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.
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.
The Philadelphia Union defeated the Colorado Rapids 2-1 on Sunday with a late goal from Jack McInerney at Dicks' Sporting Goods Park. The match was originally scheduled for Saturday but was postponed due to a blizzard. For a second straight [...]
The Vancouver Whitecaps are feeling the heat in the Western Conference playoff race, and a recent winless skid made Sunday's match against the Colorado Rapids a vital one for their playoff hopes.
A pair of second-half goals by Alain Rochat and Kenny Miller gave the Whitecaps control, and erased a first-half strike from Omar Cummings, but Jamie Smith spoiled the party at BC Place when he powered through the Whitecaps defense and unleashed an equalizer in te 86th minute to help the Rapids earn a 2-2 draw in Canada.
For an hour on Sunday night, it looked like the Colorado Rapids had found the winning formula.
Colorado, on the road at the Vancouver Whitecaps, took a 1-0 lead through forward Omar Cummings in the 34th minute. The team did an effective job in the midfield, and appeared to be on the way to snatching three points on the road.
The Vancouver Whitecaps ended a five-game losing streak but gave up a late lead to the Colorado Rapids at BC Place on Sunday.
The Whitecaps bounced backfrom a halftime deficit to take a 2-1 lead before the Rapids' Jamie Smith scored in the 86th minute to take a point on the road.
In the 34th minute, Vancouver gave Martin Rivero plenty of space to dribble to the top of the box where he fired a low shot off the inside of the left post.
Back on July 1st the Rapids traded Kosuke Kimura to Portland for allocation money and an international spot for 2012. Since then the Rapids cut an international player (Harrison Henao) and signed an international player (Hendry Thomas). Jamie Smith may have gotten his green card as well, which would have freed up another international spot.
Andrew Jackson and Company take on the British
200 years ago this year the War of
1812 started. On Christmas Eve 1814 the Treaty of Ghent, ending hostilities, was signed. Due to the
slow pace of communication in the 1800's New Orleans didn't find out about the treaty until after
the Americans defended the city from the British on January 8th, 1815.
As much as I love the Rapids, this will be my sporting obsession for now
Rapids have one more chance to get a meaningful win this month, being 0-0-5 so far. Tomorrow the
Sounders are back for their first game in Colorado since the Steve Zakuani incident, and hopefully
he'll be playing.
It would be nice not to lose this tomorrow
At this point the last thing the Rapids
probably want to do is play a game. On top of the horrible events in Aurora last night the team had
to change its plans for today. Originally the team was scheduled to fly straight from Toronto to
Salt Lake City but they stopped in Denver today for the funeral of Marisa Colaiano.
I'll take any excuse to use this picture :D
Yes, our favorite MLS Cup losers, FC
Dallas, are in town tomorrow night. As far as I know Daniel "Real Championship" Hernandez will be
with them so be sure to give him your love. Dallas just today traded with Toronto for Designated
Player Julian de Guzman so it will be interesting to see if he's with the team tomorrow and if he
plays at all.
Rapid's comeback falls short in Steve Zakuani's return to the pitch after being injured against
Colorado 15 months ago.
Sounder's Setup Sigi Schmid decided to place Freddie Montero on the bench and start Eddie
Johnson as a lone striker.
In climbing, everything above 26,000 feet is the Death Zone
In 6 competitive games
in Seattle (4 in MLS, 2 in USOC). the Rapids have lost 6 times, scoring 4 goals and allowing 16.
Tomorrow the Rapids will enter their Death Zone again as they're in my hometown for a late game.
Both teams are coming off of 4th of July games, Seattle was held to a scoreless draw in Sandy.
The burning of York
200 years ago the U.S. fought the War of 1812 against Britain,
mainly in British-held Canada. As part of the war the American forces burned York. Tonight the
Rapids will try to recreate the victory over Canada by beating the Vancouver Whitecaps on
Sorry for the delay, a 14+ hour work day will do that. On Saturday an almost healthy Rapids team
took the field for the first time this season and took the Timbers to the woodshed. The game was
well in hand after 22 minutes and really over as soon as the teams came out of the halftime locker
room and the Rapids stayed in control.
There were several quality team peformances in MLS this past week, but not many teams could say
they enjoyed as dominating a performance as the one put in by the Colorado Rapids.
The Rapids thoroughly dominated the Portland Timbers in every facet of the game on their way to
a comprehensive 3-0 victory on Saturday.
The Colorado Rapids' two-game losing streak is over, while the Portland Timbers' winless ways on
the road continue.
Jaime Castrillon, Conor Casey and Jamie Smith all scored as the Rapids ended their two-match
skid with a 3-0 victory over the Timbers at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday night.
The Rapids definitively needed a win and on Saturday night the team delivered a definitive
victory in eviscerating the Portland Timbers 3-0.
Colorado (7-8-1) scored early to take control and late to make it a rout in dismantle the
Timbers. Jaime Castrillon scored in the 18th minute and Conor Casey tallied four minutes later as
Oscar Pareja's offense finally showed signs of coming together.
Felled logs floating down river
Last year we opened the season with a 3-1 home win
over Portland, our opponents tomorrow night. We later beat them 1-0 with a favorable non-offside
call in Portland. Tomorrow we hope to keep that streak going with another win. Kickoff tomorrow is
Photo by Tony Quinn/ISIphotos.com
After an extensive trial period, Jed Zayner has officially found a new home with the San Jose
The veteran defender signed with the Earthquakes Wednesday, sealing the deal after initially
being on trial with the club in the preseason.
Just a quick note that the Rapids just waived Yamada and activated Jamie Smith for tonight's game.
My guess is they were hoping to get Smith's green card papers in by today but since they didn't
they needed to waive Yamada so that they had an international slot to activate Smith with. Waiving
Yamada also keeps the team with 10 non-salary cap players after yesterday's signing of homegrown
player Shane O'Neill.
The True Clash
The Rapids defense is going to have to Clampdown on the team
formally known as the Clash order to get a win tomorrow night. Our first mid-week home game of the
season will probably result in a smaller but hopefully no less vocal crowd. Despite that the
tailgate will go on as normal with a 5:30 start.
River whitecaps are better than ocean ones
When the Rapids face the Whitecaps you
know that somebody's getting soaked. In the first of our 3 meetings against them the Rapids make a
trip to the Great White North. The Rapids have never lost in Vancouver (all of one game) while
they've never won in Toronto when facing Toronto, so western Canada is much more favorable to us.
I'm French! Why do think I have this outrageous accent!
Before I get started I want to point out that the full list of MLS salaries were released today.
I'll have a full write-up later this weekend but I figured some people might want to take a
Our only look at this year's expansion team, the Montreal Impact, comes tomorrow night at the Dick.
After a disastrous midweek game in DC Colorado is back at home against Sporting KC. Kansas City is
on a 3 game slide after winning their first 7 to start the season. There's a big tailgate for this
one as Kansas City usually brings a good crown. we're doing a BBQ tailgate and the KC fans are
bringing authentic KC BBQ sauce.
Our finest moment in DC
After what felt like a extremely long 10 days off Colorado is back in action tomorrow night in DC.
The center of power hasn't been kind to the Rapids historically, with last year producing only our
3rd ever win in the District. This season a beat up burgundy side makes the trip with 4 major
starters unlikely to start.
Need I say more? ;)
A quick turnaround from our trip to Boston sends us to Dallas tomorrow for a rematch of our MLS Cup
victory. As good as the Rapids have been in Dallas in the postseason they've struggled in the
regular season. With this being the 3rd game in 8 days we'll probably see some tired legs.
No Jamesons Night this season
The Rapids get their only look at the New England Revolution tomorrow night in Foxboro. That's
right, the hallowed Colorado supporter's tradition of Jamesons Night when the Revs are in town
won't happen this year, barring some surprise matchup in the U.
Two teams struggling in the early going with 3-4-0 records meeting for the chance to step back
into the fray of the Western Conference race should be enough of a plot for the Rapids-Chivas USA
showdown on Saturday.
But no, the subplots abound. Let us count the ways.
1. Possible first sighting of Conor Casey this season.
The Ivar's Dog, you'll have to go across the street from CLink to Safeco to get it though
Colorado is in my hometown of Seattle this week to face the neon-green Sounders. Seattle has been a
bit of a house of horrors for the Rapids. Over the last 3 years we've lost all 3 games at
Qwest/CLink, being outscored 9-4 and the less said about the U.
Ah yes, its that time again
The Rapids are in Salt Lake City for the first of two trips to play FaKe SaLt LaKe this season. We
only get one home game which makes the Rocky Mountain Cup difficult to win this season, but now
appears to be a good time to strike.
Chicago Dog Week at the Class VI/Pid Army tailgate
After a long two weeks in the Northeast the Rapids are finally back at home on Sunday. The Fire are
in town and Colorado is trying to right the ship after a bad outing in NY. Game time is 5pm and
since its a themed tailgate (see above) the grills start and kegs open at 2pm.
New meaning to bridge over troubled water
Colorado is back in the Northeast on Sunday, just up the road from last week's game in Philly. This
will be the team's only look at New York this year, and it won't be a pretty one. The midfield core
is devastated by injury and suspension so there's a big challenge ahead of Pareja's team.
Anyone else think we should be wearing green kits this weekend?
Colorado makes its first of numerous road trips to the Northeast this weekend, facing the Union on
Sunday. We'll also get our first look at NBC Sports Channel's coverage of MLS as they have the TV
for this game. That's on channel 79 (SD) or 689 (HD) on Comcast in the Denver area.
(Yeah, I can't help myself. A Crew game requires a LEGO Village People picture)
It's finally time to get the season started! Tomorrow the Rapids host the Crew to kick off Oscar
Pareja's coaching career. Game time tomorrow is 4pm, the first game (along with Vancouver-Montreal
kicking simultaneously) of the whole MLS season.
Portland Timbers Quotes
Timbers head coach John Spencer
On talking to players after a game like that:
"I had a chat with the guys at half time, a chat at full time. Obviously we've got a game Tuesday
so it's a quick turnaround."
If the quick turnaround is a good thing:
"Not if we play the way we played tonight.
Do you dare try the Tacos de Buche?
The other LA team, the Under-a-Chivas, are in town this week. The crowd should be a little more
subdued after the Beckham-fest or last week and I for one am glad. We don't need half the stadium
rooting for some guy on the other team.
Bruce Campbell, a much better spokesperson for Old Spice than Beckham
That's right, Old Spice, Keane, PrimaDonnavan, and the rest of the Galaxy will be our opponents
tomorrow night. This is the first of two trips to Colorado for LA this year and reportedly David
Beckham will be making an appearance this trip.
Newcastle yesterday were ordered by FIFA to pay compensation to an Irish junior club for one of
their players, who is currently part of Newcastle's Youth Academy. Jamie Smith - 18 year-old
Newcastle center-back Jamie Smith is 18 and a cetner-back and has captained Ireland at the U15, U16
and U17 level, and could well [.
Well with First Kick over the weekend the Major League Soccer season though we'll have to wait
for our season opener as we've still got #BeatSantos Fever, don't forget the viewing party and
scarf party on Wednesday.
It's Monday, therefore it's time for some links!
MLS says it's not the NASL - latimes.