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Rapids name former captain Mastroeni head coach

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By DAN KARELL

The Colorado Rapids wanted to hire a club legend to be their next head coach. On Saturday, they did just that.

The Rapids announced that former captain and midfielder Pablo Mastroeni has been named the team's head coach, just one week before the Rapids play their season opener.

Mastroeni To LA

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First the trade details. The Rapids sent Pablo and the rights to Baggio Husidic (who we picked up in the 2011 Re-Entry Draft) to the Galaxy in exchange for a 2nd round pick in next year's draft and an international spot through 2014.

There are two ways I can look at this, with my head or your heart.

Pablo Traded!

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More this evening, but Mastroeni was traded to the Galaxy for a 2nd round pick next season and an international spot through 2014. LA also gets the rights to Baggio Husidic (which I didn't even know the Rapids owned!).

Rapids Sign Harrison Henao On Loan

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Colorado has just announced that they've signed midfielder Harrison Henao on loan from Once Caldas of Colombia. No terms were released but reports in Colombia say its until December and almost all MLS loans include an option to buy. Henao is a 25 year old player who's been a pro since 2006. Early indications are that he's a defensive midfielder, which may not be a positive sign for Pablo's recovery.

Pablo Out For 6 Weeks

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Yesterday the team announced that Mastroeni has been advised by doctors to take at least 6 weeks off before attempting to play again. Because of this he'll be going on the DL, the soonest he'll be able to play would be the May 19th home game against KC.

In unrelated news the Reserves beat the Fire Reserves 2-1 yesterday.

Pablo Dealing With Post-Concussion/Emory Released

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Two pieces of news out of Commerce City today.
  • Mastroeni is experiencing post-concussion -like symptoms and has been held out of practice the last two days.
Obviously this is not a good sign. Kyle Martino reported during Sunday's game that Pablo felt he was one bad concussion away from retirement, and now he's having post-concussion symptoms 10 days after suffering a head knock against Columbus.

Rapids Lose Nyassi To Montreal

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In today's expansion draft the Montreal Impact picked Sanna Nyassi from the Rapids. No team could lose more than one player, so after that selection the rest of the exposed players were safe.
Losing a player is never ideal, but given the possible outcomes this was probably the best result we could have hoped for.

Galaxy - Rapids: Running Blog

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And down the stretch they come! As the playoffs get closer, games matter more. The LA Galaxy, leaders in the Supporters' Shield race, take on the reigning MLS Cup Champions - the Colorado Rapids.

1 - Cardozo sizzles a shot wide - opportunistic, but off-target.
3 - Kyle's Keys for the game don't include any inside dirt from his days as a Galaxy player.

Rapids All-Time Team: Target Forward

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The starting target forward for the Rapids All-Time Team is Conor Casey.
How Acquired: Acquired from Toronto FC in exchange for allocation money, allocation position, and the rights to Riley O'Neill .
Years In Colorado: Early 2007 through present
This was an easy pick.

Fire Finally Earn 3 points Over Visiting Rapids

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Chicago Fire Setup: Frank Klopas' side continued to show how much they have upgraded in this dominating victory over the Defending MLS Champion Colorado Rapids. The speed in the partnership of Oduro and Nyarko up top was too much for the Colorado back line to handle. Without Marvel Wynne's speed to cover for the rest of the 3 defenders, Colorado would have conceded quite a few more goals.

Colorado Heads For A Draw

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Last night the Rapids tried out a new lineup but got similar results to what they've been seeing. Giving Cummings some continued rest Folan was put up front with Nyassi as a withdrawn striker underneath him. Early on it paid off, as Kimura launched Mastroeni(?!?!) down the right sideline and Pablo whipped in a perfect cross that Folan headed into the upper corner for the lead.

22 Goals, 2 Draws, and Plenty of Guts

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Looking back at this weekend's MLS action the one thing I noticed with many of the results was guts.  Or fortitude.  Or cojones.  Or other less family-friendly terms.  What I mean by all this is that so many of the results and so many of the players involved in them showed some real intestinal fortitude under conditions that would normally cause teams to wilt.

Game Thread: Dynamo at Rapids (2011 - Match 18)

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Houston Dynamo (4-6-7, 19 pts.) at Colorado Rapids (5-5-7, 22 pts.) Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO - 8:00pm CT
BROADCAST ESPN2 (ENG TV) ESPN Deportes (SPN TV) SportsTalk 790 (ENG Radio) La Ranchera 850 (SPN Radio)
REFEREE: Baldomero Toledo. MLS Career: 113 games; FC/gm: 25.

Colorado Gets Its First Look At The New Kansas City

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Sporting KC (aka the SporKCs) makes its first trip to Denver since they renamed themselves from the Kansas City Wizards (a much better name IMO). They also took our kits as they are now the light blue team in the league while we went to the white road kits. The SporKCs are in the 9th game of a 10 game road trip before their new stadium opens next month, and they have been spectacularly unsuccessful on the road with only 1 win and 1 draw so far.

Rapids Attempt To Raid New York For A Point

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On May 25th, 1778 British-led forces raided the Rhode Island towns of Bristol and Warren. They took prisoners and supplies before withdrawing. On May 25th, 2011 the British-led Rapids will try to raid another Northeast town, this time Harrison, NJ. They hope to take points and confidence with them when they withdraw.

Visit Of Former Rapids Brings Former Rapids Play

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Toronto came to town with 4 former Rapids on their roster, 2 of them from the Clavijo era. As part of their return to Denver they returned Clavijo-era ball to the Rapids. An ugly 0-0 game then played out.
The closest the Rapids got to a goal was right before halftime when Quincy Amarikwa was tripped up in the corner of the box, but didn't get the PK call.

Toronto Rapids In Town

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OK, computer problems are fixed and I'm (pretty much) healthy again so back to our regularly scheduled blogging. On Sunday Toronto FC is in town along with 4 former Rapids (most on one team in the league). Dan Gargan, Ty Harden, Jacob Peterson, and Adrian "Dalek" Cann will have their sights back on Denver for this weekend's game.

May 14th, 1814 - Skirmish of Otter Creek

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Continuing our War of 1812 history lesson, 197 years ago tomorrow a small British flotilla engaged an American force at the mouth of Otter Creek on Lake Champlain. The British were driven off and proceeded up Bouquet River to destroy the flour supplies in the mills at the base of the falls before re-engaging the Americans on the return trip.

May 6th, 1814 - Battle Of Fort Oswego

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On this date 197 years ago the British successfully attacked Fort Oswego, stealing supplies before withdrawing the next day. Tomorrow the British-led Rapids will attempt to successfully attack the Revolution in their fort of Gillette Stadium and will hope to steal 3 points. This will be Colorado's third game this week, and the lineup is still depleted by injury.

No Rest For The Weary

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Colorado has to bounce back quickly from last Saturday's disappointment. Tomorrow the Rapids are back at it, this time on the road in Houston to face the Dynamo. The Dynamo, especially in Houston, has been a bit of a nemesis for Colorado and they'll be looking to break this 4 game winless streak against a team that beat DC 4-1 at home on Friday.

Rapids Try To Put Dark Week Behind Them

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Its been a rough week for the Rapids. The Mullan incident hung over the team all week, and they're in the middle of a 3 game losing and scoreless streak. They try to right the ship tomorrow when the Chicago Fire come to town. Game time tomorrow at the Dick is 7pm. Class VI and the Pid Army are having a themed tailgate of Chicago dogs starting at 4pm in the regular spot.

4 Man Refs Beat 11 Man Rapids

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The undermanned Rapids played Fake Salt Lake even for 92 minutes. Then the refs got involved and the Rapids were out-manned 15 to 11 which resulted in a 1-0 loss.
The weather was as bad as we've seen it in years, cold, wet, window, and snow at the end. This may have been an equalizer for the teams as the Rapids were missing 3 starters (Casey, Mastroeni, Wallace) and lost two more players to injury during the game (Amarikwa, Smith).

FCD Rivalries

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FC Dallas has a few so-called "rivalries". There's the Brimstone Cup, between FCD and the Chicago Fire, which has been well documented. There's also the in-state rival Houston Dynamo, which has accounted for more than one off the field skirmish, many of which can be attributed to the trash can that is Robertson Stadium.

Seattle Sounders Vs. Colorado Rapids, Preseason GameThread: This One Doesn't Count Either

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First Kick is just a few days away. That game will feature the defending Supporters' Shield winners, the LA Galaxy, and will be showed live on ESPN. It should be an exciting game, packed with pomp, circumstance and actual meaning.

In the meantime, we'll have to settle for one more preseason game as the Seattle Sounders take on the Colorado Rapids in what is being billed as the second annual Community Shield.

Rapids Trade For Nane

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Colorado has sent a 3rd round pick in the 2012 draft to Toronto for midfielder Joseph Nane. He's 23 years old, drafted last year by Toronto and appeared in 11 games. Primarily a defensive midfielder he looks like he'll be a backup for Mastroeni and Larentowicz. He's Cameroonian so he will take a International slot.

The Keys to Rapids Title Run

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No team wins a championship without talent, endurance, determination, spirit, luck, good coaching, and various other intangibles. For the Colorado Rapids, other elements of their play proved indispensable as they captured their first MLS championship.

MLS Cup Final: Match Night Commentary

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The Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas are meeting tonight in the MLS Cup Final at BMO Field in Toronto (8:30pm, ESPN).

The Rapids come in having qualified through the Eastern Conference, while FC Dallas battled through the brutally tough Western Conference to secure its first berth in the MLS Cup Final.

Western Conference Final: Rapids vs. Earthquakes (Match Night Commentary)

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The Colorado Rapids will look to move a step closer to a first MLS Cup Final victory with a won tonight at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in the Eastern Conference final against the San Jose Earthquakes (9pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

A cold and snowy atmosphere awaits the two Western Conference clubs, with the Rapids considered the favorites at home, but the Earthquakes have already shown an ability to triumph in a hostile environment.

Ambitious Predictions for the Eastern Conference Final

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Tonight the Eastern Conference final will kick off in Colorado at 9:30 Eastern on Fox Soccer Channel. Â In a playoff full of upsets, this matchup epitomizes the postseason so far: the visitors are the lowest playoff seed who were led by the Golden Boot winner who provided almost all of their scoring and overcame the team with the biggest payroll in New York.

MLS Playoffs: Crew vs. Rapids (Match Day Commentary)

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A place in Major League Soccer's final four, and a chance to host the Eastern Conference Final are on the line today at Crew Stadium as the Columbus Crew takes on the Colorado Rapids in the second leg of their first-round MLS playoff series.

The Rapids posted a 1-0 victory against the Crew in the first leg, but Columbus has the home edge tonight and needs to win by multiple goals to win the series, or a one-goal victory to force overtime and potentially penalties.

Second Verse, Same As The First?

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Colorado has gone to Columbus with a 1 goal lead in their 2-legged series. Tomorrow afternoon we'll find out if its enough. The Rapids get their second look at the Crew in just over a week when they face off at Columbus Crew Stadium tomorrow at 2pm MDT. The game is on Telefutura nationally and on KWGN locally.

River Deep, Mountain High

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I don't GET the Colorado Rapids sometimes.

Their current roster seems built to not only survive, but dominate, in the Thrasymachean world of MLS. Not many teams have guys who can dominate the middle like Mastroeni and Larentowicz, not many teams (if any) have a forward corps as diverse and dangerous as Casey and Cummings, and - well, okay, everybody these days has a dominating goalkeeper, but Pickens doesn't hurt, unless it's stoppage time in a Rocky Mountain Cup game.

Gary Smith

Colorado v Columbus (2-0) – Rapids Rush Past Ineffective Crew

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Rapids' Strategy
With Nyassi on fire, it was easy for Gary Smith to maintain his dynamic strike partnership with Omar Cummings. The home side employed their usual 4-4-2 lineup with Mastroeni and Larentowicz in central midfield and Mullan and Thompson on the flanks. The first half strategy was to switch the ball across the field to Mullan who was in acres of space because the Crew kept a narrow defensive shell.

Seattle v Colorado (4-3) – Open and Attacking Match Yields 7 Goals and a Sounders Win

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Seattle's Strategy Hurtado went off injured v Portland and Ianni was brought on to replace him at center back. Other than that, the starting XI seems to be the preferred lineup for Sigi Schmid. Alonso and Friberg paired in the center of midfield with Fernandez and Rosales out wide.

FC Dallas

Match Fit Reserve: That Was The Week That Was The Week Before The MLS Cup Final

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My predictions for the Western Conference Semifinals:


SJE over COL
LAG over FCD


So I pulled an o-fer. I'd be willing to wager that a lot of people did. I went for the scrappy underdogs in San Jose, and they got bullied around by the, um, scrappy underdogs of Colorado.

2010 MLS Cup Preview — Canadian Style

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To kick off our MLS Cup 2010 Preview, I am pleased to share that we will be live blogging the match on this site Sunday night beginning at 8:30 PM Eastern. For those of us not in Toronto, please visit this site to share thoughts on the two teams, ESPN's coverage, or the warmth of your home as opposed to those at the stadium.