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Spanish Bombs

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The Rapids wouldn't mind some long shots from Jose Mari
Colorado is finally back home tomorrow, facing the San Jose Earthquakes at the Dick. After missing the last home game its been far too long since I've seen them in person. San Jose is still looking for their first win this year, while the Rapids have a chance to put up their best ever point total after their first 6 games with at least a draw.

Colorado Attempts To Do Something They've Never Done

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Rapids @BMO, 0 points, 1 trophy
A second trip to the Great White North in a row as the Rapids are in Toronto tomorrow. Colorado has never even drawn TFC in Toronto, must less beat them, but despite that it is the scene of our greatest triumph as it was there we won MLS Cup 2010. Tomorrow's game is at 2pm on Altitude, with the main C38 watch party being at The Armoury.

First Of A Canadian Doubleheader

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Whitecaps-Rapids, wettest game in MLS
Colorado makes the first of back-to-back trips to Canada tomorrow, facing Vancouver almost a stone's throw from my childhood home in Oak Harbor, WA (Seattle is 18 miles closer to drive than Vancouver B.C.). Game time tomorrow is 4:30pm, so you can have a nice dinner during the second half or you can join C38 at the British Bulldog.

Rapids-SporKCs Prediction

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Still feeling lousy so I'm going to make this short. Alas I will not be attending the game today, instead watching on Altitude.

Prediction: 1-1 draw, goal by Buddle. KC is well rested and as the defending champs can't be taken lightly. We're without Klute, Serna, and apparently Irwin.

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.

And So It Begins...

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The Pablo Mastroeni era (as coach) officially begins tomorrow as the Rapids finally get the season started. Colorado is in New York to face Thierry Henry and the Red Bulls. Game time tomorrow is 2pm and the game will be broadcast on Altitude with Richard Fleming and Marcelo Balboa on the mics again this year.

Tomorrow Is Win Or Go Home

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Curse of the coin-flip?
After a bad weekend the Rapids are forced to play the wild-card game on the road in their worst location, Seattle. Just to remind everyone, in eight competitive games in Seattle all-time we've lost seven and drawn once (earlier this year) with a -13 goal differential. The good news is since that coin flip above the Sounders have lost 4 and drawn 1 while being outscored 13-3.

Rapids Go For Clean Sweep Over Canada

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Sweeep! SWEEEEEP!
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.

Colorado Goes For 4-0 Over Canada

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Colorado's own South Park backs the Rapids
Well its all come down to this, a home-and-home against Vancouver for a spot in the playoffs. The Rapids can essentially clinch (barring San Jose suddenly scoring double-digit goals over the next two games) with a win and a LA win or draw. If Colorado, Seattle, and LA all win the Rapids will clinch a playoff spot with no ability to move up from the 5 seed.

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.

Tonight's Word Is Dismantled

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Well, I didn't see that coming. Colorado took Seattle to the woodshed in the first half, scoring almost at will, and spotted themselves a 4-0 lead at half en route to a 5-1 win over the league leaders. The game started with my coin flip, won by the Sounders unfortunately, but that actually worked in the Rapids favor.

Rapids Face Dempsey-less Sounders

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Important coin flip tomorrow
Colorado begins the final four game run of the season tomorrow with a nationally televised game against my hometown. The sounders flew into Denver today without designated player Clint Dempsey who is still recovering from a hamstring pull, so that helps the Rapids chances.

Rapids Hope To Dunk Timbers

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Timbers try to keep their playoff hopes from getting all wet
4th place versus 5th place in the West tomorrow as the Rapids head to the Rose City to face the Timbers. A big game for playoff possibilities, the winner will start to think about seeding rather than just making it in. As an additional bonus its a nationally televised game on the NBC Sports Network.

Rapids Try To Finish Rough Week On High Note

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So that's why we're called the Rapids...
Bad week for the area, I hope my local readers are high and dry. Remember, reach out to your C38 community if you need anything, we're here to help. As of right now tomorrow's game is proceeding as scheduled, with kickoff against or MLS Cup foes FC Dallas at 7pm.

Stars Not Out In LA Tomorrow

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Five players missing, including all 4 DPs
The much reduced LA Galaxy will be hosting the Rapids tomorrow night at the Stub Hub Center. Keane, Donovan, Gonzalez (not that he's doing much), and Penedo have all been called up for their National teams while Torres is gone for the Rapids to play for Panama.

Rapids In KC, Author in Hawaii

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Haleakala Crater, Maui

North Shore, Oahu So yeah, I've got better things to do than a game preview. ;)
Prediction: 1-1 draw, goal by Torres.

Torres To Debut Against Vancouver

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Torres to start tomorrow?
Tomorrow is the first of three big games against the Whitecaps in the final nine games of the season. It will also be the first appearance of the Rapids first ever Designated Player, Gabriel Torres. Torres and Pareja both said today that Torres is ready to play 90 minutes so I expect him to start.

Rapids Face Under-A-Chivas

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Glad I live in Denver
After an eventful week its time to get back to playing soccer. The Rapids have an extra rest day this week, not playing until late on Sunday. I expect some tired Rapids fans at work on Monday, as kickoff isn't until 9pm Denver time. The game will be on Altitude and the viewing party, featuring the Rocky Mountain Cup, will be at the British Bulldog.

Rocky Mountain Cup To Be Decided Tomorrow

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FaKe SaLt LaKe
The yahoos from west of the mountains have invaded again sadly. Tomorrow we'll get another chance to send them home without the Cup. Its simple, if the Rapids get any points out of the game, they also get the Cup. If the Rapids get nothing Salt Lake takes the Cup home with them again.

The Return of Pablo Mastroeni

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The greatest to ever wear the shirt
Tomorrow the Rapids former captain and record holder in a number of categories, Pablo Mastroeni, makes his first ever appearance at the Dick playing for the opposition. He and his LA Galaxy teammates are in town for an nationally televised match on ESPN2. Because of the TV coverage kickoff is an unusual 5pm kickoff so the tailgate starts at 2pm tomorrow.

8th Time The Charm In Seattle?

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The Sounders are a bunch of pigs!
In 7 competitive games in Seattle in their history the Rapids have lost 7 times, with 5 goals scored and 18 allowed. They hope to turn that around tomorrow as they're back in my hometown. I'd really like them to as I'm getting really tired of my relatives holding that over me (though I can trump them as we have a star on our jerseys).

Jameson Night Is Back!

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After a year off its the (almost) Annual Jameson Night!
For the 12th time in 12 seasons the Rapids supporters will hold Jameson Night. Held every time New England has come to down since 2002 (save once) the Rapids have never failed to get a least a point after the annual whiskey tailgate. I wrote up the history of the tradition in 2010, since then we've added a 3-0 win and a 2-2 draw.

Colorado Goes For Three In A Row Against League's Worst

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Rapids Hope To Flood DC's Defense
Colorado has a chance tomorrow night to get their first 3-game winning streak under Oscar Pareja, and they couldn't ask for a better team to be facing, DC United who has yet to get to double-digit points this season. DC historically struggles at elevation as well, their win in 2010 while Gary Smith rested some players pre-playoffs was their only one this millennium.

Time For The Annual Fourth Of July Beatdown

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Happy Birthday America!
OK, so its not annually, but most of the time the Rapids tend to win their Independence Day game. This year the victims opponents are the NY Red Bulls with former Rapids and still fan favorite Kosuke Kimura. Also Andre Akpan who we traded there earlier this season, and their coach is former Rapid Mike Petke.

Rapids Make First Ever Trip To Montreal

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I just don't get poutine
The Rapids haven't had much luck in Canada, being winless in Toronto when playing TFC and going 1-1-1 in Vancouver all-time. Of course we also had our greatest triumph north of the border, winning MLS Cup in Toronto. We open a third front in our Canadian war with our first trip to Stade Saputo in Montreal tomorrow.

Origial MLS green team vs. the Newbie MLS green team

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'Celo's inaugural Rapids jersey
For the 3rd time in just over a week the Rapids take the feel tomorrow against the Portland Timbers. Colorado has only ever lost to Portland once, but that was their one trip to the Rose City last season. The Rapids need to bounce back after two losses where they should have gotten points while the Timbers are flying high under new coach Caleb Porter.

Rapids Try To Get Back On Track In Chicago

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The Zephyr ran from Denver to Chicago starting in 1936
A quick turnaround for Colorado as they're out in Chicago to start the post-Pablo era. The Rapids may have wanted to use a train to get there as multiple cancellations and a tornado touching down at DIA delayed their flight out today. They also left without Atiba Harris (red card), Hendry Thomas (suspended today by the Disciplinary Committee), and head coach Oscar Pareja (standard one game suspension for leaving the technical area).

Clampdown

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The defense will need to do this to 2012 MVP Wondolowski
After a week of the Rapids are back in action at the Dick tomorrow, facing San Jose. The Earthquakes also had last weekend off, and took the down time as an opportunity for the team and coach Frank Yallop to go their separate ways. So Colorado will be facing a team under new management, with this being Mark Watson's first game in charge.

Rapids Go For 6 In A Row Against Rival Dallas

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Yep, more MLS Cup victory photos :D
Regular playoff foe Dallas makes its way north to face Colorado tomorrow. The Rapids have not lost in 5 games and only once int he last nine and hope to keep that roll going. In honor of Dallas' visit, brisket at the tailgate tomorrow. Kickoff is at 7pm so the tailgate starts at 4.

U.S. Open Cup Round 3 Tomorrow

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The Rapids left today for Orlando for their 3rd Round U.S. Open Cup match against Orlando City SC tomorrow. We know that Dillon Powers, Tony Cascio, Clint Irwin, and Nick LaBrocca are travelling thanks to Chris Bianchi but the rest of the travel roster has not been revealed. Game time tomorrow is 5:30pm MDT.

Rapids Welcome Under-A-Chivas For Memorial Day

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TRAP!
The Rapids are back home for a 3 game home stand, interrupted for the international weekend on June 8th. A sell-out crowd is expected tomorrow to see Colorado take on Chivas USA. A sell-out mainly because of a massive tournament weekend on the field complex at the Dick, so plan accordingly when it comes to parking.

All The Young Punks

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The Rapids will rely on their own Young Punks tomorrow
The relation of the image and title to tomorrow's game is left up to the reader to figure out, though if you've read this blog for more than a year you should already know. The Rapids are in Norther California tomorrow to face the Earthquakes.

Rapids Unship The Crew

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Colorado played perhaps its most complete game of the season as they picked up a solid win in Columbus for the first time since 2004. The Rapids got on the board early of a long clearance from Irwin that Buddle headed to Mwanga. Danny saw Harris in the box and chipped it to him. He was able to flick it into Buddle's path and Edson settled it and beat the keeper far post for a 1-0 lead after 8 minutes.

Forces Gather In Ohio

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Ohio During The War of 1812
200 years ago next month the War of 1812 started. Prior to the U.S. actually declaring war, forces gathered around Dayton, Ohio in May in preparation. 200 years later, just down I-70, the forces of the Rapids will gather in Columbus to face the Crew tomorrow. Kickoff is at 5:30pm MDT on Altitude.

Canadian Invasion Starts Tomorrow

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Maple-Drizzled Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs at the tailgate
One of our annual invasions from Canada this week as Toronto comes to down for the only meeting of the year. TFC had a mid-week game in Canada's version of the U.S. Open Cup, where they lost 6-0 to their rivals from Montreal. So they're either going to be ready to put a beat down on the Rapids or completely whipped and ready to slink home.

Short-Handed Rapids Hope To Short Dynamo

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Water and Electricity Don't Mix
Sorry for the lack of anything but previews/reviews lately. big project at work finally finished today so I'll hopefully have more brain cycles to dedicate to writing. Look for a post either tomorrow or early next week about this year's USA Pro Challenge route.

Sunday the Rapids are in Houston to face one half of the former C+C Goal Factory, Omar Cummings, and the rest of the Dynamo.

Colorado - Seattle - 4/20 - We Know What MLS Was Smoking

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Trap Game!
Tomorrow the Sounders are in town to play the Rapids. As long time readers of this blog know, games against Seattle hold a added importance to me due to it being my hometown and a number of my family members (Hi Anthony!, Hi Rob!) who are Sounders season ticket holders. Game time tomorrow is at 4pm so the tailgate starts at 1pm with a double-theme of fish tacos and munchies.

Rapids Take On Baby Goats

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Hopefully we leave the goats all wet
Tomorrow night the Rapids are back in LA-LA land, this time to face Chivas USA. Chivas are one of the big surprises of the season,. being much better than people expected. Game time tomorrow is a late 8:30pm, and this is the one game this year that starts on Altitude 2.

ALERT: FaKe SaLt LaKe Is In Town

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This is the year we get it back
The second of three Rocky Mountain Cup matches today! After a 1-1 draw on the West side of the mountains the Rapids have their best chance in a couple of years to claim the Cup with two home games remaining. The winner tonight will take a huge step to winning the 2013 Cup.

Wounded Colorado Faces Portland

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This might be a more accurate badge for this team
Looks like we might have some nice weather for a game at the Dick for the first time this season. That's about the limit of the good news as the beat up Rapids host the Timbers tomorrow. With as many as 7 starters missing from the lineup it will be a very different team that takes the field for the home side Saturday.