Sorry for the delay, long work day yesterday prevented me from doing my write-up. Needless to say there's a lot to talk about with this one. I'm going to dispense with my normal write-up and hit the important points (and there are a number of them.
In the 3rd minute Brown was 1v1 with Kennedy and badly shanked the shot.
From the high of Friday night to a disaster on Saturday. The Rapids came out flat, got injured, lost their minds, and lost the game. The game started with the Avs still playing, so those of us in Denver missed the first 6-7 minutes, which included (apparently) the first of many great stops by Irwin.
General thoughts on the game... The game started off quite fast and physical with a lot of turnovers. There were a number of missed passes by both teams and of course the goal that decided the game was a mistake on the goalie's part.
The Colorado Rapids continued to dismantle any of the remaining value of the MLS Cup-winning side of 2010, shipping Jeff Larentowicz to the Chicago Fire for cash, a draft choice and an international roster spot.
Larentowicz, the consummate professional during his three years in Colorado, thanked the team for the opportunity as he departed for the Windy City.
The Portland Timbers once again go to Colorado and get absolutely pasted. The Colorado Rapids
did everything they were supposed to do and wanted to do, meanwhile the Timbers looked listless on
offense and some of the defenders looked clueless. 3-0 loss and back into the cellar.
The woeful Portland Timbers proved once again to be the salve to whatever ails the Colorado
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
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.
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.
Ah, the Clash Back to the main point of this blog. Things don't get easier for the
Rapids as their at the Supporters Shield leading Earthquakes tomorrow night. Not an easy place to
turn things around. Game time tomorrow is 8:30pm on Altitude, so go out and enjoy the bike race in
Golden, Boulder, or areas in-between, get a good dinner, and settle down for some soccer.
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.
On Fabian Castillo's performance: It's a combination of three things. He's maturing into the
player we all hoped he would be. He's got tremendous speed, quickness and he's creating some
really, really dangerous situations. The second thing is I think it was a good matchup for him. The
third thing is he really wants to do well for Oscar [Pareja].
Drew Moor played some 123 games for FC Dallas from when he was drafted in 2005 by Colin Clarke
to August 2009, when he was traded to Colorado in exchange for fellow Dallas-Fort Worth area
product and current FCD captain Ugo Ihemelu. Moor and his Colorado Rapids return to Frisco this
weekend and here's more from this affable Dallas native.
Drew Moor hasn't played for FC Dallas for almost three years now after the Dallas native was
traded to Colorado in Sept. 2009 for current FCD captain Ugo Ihemelu. But before being shipped to
the Rapids, he had nearly four good seasons with Dallas. One of his teammates during that span was
Bobby Rhine, the former FCD player turned broadcaster and front office employee who left us way too
early last September.
Sure, we all realize that Drew Moor now plays in Colorado, but he is a local product and someone
who once donned the shirt for FC Dallas, so the fact he got a nice contract extension from the
Rapids earlier this week definitely warrants a mention. Not only is Moor, who played locally at
Episcopal School [.
In a home match the Colorado Rapids could ill afford to loseÂ the teamÂ got a 3-2 win over the
expansion Montreal Impact thanks to a Southern wind andÂ atrocious officiating on Saturday
Tied at 2 and down a man with the 61st minute ejection of Tyrone Marshall, the Rapids got the
victory off an 83rd minute free kick that a strong wind kept the ballÂ dancingÂ along the crossbar
until Jaime Castrillon headed it into the back of the net.
Rapids in Colorado punish the unprepared and the undermanned. On Sunday, the Colorado Rapids
went on the road and did the same as their namesake white water, knocking off a nine-man FC Dallas
Jaime Castrillon scored in the 61st minute with a header off a Brian Mullan cross and Martin
Rivero netted his first MLS goal with assists from Mullan and Kamani Hill in the 74th minute.
The New England Revolution is all set to take on the Colorado Rapids tonight at Gillette
Stadium. The Revs will be hoping to improve upon a 2-5-0 record, including a three-match losing
streak that spanned the month of April. Colorado, meanwhile, just dominated Chivas by a 4-0
scoreline and will hope that match was the coming-out party they've been waiting for under Oscar
We end this look at the coming season with the team that drives soccer in Colorado, the Colorado
MLS Cup champions in 2010, the Rapids slogged through 2011. After the first month of the
campaign, only a July dismantling of New York (4-0) and an August domination of Columbus (a 2-0
shellacking that looked like an 11-on-9 game) stood out.
Team:Â Colorado Rapids Coach:Â Oscar Pareja Last Season:Â 12-9-13, 5th West, 6th Overall Twitter
Hashtag:Â #Rapids From MLS champions to gutted in the past season, the Colorado Rapids enter the
season wondering "what if". Â A new front office and new coach will try to ...
That's Jamie Smith dressed up as the Mad Hatter for Halloween yesterday.
Another quick turnaround as the Rapids face the end of their season tomorrow in Kansas City. Down 2
goals Colorado mus win by 2 to force overtime and PKs or 3 to win and move on. On top of the other
problems a storm is rolling into KC tomorrow night (probably the front edge of what's rolling into
Denver tonight) which could make the game sloppy.
Teal Bunbury doesn't accept success as a given, even if things are set up quite nicely for him
on a couple of levels.
Bunbury, who scored both goals in Sporting Kansas City's 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids in
the first leg of the MLS Eastern Conference semifinals, has the scales tilted heavily in his favor
heading into Wednesday night's second leg match at Livestrong Sporting Park (Wed.
On twitter today there was quite a bit on talk about Brek Shea and coach Hyndman. One topic was the same criticism of Schellas Hyndman we've heard before, that he runs off players who speak up, rebel, or aren't on board with his coaching. I, for one, tend to find that an overblown characterization.
Lost in the madness of the U.S. men's national team's start of World Cup qualifying, the MLS
international break and Euro 2012 is the fact that MLS All-Star voting has begun and is in full
The MLS All-Stars will take on UEFA Champions League and FA Cup winner Chelsea at PPL Park in a
little more than a month with an eye on snapping a three-game losing streak after a loss to Everton
(in penalties) and two losses to Manchester United.
I feel like it's been ages since we last did one of these weekly posts. Now that the mini-break
is over, it is time to get back down to business here as the 2012 season rolls on into the month of
Week 13 sees plenty of decent games including one big rivalry game down in Texas and the MLS
debut of Saputo Stadium in Montreal.
It is GOOD to be back. Both from a two-week break and back to winning ways. One player
especially glad to be back is Goalkeeper Michael Gspurning, in his first game action since early
May. And he didn't disappoint. After an inexplicably undefended through ball, Gspurning returned to
his old, box-dominating ways with 3 saves and loads of punchouts.
The teams scored a goal each in a bracing first few minutes of the match. The first came off
another Eddie Johnson header - a skill Seattle's been trying to acquire for years without much luck
until now. And the answer came shortly after when a Brian Mullan cross on the ground was allowed to
roll all the way through the box to be knocked into the goal by Drew Moor at the far post.
Home-and-away series in MLS playoffs tend to play out like the company Christmas party: things
may start out a little slow, stodgy and cautious. But pretty soon furniture is being tipped over,
fights are breaking out, things are gettin' wacky and, by the latter stages, you just don't know
what kind of craziness may claim the night.