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Colorado Rapids

MLS Cup Rematch

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Break out your scudetto jerseys and party like its 2010. Dallas is in town makes their only trip to Commerce City tomorrow night and the Rapids have a chance to Burn their playoff chances to the ground. Their 2-0 win over us last week is their only win in the last twelve games and they've tumbled from the top of the table to holding on to the last playoff spot by .

Rapids Kevin Doyle announces retirement after medical advice

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Irish forward Kevin Doyle has called it a career at the age of 34.

The Colorado Rapids No. 9 is hanging up his boots after a sixteen-year career that saw him play in the League of Ireland, the English Premier League, and most recently Major League Soccer.

Doyle, has cited that the reason behind his retirement is heavily linked to the ongoing concussions he has suffered throughout his career, emphasizing the two that happened during the course of this season.

Marlon Hairston brace leads Rapids past Dynamo

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The Colorado Rapids are more than a staunch defense, at least for one night.

Kevin Doyle started the scoring early, but Cubo Torres managed to sneak one in to level the score before half time. Marlon Hairston came alive in the second half and buried a couple easy goals as theRapids saw a rare burst of attacking form.

Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders MLS Playoffs 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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Two teams that seemed unlikely to get this far are on the cusp of playing in the MLS Cup final

The MLS Cup playoffs are winding down, with the second leg between the Colorado Rapids and Seattle Sounders being one of the three remaining games in the 2016 season. A tense first leg in Seattle saw Colorado take an early lead via a deflected Kevin Doyle shot, only for the Sounders - crucially - to get back level shortly thereafter via Jordan Morris.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids, leg 1: Community player ratings form

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The leg one 2-1 victory was powered by a lineup quite similar to those that beat KC and Dallas. Roman Torres did return to starting, while Nelson Haedo Valdez stayed as a starting forward. The Rapids goal came Kevin Doyle.

We need you to tell us who performed the best in the win, as we all prepare for leg two.

Timbers start final week of regular season by outlasting Rapids 1 to 0 to win 2016 home finale

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Fanendo Adi, shown here scoring against Seattle earlier this season, tallied his 16th goal of the 2016 season off a 35th minute penalty. However, Adi missed a second penalty 5 minutes later and the Timbers had to hold on against...

54' 40" Or Fight!

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Rapids. Whitecaps. Its going to be wet.
A final trip to Canada, at least in the regular season, is up tomorrow for the Rapids. Vancouver is barely holing on to playoff hopes and a loss combined with an KC win would all but eliminate them this weekend. Meanwhile the Rapids need a win to stay in the Shield race.

Play To Win

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Pretty sure I've used this one before
Tomorrow night we start the critical final seven game run to the playoffs. We still have a shot at the Shield, the top spot in the West, or a CCL spt (or possibly all 3). The run has to start now with a win over San Jose in 24 hours. The problem? We're 0 for our last 13 against SJ and 0 for our last 10 against them here in Colorado.

GAME THREAD: Colorado Rapids vs. Philadelphia Union

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Can the Philadelphia Union manage at least a point against currently the best team in MLS? Can the Union win it?

UNION GAME #13
VS
Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO
Saturday, May 28, 2016
9:00 PM ET
TCN - Dave Leno and Peter Pappas
Online Streaming: MLS LIVE
TBG Game Preview
Know Thy Enemy: Burgundy Wave
Starting XI
Kevin Doyle Forward C.

Rapids Finish Preseason With 3-0 Win

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Colorado had a relatively easy final game against AZ United last night. Here's the starting XI:

K.Doyle Gashi - Powers - Badji Watts - Azira Williams - Sjoberg - Burling - Miler MacMath
Still no St. Ledger or Pappa. Their injuries must be worse than reported. Also no Cronin but given his suspension next week its not surprising.

First Action Of The Preseason

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The Rapids played their first "real" scrimmage today against Seongnam FC of South Korea. Here's the lineup for the first half (assuming we stuck with the 4-2-3-1 we've been using):

(t) - Trialist
(d) - Draftee

Calvert Pfeffer - Ekra(t) - Badji Watts - Cronin Castillo(d) - Burling - Sjobeg - Kamdem(d) Froschauer(d)
At halftime it was 1-1 with this goal from Ekra:


Full substitutions in the second half:

Doyle Solignac - Powers - Ownby(t) Azira - Appiah(d) Burch - Torre(d) - Keel(t) - Hairston MacMath
(I flip-flopped Appiah and Powers from the way the lineup was presented by the Rapids.

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.

Get Doyle Signed Now

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A week from now the MLS transfer window closes and the Rapids won't be able to bring any other players until the secondary window opens July 1st.

Last weekend Wolves played their last game of the season, missing out on the Championship playoffs on goal differential.

Currently Kevin Doyle's contract with Wolves run through June 30th and his contract with Colorado starts July 1st.

Colorado Signs Luis Solignac

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Today the Rapids announced the signing of Argentine striker Luis Solignac, something that had been rumored for a couple of weeks. He'll be eligible to play once his ITC and visa paperwork is done, so not tomorrow but hopefully in the next couple of games. Solignac will be looked at to fill the "#9" role that thee Rapids are so desperately needing but he's young enough that he shouldn't have much problem making way for Kevin Doyle when he arrives.

What Can Brown Do For Valerenga?

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The Rapids made it official today and transferred Deshorn Brown to Norway's Valerenga. A Norwegian paper says that the transfer fee was $4 million, presumably Norwegian Krone, which would convert to just under $500,000.

Overall this is the move the Rapids should have made. An offer in hand is hard to turn down, though anything lower and the decision would have been questionable.

Philadelphia Union

Union bits, USA-Mexico and the election, more

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Alberg reflects on adjusting to MLS, looks ahead to 2017, and other Union news. New dimension to USA-Mexico game following Tuesday's presidential election. More.

Recaps and reaction to Union’s loss to Dallas, league wrap, NT’s news, more

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A roundup of of the weekend's news following the Union's home loss to Dallas.

Unflattering odds, Academy kids with last gasp win at GA Cup, more from Nashville

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Las Vegas bookmakers give Union 50/1 odds of lifting MLS Cup. Last gasp goal sees Union Academy top NYRB at Generation adidas Cup, but was it enough to advance? More reaction from Nashville on possible HCI move.

ireland

Kevin Doyle injury overshadows Ireland’s Swiss success in friendly

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Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 hopefuls got mixed reviews as Kevin Doyle's injury overshadowed a dour 1-0 win over Switzerland in Friday's friendly in Dublin.

With time running out before the Euros, Republic boss Martin O'Neill fielded an experimental line-up at the Aviva Stadium as he took a closer look at the understudies hoping to make the plane to France.

Kevin Doyle injury overshadows Ireland’s Swiss success in friendly

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Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 hopefuls got mixed reviews as Kevin Doyle's injury overshadowed a dour 1-0 win over Switzerland in Friday's friendly in Dublin.

With time running out before the Euros, Republic boss Martin O'Neill fielded an experimental line-up at the Aviva Stadium as he took a closer look at the understudies hoping to make the plane to France.

Trapattoni names starting 11 for Oman

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Giovanni Trapattoni has named his starting eleven for tomorrow night's friendly international against Oman at Craven Cottage.

Kevin Doyle will captain Ireland for only the second time in his career in what is an experimental side, with a number of fringe & new players being given the opportunity to impress the Irish boss.

Euro 2012 In Pictures: Croatia vs Spain, Italy vs Republic of Ireland

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During Monday's Group C games, we were: - Pleased that Niko Kranjcar found his razor in time; - Curious about Fernando Torres's possible use of bronzer in the first half; and - Wondering why Kevin Doyle wore his kit instead of his Everyman towel (surely it would've been worth the last ditch effort?

Robbie Keane

MLS Ticker: Drogba, Vela, Dykstra and more

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While a new report links Carlos Vela with a move to the MLS, the Montreal Impact will see the temporary return of their star striker to training ahead of their Week 3 battle with FC Dallas.

Drogba is set to train with the Impact in Dallas starting on Thursday.

Jogo 0539/2012 - Elim. Copa 2014 - Cazaquistão 1x2 Irlanda

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Mais um jogo das eliminatórias da Copa do Mundo de 2014, foi realizado no dia 07/09/2012, na cidade de Astana-KAZ, onde jogaram as seleções do Cazaquistão (142º no ranking da FIFA) e a seleção da Irlanda (26º no ranking da FIFA).

Antes desse jogo, as 2 seleções nunca jogaram:

O quarteto de árbitros, foi:
Árbitro: Ionut AVRAM (ROU)Assistente 1: Miklos NAGY (ROU)Assistente 2: Sebastian GHEORGHE (ROU)Quarto árbitro: Radu PETRESCU (ROU)

Scout:

  • 5º gol Kairat NURDAULETOV (37')
  • Robbie KEANE (88' Pen) 54º gol
  • Kevin DOYLE (90') 11º gol


UEFA World Cup Qualifying – Match Recaps – 7 Septmeber 2012

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Russia, England, Belgium, Ireland, Bosnia, Hungary, Netherlands, France, Germany, and Portugal all won in UEFA World Cup Qualifying on September 7, 2012.

Russia 2-0 Northern Ireland

Russia cruised to a home victory to move on top of Group F.

30′ Viktor Faitzulin 1 0 77′ Roman Shirokov (pen) 2 0 Azerbaijan 1-1 Israel

Azerbaijan fought back from an 0-1 deficit to earn a draw at home.

Kazakhstan 1-2 Rep of Ireland Goals

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This was probably the worst game of 2012 as professional football goes, with the Rep. of Ireland snatching an un-deserved victory in the last 5 minutes, Robbie Keane who failed to get a kick at the ball throughout the previous 85 minutes drew Ireland level via the penalty spot before Man of the Match Kevin Doyle who played just over 15 minutes grabbed a dramatic winner inside regulation time.

North And South: Irish Sides Struggle In The East As World Cup 2014 Gets Underway (Photos)

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By Alan Duffy

That's some divot

Both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland produced poor performances on Friday night in their opening World Cup qualifiers of the new campaign.

The North travelled to Moscow to face Fabio Capello's Russia.

Trapattoni names Ireland 11 for Kazakhstan opener

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Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has named his starting eleven for tomorrow's World Cup qualifier in Kazakhstan

Trap has named a back four of John O'Shea, Darren O'Dea, Sean St Ledger and Stephen Ward will line up in front of Sunderland keeper Keiren Westwood.

Wigan's James McCarthy starts in a four-man midfield that also contains Aiden McGeady, Simon Cox, and Glenn Whelan, while Jon Walters gets the nod ahead of Kevin Doyle to partner Robbie Keane up front.

Trapattoni names 23 man squad for Serbia friendly

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Giovanni Trapattoni has announced his squad for the upcoming friendly against Serbia.

Skipper Robbie Keane, keeper Shay Given, central defender Richard Dunne and midfielder Stephen Hunt have been left out of the squad for next month's friendly clash with Serbia in Belgrade.

Stoke's Marc Wilson, Everton's Seamus Coleman and Wigan midfielder James McCarthy all come into the squad.

Sean St Ledger: The name to remember from day 11 of Euro 2012

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With three losses and a goal difference of -8, Ireland equaled the joint worst Euro performance ever (Yugoslavia in '84, Denmark '00 and Bulgaria '04) in the group stage of Euro 2012. But in the 19th minute of their first group stage match against Croatia, they did score their one and only goal.

Wolves

Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme breaks his hand punching a tactics board

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Carl Ikeme is likely to be ruled out for the rest of the season after breaking his hand by punching a tactics board. The Wolves keeper lashed out in frustration after manager Dean Saunders gave him an earful over the farcical own goal he had conceded. Saunders initially claimed that Ikeme, who was subbed at [.

Wolves’ Kevin Doyle says Ireland players ‘taking the piss out of’ Sunderland’s James McClean

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Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle told a press conference that the squad has been "taking the piss out of" James McClean after his controversial Twitter activity following Friday's win over Kazakhstan. Sunderland star McClean took to the social networking site to vent his frustration at being left on the bench, but Doyle says there [.

Results for Wolves ( 1 – 1 ) Derby at Molineux Stadium on August 25, 2012, 3:00 pm

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Match just over at Molineux Stadium English League Championship Home Team Wolves Goals & Scorers 35′: Kevin Doyle; Keeper Carl Ikeme Midfield Tongo Hamed Doumbia; Slawomir Peszko; David Edwards; David Davis; Forwards Kevin Doyle; Sylvan Ebanks-Blake; Defense Stephen Ward; Ronald Zubar; Roger Johnson; Christophe Berra; Subs [.

Results for Wolves ( 3 – 1 ) Barnsley at Molineux Stadium on August 21, 2012, 7:45 pm

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Match just over at Molineux Stadium English League Championship Home Team Wolves Goals & Scorers 70′: David Edwards;61′: Sylvan Ebanks-Blake;8′: Stephen Ward; Keeper Carl Ikeme Midfield Matthew Jarvis; Slawomir Peszko; Karl Henry; Tongo Hamed Doumbia; Forwards Kevin Doyle; Sylvan Ebanks-Blake; Defense Stephen Ward; Ronald Zubar; Roger Johnson; [.

International football

Kevin Doyle Reveals Ireland Players Are All ‘Taking The Piss’ Out Of James McClean Over Twitter Diva Tantrum

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Euro 2012: Group C – The Final Day

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Despite Group C containing three of its best teams, the tension of the final games nearly unravelled the quality with which Spain, Italy and Croatia have sprinkled this tournament to date. Spain's light blue kit was, dare I say it, a bit scruffy, i.e. it suited players such as the Sergios Ramos and Busquets.

The Rest

‘Arry is back in the Premier League… by the skin of his teeth

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‘Arry is back in the Premier League... by the skin of his teeth - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Queens Park Rangers were one of the highest paid sides ever to be relegated from the Premier League when they went down a year ago, but they have managed to bounce straight back, thanks to an amazing twist of events at Wembley today.

Jogo 0566/2012 - Amistoso - Eire 4x1 Omã

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Mais um jogo amistoso, foi disputado no dia 11/09/2012, na cidade de Londres-ENG, onde jogaram as seleções da Irlanda (26º no ranking da FIFA) e a seleção de Omã (93º no ranking da FIFA).

Antes desse jogo, as 2 seleções nunca jogaram:

O árbitro desse jogo, foi: Andre Marriner-ENG

Scout:

Shane Long (7) 8º gol 1 - 0 Robbie Brady (23) 1º gol 2 - 0 Kevin Doyle (36) 12º gol 3 - 0 (72) Eid Al Farsi 1º gol 3 - 1 Alex Pearce (85) 1º gol 4 - 1



Mitt Romney approves of Reading's Anton Zingarevich

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Anton, come join us, smell the sweet, sweet smell of tax free money

David Conn's article in the Guardian focuses on Anton Zingarevich, the owner of Reading and the son of billionaire businessman Boris Zingarevich. The younger Zingarevich owns the club via Thames Sports Investment which is offshored in Gibraltar, a tax haven for owners who avoid paying capital gains taxes or stamp duty should they sell their shares for a profit in the future.

Drill a hole in your own head

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Having been linked variously with Chris Samba, Scott Dann, Kevin Doyle and Kieran Richardson over the last twelve months, it is quite understandable that's there has been a palpable sense of excitement around Arsenal this week. The acquisition of Santi Cazorla represents the third signing this summer that I have actually heard of.