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Colorado Rapids

Conor Casey Rapids Number Nine!

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The Crew are in town for tomorrow night's game and normally I'd make a Village People joke here but something more important is going on. In a pre-game ceremony Conor Casey will be inducted into the Rapids Gallery of Honor alongside Marcelo Balboa, Chris Henderson, Paul Bravo, John Spencer, and Pablo Mastroeni.

And So It Begins...

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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.

An Independence Day treat

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For the 16th time in 17 years, the Colorado Rapids host a July 4 match, with the Vancouver Whitecaps providing the foil this season.

As the holiday approaches, The Tuesday List takes a look at how the Rapids have performed on the holiday through the years. And, although the game was a day early in 2011, last season's closest match is included for this comparison.

Match #2 Preview: Philadelphia Union Vs. Colorado Rapids

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Setting: Sunday, March 18 at PPL Park in Chester; kickoff scheduled for 4:21:00 PM Eastern

Broadcast Information: NBC Sports Network (Arlo White, Kyle Martino) nationally with coverage beginning at 4:00 PM Eastern / Mile High Sports Radio KCKK 1510 AM/93.7 FM (Todd Romero, Marcelo Balboa) and ESPN Deportes 87.

Rapids Live On Altitude...Most Of The Time

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Colorado announced its TV plans today, and once again their on Altitude. Not a surprise since KSE owns both the Rapids and Altitude TV. 28 games will air live on Altitude. One game, April 1st, will be live on Altitude2 which is only available in SD on Comcast. April 1st is a home game against the Fire though so I'll be seeing it live in person.

Rapids All-Time Team: Right Midfielder

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The starting right midfielder for the Rapids All-Time Team is Anders Limpar.
How Acquired: Signed as a free agent from Swedish side AIK.
Years In Colorado: 1999 through 2000
How Departed: Left as a free agent, signed but never played for Swedish side Djurgardens IF before retiring
Our first international player in the All-Time team, Anders Limpar might be a bit of a surprise in this position.

Rapids All-Time Team: Left Center Back

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The starting left center back for the Rapids All-Time Team is Ritchie Kotschau.
How Acquired: Traded Adin Brown, Scott Vermillion, and our 2002 first round pick to Tampa Bay for Carlos Valderrama, Scott Garlick, and Richie Kotschau.
Years In Colorado: Mid 2001 through 2005
How Departed: Traded to Columbus for Cornell Glen.

Rapids All-Time Team: Center Back

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The starting center back and easiest selection in the Rapids All-Time Team is Marcelo Balboa.
How Acquired: First player ever signed by the Colorado Rapids team, on a free transfer from Leon in Mexico
Years In Colorado: 1996 through 2001
How Departed: Traded to NY for a 3rd round pick in the 2002 draft
Unlike many of the positions on this team, this one was a complete no-brainer.

TV and Roster News

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Two big pieces of news today. first the Rapids officially announced that they'll be back on altitude in HD this year for 27 games. That appears to be every non-FSC or ESPN game, and the two ESPN games will be rebroadcast on Altitude. When the games overlap a Nuggets or Avalanche game the game will be on Altitude 2.

Rapids on Altitude 27 times

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Altitude announced Tuesday that it will broadcast a total of 27 Colorado Rapids regular season games during the 2011 season.

Game coverage on Altitude will begin on Saturday, March 26, as the Rapids take on their conference rivals, Chivas USA live on Altitude 2. Altitude will be broadcasting 25 live games including 13 roads matches, as well as an additional two telecasts on instant replay via an agreement with ESPN, all in high definition.

NASL Commissioner Candidates

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Hola amigos! We all have heard about the new NASL and hope it will one day reach the glory of the old league back in the 70's and 80's. So Burrito listen to "Its called Football" interview of NASL CEO Aaron Davidson and he mentions an NASL Commissioner...
So, Burrito decide to make a list to help out el Senor Davidson and the rest of the NASL teams make a decision on the best candidates out there so they can SIZE them up.

Marcelo Balboa & Bobby Rhine Talk MLS Playoffs with The Orange Slice on 1560

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The Conference Finals of the MLS Cup Playoffs take place this weekend with Colorado Rapids hosting San Jose Earthquakes at 8:30 pm central time on Saturday November 13th on Fox Soccer Channel and the Los Angeles Galaxy hosting FC Dallas at 8:00 pm central time on Sunday November 14th on ESPN2.
Marcelo Balboa and Bobby Rhine joined The Orange Slice on 1560 The Game in Houston to talk about the MLS Cup Playoffs:
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Voting open for MLS goal of the year

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 NEW YORK, NY - Fan voting is now open for the MLS 2010 AT&T* Goal of the Year and NAPA Auto Parts Save of the Year awards. Fans will have the opportunity to select the top goal and top save of the 2010 regular season from the 30 AT&T Goal of the Week winners and [...]

THE MATCHUP: Hot Rapid-on-Rapid action!

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---------------It takes days for The Rapids to get to Toronto

TORONTO FC (7th) VS. COLORADO (5th)
 
BMO Field - Saturday 12PM ET
TV: CBC

 
There hasn't been this many rapids in football since Colorado Rapids held the Marcelo Balboa Testimonial match against Rapid Vienna in a raft on actual rapids.

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Donovan, Reyna, McBride headline USMNT All-Time Best XI

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By DAN KARELL

With a nod to the past and present, U.S. Soccer released its All-Time USMNT Best XI to round up the Centennial year celebrations.

Six players on the list have earned more than 100 caps in their USMNT careers, including leading vote-receiver Landon Donovan (52 votes), Marcelo Balboa, Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey, Eric Wynalda, and Claudio Reyna.

They’ve still got it

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OMAHA, NE. For three quarters the 1994 United States World Cup team more than held their own in an indoor soccer exhibition against Major Indoor Soccer League's Omaha Vipers on Friday night.

Alexi Lalas and other members of the '94 U.S. World Cup team took part in an indoor exhibition in Omaha on Friday.

Legal Immigration, Soccer Style

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The political landscape surrounding US/Mexico borders and legal and illegal immigration is surrounded by strong emotions, loud arguments and both educated and ridiculous opinions.

Luckily, this is a soccer blog, not a political blog. My opinions on the US/Mexico immigration issue are not the focus on this post.

Tab Ramos Interview

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Tab Ramos, one of the USA's greatest players, played in three World Cups in the 1990s and starred in Spain, the Mexican league and MLS. Now president and coach of youth club New Jersey SA 04 and a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation's Technical Committee, Ramos comments with Mike Woitalla of Soccer America on the 2010 World Cup, the U.

Line-Up for the MLS All-Star Celebrity Soccer Match

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While the match between the MLS All-Stars and Manchester United on Wednesday July 28, 2010 at Reliant Stadium is the focus of the MLS All-Star festivities, there are other events leading up to that match worth checking out if you're in Houston.

One such event is the MLS All-Star Celebrity Soccer Match, which will take place on Tuesday July 27th at 5:00 pm at Discovery Green in downtown Houston.

World Cup

Podcast – Episode 38 – Marcelo Balboa talks USA v Antigua & Barbuda

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Former USA international and beIN Sport commentator Marcelo Balboa talks about the upcoming World Cup Qualifying match on Friday at Antigua & Barbuda. The match will be broadcast on beIN Sport at 7 PM Eastern on Friday, October 12, 2012.

The 90th Minute Podcast Episode 38 Featuring Marcelo Balboa

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Five Predictions [8.10.11, vs. Mexico]

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1. With a new coach in place, there's an awful lot of uncertainty about what's to come. I think it's best if we just get the obvious, can't-miss prediction out of the way: Our coach will wear slacks for the first time in nearly five years.

2. Most pundits are expecting a Bradley-type lineup today, since it's Klinsmann's first game and he'll be feeling things out.

Five Predictions [8.10.11, vs. Mexico]

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1. With a new coach in place, there's an awful lot of uncertainty about what's to come. I think it's best if we just get the obvious, can't-miss prediction out of the way: Our coach will wear slacks for the first time in nearly five years.

2. Most pundits are expecting a Bradley-type lineup today, since it's Klinsmann's first game and he'll be feeling things out.

10 Questions With… Marcelo Balboa

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Oct 28, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Marcelo Balboa anchored the USA defense for much of the 1990s. These days, Balboa is the host of a weekly radio show in Denver, where he doesn't hold back when talking about the state of the American game nearly a decade after he retired.

Former World Cup foes preview USA-Brazil friendly

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By FRANCO PANIZO

More than 65,000 spectators are expected to attend the United States-Brazil friendly on Tuesday, and among them will be two former national team standouts.

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Some Soccer News for Thu Sep 6, 2012

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Team USA World Cup Qualifying Viewing Party In The Twin Cities - Fri Sep 7 at Jamaica - AND - Tue Sep 11 v Jamaica.

TASTIEST MLS GAME OF THE WEEK

Excellent East v West heavyweight showdown tonight with Houston v Salt Lake!

World Cup 2010: Final Thoughts on South Africa

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We have reached the conclusion of the 19th edition of the World Cup. The end of a World Cup always feels like the end of a long vacation; returning to reality is tough, but there are plenty of great memories. With no place else to put these, here are some random parting thoughts on the 2010 World Cup.

World Cup 2010: Final Thoughts on South Africa

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We have reached the conclusion of the 19th edition of the World Cup. The end of a World Cup always feels like the end of a long vacation; returning to reality is tough, but there are plenty of great memories. With no place else to put these, here are some random parting thoughts on the 2010 World Cup.

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Lalas, Wynalda to lead USA legends vs. Mexico

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Fans of the United States and Mexico were unable to see the two arch-rivals face off this year during Olympic Qualifying, but thanks to a blast from the past, they'll get their fix.Â

The Legends Classic, a match featuring several of the greatest players to play for the US and Mexico is scheduled to take place at the Home Depot Center on April 15th at 9pm EDT.

Bocanegra reaches 100-cap plateau

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Carlos Bocanegra has enjoyed a distinguished career as a U.S. national team defender, and he joined exclusive company on Tuesday, becoming the 12th player in U.S. Soccer history to reach 100 caps.

The steady U.S. captain marked the 3-2 victory over Slovenia by joining Cobi Jones, Jeff Agoos, Landon Donovan, Marcelo Balboa, Claudio Reyna, Paul Caligiuri, Eric Wynalda, Kasey Keller, Earnie Stewart, Tony Meola and Joe-Max Moore in the century club at the start of his 90-minute shift.

USMNT and Major Indoor Soccer League Wrap-up... they came together on the field last night too

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The USMNT blog just announced their 18-man roster for tonight's game versus Chile.

Goalkeepers
1-Sean Johnson
18-Nick Rimando

We hope our own Sean Johnson gets the start. SB Nation's Ryan Rosenblatt has a good preview to get you caught up.

Merging the worlds of USMNT and Major Indoor Soccer League, the Omaha Civic Auditorium hosted an unique matchup that saw a collection of players from the 1994 USMNT World Cup team (and others) take on this year's Omaha Vipers.

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Rapids rarely tally as all stars

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Although there have been many wide open games in the previous 15 MLS All-Star gatherings, Colorado Rapids players have rarely stolen the spotlight.

With Omar Cummings picked at the lone representative for this year's showdown against Manchester United at the New York Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.

Looking at past, present all stars

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The MLS and Red Bull New York announced today that individual tickets to the 2011 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on July 27 at Red Bull Arena featuring the MLS All-Stars against Manchester United are sold out to the general public.

The match will be telecast live on ESPN2, Galavision, and TSN at 6:30 p.

Real Salt Lake

Things To Do In Commerce City When You're Dead; or, Crew Go Chasing Waterfalls

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Amusingly enough, no team making a conference switch has ever failed to win in the first round, since MLS moved to this current format which everybody loves. Kansas City beat Chivas USA in 2007 before falling to Houston, New York made it to the final in 2008, Salt Lake of course won the final last year.

Paulo Jr scores in his debut for RSL. Want to be a Pro Soccer Player? ...and more

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Paulo Araujo Jr's debut for Real Salt Lake was one of those story book, fairy tale, once in a lifetime type of situations. Paulo, Loaned to RSL for the rest of the season came into the Concacaf Champions game versus Toronto in the 74th minute making an immediate impact as he scored 6 minutes after entering the game to leave the final tally at 4-1 in favor of RSL.

The Rest

USA-Costa Rica: Pre-Game Primer

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Here's the full package of informationto get you prepped for USA-Costa Rica tonight. Meantime, a few highlights:
  • Clint Dempsey has six goals in World Cup Qualifying in this cycle and 11 overall. He is the only player to appear in all seven matches of this cycle. Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named Dempsey as the USA's captainfor the upcoming qualifying matches against Costa Rica and Mexico.

The Reuters American Soccer Hangout (with Marcelo Balboa, Ives and Simon Evans)

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U.S. Goalscorers against Jamaica - Jermaine Jones Thriller

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Earlier today on Twitter @ussoccer, we asked if fans could name the U.S. players on this current roster who have scored against Jamaica. The correct is three, and for one it was a very special moment in his U.S. Soccer career.
In front of more than 45,000 fans at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., Jermaine Jones scored his first goal in a U.