat myself on these
The Rapids have a quick turn around as they head out to the Bay Area tomorrow for a final matchup with the Earthquakes. With a win and a Vancouver loss or draw the Rapids will clinch a playoff berth. Even without the Vancouver result a win will prevent San Jose from being able to pass Colorado.

24 Under 24: Dillon Powers

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MLS has started their now annual list of the best 24 players under the age of 24 and quickly into the list we find Plano native Dillon Powers. Powers is young holding midfielder for the Colorado Rapids who was drafted this season Notre Dame. Powers played forAndromeda SC here in Dallas during his formative years as well as the US U18 and U20 teams.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Deshorn Brown

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Winning the Rocky Mountain Cup is no easy task.

Winning it as a rookie is even tougher. Not only did Deshorn Brown win the Rocky Mountain Cup this year, but he scored the first of his side's two goals in a 2-2 draw with Real Salt Lake, earning the Colorado Rapids the annual trophy.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Dillon Powers

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With the Los Angeles Galaxy in town, most casual observers wouldn't have expected the host Colorado Rapids to come away with a victory.

Instead, the hosts comfortably ran out as winners, thanks to Rapids rookie Dillon Powers. Powers scored one goal and assisted on another in the Rapids 2-0 win vs.

Philadelphia Union

News roundup: MLS transfer window closes without Union deals

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There was a ton of player movement around MLS, but the Union's biggest personnel move is a new tattoo artist. PSP runs down the day's news, including the sad news about former Sons of Ben president Kenny Hanson.

Union in Colorado, All-Star Ballot time, West Chester at National Amateur Championship, US hosts Bolivia

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Union news ahead of Saturday's game against the Rapids. West Chester going for National Amateur title. US hosts Bolivia on Saturday. More news.

Union schedule released, 4 are waived, Eddie Johnson rumor, more

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Union release 2014 schedule, waive Anding, Jordan, Kleberson, and Nikolov. Are the Union interested in Eddie Johnson? More news.

Major League Soccer

Looking at Sporting KC's Draft Picks

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We're less than two days away from the 2016 MLS Superdraft. Sporting KC has three picks, just one of them in the first two rounds, the 11th overall pick. The club also has the 52nd and 72nd picks as well. To look at what Kansas City could be getting with those picks, below is a list of players who were taken at each spot in every MLS draft so far.

Kicking off the goodie parade...

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I have learned that Colorado playmaker Dillon Powers - fresh off receiving an Italian passport - is also now receiving interest from Atalanta and Palermo, with a possible view to a summer offer. I also suspect he has at least one suitor in another European country, but let me get back to you later on that one.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Bernardo Anor

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The Columbus Crew have a new head coach, and several new faces, but it has been many of the returning players who have stepped up to help the team get off to a good start.

Count Bernardo Anor among that group. The young midfielder has stepped in nicely to help fill the void left by the retirement of Eddie Gaven, and his two goals on Saturday not only helped the Crew post an impressive 2-1 win against the Philadelphia Union.

Another Dallas local win MLS Rookie of the Year

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Several MLS awards were announced on Monday, one of which was 2013 MLS Rookie of the Year. And it wasn't a big shock to hear Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Powers, a Plano native, to be named the winner of that award.

Powers, 22, was the 11th overall pick in the 2013 MLS Super Draft and the Plano Senior High product had five goals and six assists in 30 games, 29 of which were starts.

The Rest

Re-drafting the Union: Part Two

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This is the second and final installment of a series imagining what the Union would look like had previous SuperDrafts gone differently. Here's part one.

2013 - Round 2, Pick 7 (26th Overall) Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Devon Sandoval, Forward, New Mexico

Original Pick: Don Anding, Forward, Northeastern

Perhaps more disappointing than any pick the Union had made up to this point was the decision to trade the No.

Union bits, Vieira named head coach of NYCFC, ban on headers, more

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News. And more news.

Welcome to the Thunderdome

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This position could turn into a real battle royale, folks. For the first time in USMNT history.Luis GilMikkel DiskerudAlejandro BedoyaKelyn RoweJunior FloresAlso being monitored: Sebastian Lletget, Duane Holmes, Emerson Hyndman, Dillon Powers, Alejandro Guido- Greg Seltzer

Important Off-season Dates

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While the Union season was finished long ago - this article help remind you when things are happening this off-season.

While the Union season was finished long ago - this article help remind you when things are happening this off-season. The Waiver draft passed by without any additions, and we already have the schedule released (which sent me into shock).

Fantasy Focus: Back With a Vengeance

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Our own Handsome Boys SC scored 75 points to lead the league this round. Nathan Sturgis (COL, $4.7M) captained the side and scored 14 points. His Rapids teammate Dillon Powers ($6.3M) scored a goal and earned an assist to score 12 points. Three other players scored seven points -- Chris Klute (COL, $5.