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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A bit different than what we're seeing in Colorado
After an epic game at the Dick last night (more on that later) the Rapids are in LA tonight to face the Galaxy. This isn't the same Galaxy as Old Spice has gone to Paris, PrimaDonnanvan is still on walkabout, and Robbie Keane is off with the Irish Nats.
My wife went to Walt Disney World and all I got was this lousy cold bug she brought back. Started knocking me out on Monday afternoon, completely laid me flat through Thursday, and yesterday I managed to put together 8 hours of actual work so my projects for the people who pay me didn't fall too far behind.
That's the forecast for Commerce City tomorrow leading up to kickoff. The National Weather Service is expecting blowing snow and blizzard conditions east of I-25 tomorrow afternoon with 8-13 inches of snow by the end of the storm tomorrow evening/night. Their Winter Storm Warning from 2am-5pm tomorrow warns of hazardous driving conditions and states that people should only travel in an emergency and if they do travel they should take food, water, and a flashlight with them to be safe.
Never gets old, does it?
We're finally here, kickoff of the 2013 season. The journey starts in our playoff home away from home, Dallas. Both teams have undergone a number of changes in the offseason, so its hard to get a read on either team. It should be entertaining if nothing else. Kickoff tomorrow is at 6:30pm MST and the game is on Altitude.
Unfortunately, failure was an option this year
One last game to wrap up the 2012 season tomorrow. Houston is in town for our only look at them this year. They have playoff positioning to play for, while the Rapids will need a win if Portland wins earlier in the day to avoid being passed for 7th in the West (though getting passed would give us a better draft pick).
Not quite time to flip to 2013 yet
Yes, being eliminated from the playoffs followed by an international break did make it feel like the season was over, but there are still 2 games left. The first one is tomorrow night in LA against the Under-A-Chivas. Chivas has been outscored 9-1 in their last 3 games so they're reeling more than we are.