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Eagle On Eagle Violence Is Never Pretty

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Edson vs. Talon, who will win?
After that ugliness on Wednesday night its a quick turn-around with DC coming into town tomorrow night. United is traditionally pretty bad at altitude (when the Rapids take the game seriously) so we have a chance but we have to have a better lineup than we did in Vancouver.

Undermanned Rapids Head North Of The Border

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Whitecaps - Rapids, wettest fixture in the league
After the international break the Rapids are off for international travel to British Columbia. Over the last two years the Rapids are 4-0-0 against the Whitecaps in Colorado but 0-0-1 in Vancouver. Both teams will be weakened by international callups and suspensions.

Rapids Hoping To Leave KC Sad

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She's even SporKC's blue
Back at it right away tomorrow with a 2 game win streak. And unlike when we were in KC earlier this year I'm sure we'll get the game in this weekend. The SporKCs are on a bit of a down swing at the moment but overall they're still one of the best teams in the conference so this will be a tough match.

Rapids Try To Short Dynamo

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Electricity + Water = Trouble
After what seems like a long stretch on the road but was only a couple of games the Rapids host Houston tomorrow night. The Dynamo still cling to playoff hopes though a loss in Commerce City tomorrow night would erase most of them. Game time tomorrow is 7pm so the tailgate starts at 4, or whenever people get there after work.

Wooden Spoon Battle

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Choose Your Weapon
If you thought last week's game was unbearable this week's game might be worse. We've go the Rapids, last place int he Wast, versus the Fire, last place in the East. Ugly, ugly soccer ahead. Kickoff tomorrow is at 6:30pm with a watch party at the Southside Bar & Kitchen.

Battle To Decide The Worst Team The Last Two Years

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The last placed rider in a bike race is the Lantern Rouge
San Jose and Colorado are currently ties with the lowest pts/game average since the start of the 2014 season. So the loser of this game will really be the worst team in the league the last two seasons. So, hey, something to play for! Game time tomorrow is 9pm MDT and the game is on UniMas!

No More YMCA?

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What happened to the Village People?
The Crew make their first trip to the Dick in with their new logo tomorrow night. They're in almost as bad a shape as this one so it may e competitive but bad soccer we see. Kickoff tomorrow is at 7pm so tailgating, featuring meatball subs, is at 4pm. 'Celo and Fleming have the call on Altitude.

Will The Stars Be Out Under The Blue Moon?

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Technically the blue moon is tonight but close enough
The Galaxy is in town tomorrow night but the question is, are their stars with them? dos Santos won't be announced until next week and Keane and Gerrard both had to back out of the All-Star Game earlier in the week with injuries. There was talk in the last couple of days that they may not be ready for tomorrow night but they don't appear on the injury report.

Rapids Face Demons In Seattle

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What's worse, Microsoft's or CLink's?
After back-to-back home wins the Rapids are in my hometown tomorrow night. Of course the land of airplanes and coffee hasn't exactly been a hospitable place for Colorado. In 11 games we have 1 draw and have been outscored 26-7. Outside of new arrivals Orlando and NYCFC, Seattle is the only MLS city we've never won in.

Weakened FSL Ripe For The Picking

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We're Long Overdue To Beat These Guys
Rocky Mountain Cup time again! After a 0-0 draw earlier this season the Cup will be decided in two games in Commerce City; tomorrow night and October 4th. A win tomorrow would really put the pressure on FSL whereas a loss of any sort would leave the Rapids with pretty much nothing to play for (the way our offense goes its hard to see us beating FSL by multiple goals in the third game) the rest of the way.

Will The Offense Find Their Fireworks?

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Rapids Need To Boom Not Bust
The second half of the season starts tonight with the annual 4th of July party in Commerce City. At least we have one of the remaining two teams we've beaten since last 4th of July as the opponent, the Whitecaps. As always a sellout plus crowd is expected for the game and as always it won't include me as I celebrate my wedding anniversary.

Final Time To See Dallas In 2015

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Hard To Choose Between This And MLS Cup
Barring a playoff matchup (yeah, right) this is our last look at Dallas this year. We've already gotten 4 points off of them in 2 games so this is a good chance to grab some more points. Its really do or die time for the Rapids now and they can't afford not to win home games, especially with this being the second of six games in an 18 day span.

Rapids Face First Intra-State Matchup To Start USOC

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For the first time ever the Rapids will play a competitive match against another Colorado-based team. The USL Colorado Springs Switchbacks make the drive up I-25 for the 4th Round U.S. Open Cup match at the Dick tomorrow at 7pm.

Its always hard to predict how these games will go. Until last year the Rapids seemed to take every opportunity to blow off this competition by playing plenty of reserves and not competing for hosting.

Time To Start Getting Our Cup Back

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I'll Be Happy To Hoist This Again
Oh yeah, its Rocky Mountain Cup time again. The Rapids make their only trip into Utah this year (barring a USOC matchup or an extremely unlikely playoff game) on Sunday to face FaKe SaLt LaKe. FSL is not having a good year and will be missing Rimando and ex-Rapid Beckerman to National Team duty so they are vulnerable.

Colorado Still Winless In Seattle

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You knew it was not going to go our way when Sjoberg was a late scratch due to a stomach bug and Watts started in his place alongside Burling. Sure enough, 15 minutes in, a poor decision by Powers and a bad deflection from Watts led to a Sounders goal and after that the Rapids were chasing the game, badly.

Rapids Try To Do Something They've Never Done

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A Sounder of wild pigs
Namely, win in Seattle. On short rest and on artificial turf Colorado will head to my hometown looking to keep their undefeated road streak alive and hopefully get their first 3 points ever in the Emerald City. In our 10 previous competitive matches played in Seattle (or Tukwila) we've had 1 draw and lost 9, being outscored 25-7.

Rapids Get Going Again After Unexpected Bye Week

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A Wet Week For A Wet Matchup
After the Sporks wimped out on us last week the team has had two weeks of rest before tomorrow night's game against the Whitecaps. Meanwhile Vancouver scored a last minute goal over Edmonton on Wednesday night to progress to the final of the Canadian Championship. Advantage Rapids.

Welcoming The Sporks Back To The West

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A No-Win Scenario For KC?
SPORting Kc is back in the West this season and this will be the Rapids first shot at them as conference rivals since 2004. There was a bit of a rivalry between the Rapids and KC in the first decade of MLS but with Kc moving to the East that's been replaced with Dallas (due to owning them in the playoffs) and FSL (due to northern Utah sucking in general).

Lightning Strikes

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(Not Once but Twice)
There's a good chance of lightning in the area tomorrow night in Commerce City as the Rapids take on the former Clash. Forecast for game time is 50 degrees and 75% chance of thunderstorms. Luckily the wind should be coming out of the East so it will hopefully angle the rain a bit and allow the East roof that stops right over my row to protect me.

Rapids Finish Coast-To-Coast in LA

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Rapids on the LA River
72 hours (give or take) after playing RBNY in Harrison, NJ the Rapids will take the field in Carson, CA to face the Galaxy. No rest for the wicked as they say. LA meanwhile will have a full week's rest and will be playing at home. Colorado is currently undefeated on the road with 5 scored and 1 conceded.

Ridiculous Schedule Starts Tomorrow

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This is close to what the Rapids will be doing
The Rapids are in NY tomorrow to face the Red Bulls on their first leg of a cross-country trip that will have them playing in LA 72 hours later. Ridiculous scheduling that should have been prevented by somebody when RBNY asked to move this game. Game time tomorrow is 5:30pm MDT and Fleming and 'Celo will have the call on Altitude.

Didn't We Just Do This?

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Pareja two weeks ago
Same bat time (well almost) same bat channel. Tomorrow night the Rapids and the team-formerly-known-as-the-Burn face off on the second Friday night in two weeks on UniMas. Colorado scored 4 of their 5 goals this season on that night two weeks ago and hopes to continue to jump start the offense.

Current Town Versus Home Town

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Can we do this again?
Tomorrow night we're back home for our first "regular" 7pm Saturday game. The Sounders are in town for the annual (almost) 4/20 game. The means fish tacos at the tailgate! With kickoff at 7 the tailgate starts at 4. Bundle up as we're going to have temps possibly in the 30s.

Rapids Try To Avoid 19 In A Row In Dallas

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Pablo in better times
The Rapids get introduced to the league's new Friday night UniMas schedule with a game down in Frisco against our defeated MLS Cup foes FC Dallas. Colorado is still riding an 18 game winless and 600 minute scoreless streak. If they fail to score in the first 25 minutes tomorrow they'll set a new record for longest scoreless streak to start a season at 385 minutes.

Jameson Night 2015

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Behold the power of Jameson Night!
It only happens every two years now but it is once again Jameson Night! That means, of course, new England is in town for their regular beat down in Commerce City. The full history of Jameson Night is here but the up to date states are the Rapids have won 8 and drawn 4 since the start of the Jameson Night tradition with 27 goals scored and 10 allowed in those 12 games.

I Will Avoid The Obvious Houston Joke

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Now don't lose your head Ned
But we do have a severe lack of offense. Colorado heads to Houston tomorrow trying to break both its 420 minute scoreless streak and its 16 game winless streak. The good news is that the Dynamo are seriously depleted due to injuries and national team callups. The bad news is that due to the Avs and Nuggets playing at the same time there won't be any TV for this one until 11:30pm on Altitude.

Home Opener Finally!

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Home sweet home
With the bye it feels like the season didn't really start two weeks ago, but we're back and at home finally! The new expansion side NYCFC, starring David Villa and Mix Diskerud, is in town and the Rapids will get their first look at them. Game time tomorrow is 2pm on a sunny afternoon, so the tailgate starts at 11am.

Season Kickoff!!!! Rapids At Union

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PPL Park yesterday
The 2015 season is here! Well not here, its not here for another two weeks but its in Philly tomorrow. The season starts at 2pm MST and the weather won't be as bad as above, though still cold. 'Celo and Fleming will have the call on Altitude. C38 will be having their season kickoff party at the Celtic starting at noon.

Once More Unto The Breach Dear Friends

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A baker's dozen without a win now
For one last time in 2014 the Rapids take the field trying to break their winless streak. If they succeed in Vancouver they will go 5-0-0 against Canada this year, which is about all we could take out of this season, Otherwise its 14 in a row and 1 win in 18 to end the season.

Welcome The Traitor Back To Colorado

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12 in a row without a win
Normally a MLS Cup 2010 picture would be above, given Dallas as the opponent tomorrow, but the Dirty Dozen was more appropriate. Oscar Pareja makes his first trip back to Colorado after skipping town on us this offseason. Never mind that whole "happy to sign a new contract with the Rapids" or Dan Hunt tampering thing.

Our Last, Best Hope For Victory

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The year is 2014. The place: StubHub Center
Looking at our last 3 games, tomorrow's match against Chivas USA is our most likely opportunity to win a game this season. It is also likely our last game ever against Chivas USA as all signs point to the team being contracted at the end of the season.

Rapids Try To Avoid Record 11th Winless Game

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Enough results for every field player
Sorry for going dark, I was on vacation in Orlando. Expect a recap post of the news of the last two weeks sometime next week. Up first though is Sunday's home game against Seattle. As we see the Rapids have gone 10 games without a win, going back to July 25th.

Its Still A Rivalry Game

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Just say no to Utah
The Rocky Mountain Cup might be over for the year but this is still a rivalry game and the Rapids still need to put a beat down on FSL. A loss tomorrow would make the Rapids the first team to be swept in RMC play in the 10 years of competition. Game time tomorrow is 8pm but since the game is on NBC Sports the kickoff will be more like 8:20 or so.

Rapids Hope For Something To Change Against Portland

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Lance and the Rapids both lost 7 in a row
After setting a new record losing streak and worst loss last week the Rapids will try to avoid their 3rd worst single-season winless streak by beating the Timbers tomorrow night at the Dick. Just for the record the top two are 10 games (2007) and 9 games (2001).

Rapids Try To Avoid Seven In A Row Against Galaxy

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The Pleiades or the Seven Sisters
Colorado looks for their first points since July 25th tomorrow night in LA. A loss would be a team record seventh in a row. Game time tomorrow night is listed at 8:30pm but its an NBC Sports game, which means kcikoff will actually be somewhere between 8:50 and 9pm.

Rapids In Seattle, This Never Ends Well

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Our mantra for a while
10 games, 1 point, 7 goals, -18 goal differential. That's the Rapids all-time record in my hometown where they'll be playing tomorrow. This is not good. We found out this week that Jared Watts will join Drew Moor and Shane O'Neill on the not available list, which has left Pablo trying Burch and Piermayr at CB and Serna at RB.

The Beginning Of The Rest Of The Season

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This, sadly, may be how we feel tomorrow night
Landon Donovan and the LA Galaxy are in town tomorrow night. This will be (barring a miracle playoff matchup) Landon's last game in Colorado. Well, unless he pulls a Farve which I expect him to do. I'm really hoping the Rapids aren't going to play the Denver Broncos to LA's Seattle Seahawks.

Rapids Try To Avoid A Four Game Winless Streak In DC

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It hasn't come to this...yet
The Rapids head to DC on Sunday with a 3 game losing streak and a struggle to find the net. DC is currently sitting second in the East, two points behind KC with a game in hand. The good news is that they play their first CONCACAF Champions League game on Wednesday so they'll have to balance that with their game against Colorado.

Rapids Head To DSG Park South Tomorrow

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If its a MLS Cup picture, it must be Dallas tomorrow
OK, so Pizza Hut Park FC Dallas Stadium Toyota Stadium is only DSG Park South in the playoffs, but this might as well be a playoff game for the Rapids. Colorado and Dallas are battling for one of the last playoff spots and a loss tomorrow would put Colorado 6 points behind the former Burn.

Rocky Mountain Cup, Part 2

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Yours truly with our Cup
Sunday marks the one year anniversary of winning back the Rocky Mountain Cup. We can't win the Cup tomorrow night but we can go a long ways towards accomplishing that goal. Conversely we can lose it tomorrow. The Rapids need 4 points in the last two Rocky Mountain Cup games to retain the Cup while FSL needs 2 points to win it.