Omar Cummings

Colorado Rapids

Thanks Omar!

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On Sunday Omar Cummings announced that FC Cincinnati's friendly against Valencia CF last night would be his final game as a professional. He will immediately transition to teh front office working with Cinci's youth club.

Omar was one half of the C+C Goal Factory that combined for 89 goals for the Rapids between 2007 and 2012 (39 for Omar, 50 for Casey) and was one of the starters for the Rapids in MLS Cup 2010.

Drew Moor, All-Star!

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At halftime of the beatdown the U.S.is putting on Cuba Pablo's selections for the All-Star Game roster were announced. As expected there was 1 and only 1 Rapid on it, (former) captain Drew Moor.

Lets be honest, with our play this year we probably didn't deserve to have anyone on the All-Star roster.

Old Home Week Continues

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He's a Ginger Ninja!
Sunday it was Omar Cummings coming back to the Dick. Tomorrow night its Jeff Larentowicz and Qunicy Amarikwa make their return with the Fire. Saturday it will be a trip to Dallas to see Oscar Pareja, Hendry Thomas, and Stephen Keel. Lots of ex-Rapids this week. The game tomorrow is at 7pm, so the tailgate stats at 4, for those people who can get out of work early.

Creamsicles!

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These might be good in the heat tomorrow
The Rapids start a 3 games in 7 days swing tomorrow that will take them into the World Cup break (USOC game aside). Omar Cummings makes his first return to the Dick after the trade that sent him to Houston, he will probably get a rousing ovation when he makes an appearance.

Short-Handed Rapids Hope To Short Dynamo

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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.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Colorado Rapids

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The foundation has been laid and now the Colorado Rapids will have to build on it.

After a disappointing, injury-plagued first year under head coach Oscar Pareja, the Rapids are aiming to show progress in the Colombian's possession-based and attack-minded system in 2013.

Larentowicz shipped to Fire

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The Colorado Rapids continued to dismantle any of the remaining value of the MLS Cup-winning side of 2010, shipping Jeff Larentowicz to the Chicago Fire for cash, a draft choice and an international roster spot.

Larentowicz, the consummate professional during his three years in Colorado, thanked the team for the opportunity as he departed for the Windy City.

Hill, Akpan provide winning close

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The Colorado Rapids closed the season in a fashion nearly identical to the way the team started 2012.

The Rapids beat the Houston Dynamo 2-0 on Saturday night in Commerce City. The team closed the season on a two-game winning streak, the same way the Rapids opened the campaign.

In the four games that bookend the 34-game season, the Rapids scored eight goals, allowed only one and earned four wins.

Rapids dump Chivas USA 2-0

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Two teams playing out the string on the 2012 season produced an entertaining match on Saturday night as the Rapids defeated Chivas USA 2-0 at the Home Depot Center.

Martin Rivero and Kamani Hill found the back of the net in the first half and the defense proved stout in the second half as the Rapids earned a shutout on the road.

Whitecaps drop points again as Smith's late equalizer salvages draw for Rapids

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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.

Rapids rally for draw on the road

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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.

Late Goal Gives Colorado Draw in Vancouver

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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.

Giles Barnes

Technically Speaking: #HOUvNE

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In a largely forgettable game, the Revs beat the Dynamo 2-1.

Why was it so unremarkable? Mainly because it was a generally sloppy game, a game that raises the further question: Why was the level of play so subpar?

On the Revs' side, possibly because coach Jay Heaps made a calculated decision that, with his team already in the playoffs, he could afford to start four second-stringers (Patrick Mullins, Steve Neumann, Scott Caldwell, and Darrius Barnes), while resting starters (Jermaine Jones and Charlie Davies).

First kick: Barnes out, Kinnear goes with rare 4-3-3 formation

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Forward Giles Barnes, who was tied for the team lead with four goals, was out with a right hamstring strain he suffered Wednesday night against D.C. United.

With Barnes unavailable, veteran Brian Ching and rookie Jason Johnson were the only other healthy true forwards available to pair with co-scoring leader Will Bruin.

Houston Dynamo

Lee Nguyen Leads Revs To Victory

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Major League Soccer MVP candidate Lee Nguyen scored both of the New England Revolution's goals to lead the Revs to a 2-1, come-from-behind victory on the road over the Houston Dynamo. Nguyen scored his 16th and 17th goals of the year in the 65th and 87th minutes, respectively, to help New England overcome a 1-0 halftime deficit.

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo

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Once again, the Union find themselves playing the Houston Dynamo following a mid-week U.S. Open Cup game.

UNION GAME #29
VS
PPL Park, Chester, PA
September 20, 2014
7:00 PM ET
TCN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas
Know Thy Enemy: Dynamo Theory
Starting XI
Conor Casey Forward Omar Cummings, Giles Barnes

Andrew Wenger, Cristian Maidana, Sebastien Le Toux

Maurice Edu, Vincent Nogueira

Midfield Andrew Driver, Luis Garrido, Ricardo Clark, Brad Davis
Ray Gaddis, Carlos Valdes, Ethan White, Sheanon Williams Defense Kofi Sarkodie, David Horst, A.

Match report: Union 0-0 Houston Dynamo

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Philadelphia Union's winless streak continues after they failed to put a shot on goal all day despite going up a man late in the game.

All to Play For

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I feel sorry for you if today's Sporting KC vs Houston Dynamo game was the first professional soccer or MLS game you've watched. Because it was not a pretty game. It was a not a pretty game at all. In fact it looked a lot like all three of KC's three previous games against the Dynamo this year, where a grand total of three goals were scored.

Know Thy Sub: Secret to Playoff Management … or Why Bloggers Shouldn’t Coach

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By: RescindedRedMLS

We were eager to show-off our shiny new toys. We love something new to brag about in front of a big crowd. Problem with shiny new things is they rarely meet expectations.

At the start of the playoffs the most popular dark horse choices were the Colorado Rapids in the West and the New England Revolution in the East.

Clark winner helps Dynamo snap two-month winless skid

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By IVES GALARCEP

After failing to score a goal in more than a month, and failing to win a match in almost two months, the Houston Dynamo were in desperate need of a result to turn around a slump that was threatening to send their season into a tailspin.

Sparked by the return of Oscar Boniek Garcia, and the insertion of Omar Cummings into the starting lineup, the Dynamo attack showed signs of life on Saturday that hadn't been seen in some time, and while there was no deluge of goals for Houston, Ricardo Clark's game-winning header felt like one.

Cummings makes first start, provides a boost

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Although he didn't score, the Dynamo got a huge boost from Omar Cummings.

Cummings, who was the Dynamo's big winter acquisition, had not started a game this season because of a knee injury. He started and played 69 games, taking one shot on goal.

"I thought he did all right," Kinnear said of Cummings.

Houston Dynamo vs Portland Timbers: After the dust settles, what remains?

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The day after a loss is always tough. Was it real? What the hell went wrong? Is it the end of world? Why can't we play all our games at BBVA Compass Stadium?

In a nutshell... it was real, a lot went wrong, it's not the end of the world, and that last one is a stupid question.

Behind a Ryan Johnson brace, the Portland Timbers took care of business (aka the Houston Dynamo) and got their first win of the season.

Houston Dynamo vs Vancouver Whitecaps: The Video Room Pregame

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It's the first visit to BBVA Compass Stadium for the Vancouver Whitecaps, but the Houston Dynamo are hoping to make it another happy ending for the home fans.

The Dynamo enter the game on a 32 game unbeaten streak at home and are coming off two consecutive losses - each allowing 3 goals. Houston will be looking to right the ship and will rely on the home fans to help push them back on the right track.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Houston Dynamo

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By IVES GALARCEP

For 45 minutes in the 2012 MLS Cup Final, the Houston Dynamo looked like they could win a championship. The Los Angeles Galaxy may have rallied and ultimately pulled out the trophy-winning victory, but what we saw from the Dynamo was a glimpse of just how good they could be.

2013 Season Preview: Houston Dynamo

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It's that time of year where the anticipation of the new season is at an all time high. The Houston Dynamo will kick off their 2013 campaign this upcoming Saturday against D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium. It's also the perfect time to look at the entire snapshot of the offseason work put in by Dominic Kinnear and Chris Canetti.

Houston Dynamo's Corey Ashe & Omar Cummings Undergo Surgery

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Houston Dynamo defender Corey Ashe and forward Omar Cummings each underwent surgery on Friday January 25, 2013.

Ashe had surgery to address minor chronic irritation in his left kneel, while Cummings had surgery to address a right knee injury that was aggravated in training this week. The injury was originally sustained in a recent training stint with the Jamaican national team.

2013 MLS SuperDraft: Houston Dynamo select Jason Johnson with the 13th pick

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With the 13th pick in the MLS Superdraft, the Houston Dynamo selected Jason Johnson. The reigning Atlantic-10 Offensive Player of the Year scored 26 goals with 10 assists in three years at Virginia Commonwealth University.

A Jamaican international (played with the U-23 side during Olympic qualifiers, made his senior team debut in February 2010 against Argentina), he'll join countrymen Je-Vaughn Watson and Jermaine Taylor and raise the question on whether or not Dom Kinnear has a thing for Jamaicans with first names starting with 'J'.

Houston Dynamo target Honduran Alex Lopez and other offseason rumblings

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Keep up with the latest Houston Dynamo trades, re-signings, and transfers rumors with our 2013 Offseason Storystream. It will be updated regularly with breaking news and information leading up to the 2013 MLS season.

Over the last few weeks, the Dynamo preseason has been relatively quiet.

Omar Cummings Traded to Houston Dynamo

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In their second trade of the young offseason, the Houston Dynamo have acquired striker Omar Cummings in a trade with the Colorado Rapids. In return, Colorado will receive Nathan Sturgis and an undisclosed amount of allocation money.

In the trade, the Dynamo addressed their most glaring need in the forward position.

Dynamo land Cummings from Rapids

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Houston Dynamo went into the off-season needing a speed option at forward after losing Calen Carr to a torn ACL and not only did they get one, they managed to land one of the best in Major League Soccer.

The Dynamo acquired Jamaican forward Omar Cummings from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for Nathan Sturgis and allocation money, the teams announced on Sunday.

Dynamo Snag Omar Cummings In A Deal With Colorado

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Omar Cummings is headed to Houston.(Getty Images)

Weird timing on this trade announcement. Just before Christmas on Sunday morning, the Houston Dynamo announced that they have sent allocation money and midfielder Nathan Sturgis to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for forward Omar Cummings.

Rapids Trade Forward Cummings to Dynamo

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The Colorado Rapids took another major step in rebuilding their squad this weekend by trading veteran striker Omar Cummings to the Houston Dynamo for midfielder Nathan Sturgis and allocation money. Rumors began circulating Friday that the Dynamo were finalizing a [...]

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Major League Soccer

New England Revolution Players Fail To Realize MLS Season Has Started

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The good feeling that New England Revolution fans had heading into the new MLS season lasted all of 62 seconds. That is how long it took for Houston strikerWill Bruin to capitalize on a mistake by Revs defender Jose Goncalves and make it 1-0 Houston.

Eleven minutes later it was game over whenBruin scored again.

Allocation Money

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The list of players traded in the past six months for Allocation Money should give you a bit of a sense of how much it can be worth: Alvaro Fernandez, Jamison Olave & Fabian Espindola, Ryan Johnson and lately maybe even Omar Cummings.

This Allocation Money can do magical things.

Allocation money does not count against a club’s salary budget and can be used:

  • To sign players new to MLS (that is, a player who did not play in MLS during the previous season).

Jamaica

Going Undercover in Jamaica: Getting the Scoop on Omar Cummings

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Some of you may have thought that the loss to LA drove me into exile. Others may have surmised that I abstained from writing any DT posts for fear of completing 1,000 words of only tears. Still, a few might be asking who the hell I am.

The answer is no, a little bit, and...me.

The whole truth is that, foreseeing the impending addition of Omar Cummings, Dynamo Theory sent me undercover to Jamaica to get a better understanding of our newest striker.

USA-Jamaica Preview: US Again Out For A Bit of History, Three Road Points in Jamaica

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Jon Levy Two matches in five days against the other top team in our qualifying group. These matches were always going to be important, but they've taken on even greater significance ever since Marco Pappa's sublime free kick in Guatemala sent you scrambling for your qualifying schedule. These could be make-or-break matches.

USA-Jamaica Preview: US Again Out For A Bit of History, Three Road Points in Jamaica

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Jon Levy Two matches in five days against the other top team in our qualifying group. These matches were always going to be important, but they've taken on even greater significance ever since Marco Pappa's sublime free kick in Guatemala sent you scrambling for your qualifying schedule. These could be make-or-break matches.

The Rest

Filibuster podcast episode 56: A toast to Omar Cummings, the Slayer of the Red Bulls

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The Filibuster guys continue their offseason rampage, starting with Bill Hamid's call-up to the United States Men's National Team for their friendlies against Scotland and Austria. We then briefly touch on the hiring of Troy Scott from Events DC as the Senior Advisor for Stadium Development and Operations, touching on what that means for D.

Lahoud to be honored for work with at-risk youth, no joy for NY and NE, Drexel men claim 2nd straight CAA title, more

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Lahoud to receive Bresee Foundation's Pioneer Award. New York and New England knocked out of MLS playoffs. Drexel claims second straight CAA men's soccer title. Orlando announcement expected on Nov. 19. More.

Cummings-Sturgis Trade Follow-Up

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Now that I'm back from my holiday travels time to get into this trade that happened at the oddest time I can remember, Sunday morning two days before Christmas. The Rapids gave up the other half of the C+C Goal Factory, Omar Cummings, in return for allocation money and Nathan Sturgis.

My first instinct is much like the Kimura trade from last year (oddly, Cummings and Kimura were roommates and were considered the Odd Couple of the team).