Pablo Mastroeni

Colorado Rapids

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Philadelphia Union News

Jozy Altidore, Jordan Hamilton score as D.C. United lose 2-0 to Toronto FC
Union face DC United on Saturday, here's how they did last time out.

Union fans shouldn't be surprised that Derrick Jones was sent off
Playing at home on national television, the Philadelphia Union stumbled to a third straight loss on Sunday night.

Alan Gordon making the most of a bench role in Colorado

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Alan Gordon is on a bit of a hot streak.

The Colorado Rapids' backup forward has the winning goal in each of their last two games and both came in the dying minutes of the game. The first of them was a header against Columbus Crew in the 86th minute of play that barely snuck inside the far post.

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.

The First Big Offseason Decision - Pablo

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As of now Pablo Mastroeni is essentially out of contract as Rapids Head Coach (I'm sure his contract probably runs to the end of the month or something but the games are over). The first decision the Rapids Front Office has to make this offseason is obvious' Will Pablo return?

To review his head coaching tenure so far:

2014: 8W-8T-18L - 0.

Mastroeni confident of Rapids mentality ahead of Sunday decider vs. Sounders

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The Colorado Rapids may have lost the first leg of the Western Conference Final, but their form at home this season, coupled with a crucial away goal, gives the club a very good shot at reaching the 2016 MLS Cup final.

"It's not so much about how we're going to stop them [in the second leg], but more importantly how are we going to ignite our attack to put them on their heels,"said Rapids coach Pablo Mastroeni.

Colorado Rapids aren't as good as their record indicates

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The 2016 Colorado Rapids under Pablo Mastroeni are either really good or really lucky, or both. It's probably not both though.

Heading into the 2016 MLS season, not a lot of people had the Colorado Rapids on their "teams to watch" list. Much of this can be attributed to their 2015 season that saw the team earn a Western Conference worst 37 points while scoring the fewest goals in the league.

Leslie Jones, MLS Cup Playoffs, and David Beckham: Freedom Kicks for 31 October 2016

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You need to see Leslie Jones' tweets

Freedom Kicks are having a hard time transitioning to the offseason, just like the staff and you are, I assume. We will get to drowning our pain in delight at David Beckham's misfortune, but first, the MLS Cup Playoff links.

Impact gets important 1-0 win over the Red Bulls thx to Matteo Mancosu - Mount Royal Soccer: If D.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/31/16

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Happy Halloween and enjoy the spoooooooooooky links.

MLS News

LA Galaxy narrowly defeat Colorado Rapids in first leg
Dos Santos goal gives LA a slim advantage heading to Colorado

Sounders vs. FC Dallas, recap: Seattle takes 3-0 lead onto road
Nelson Valdez scores one and Nicolas Lodeiro adds two more for Sounders.

Rapids looking toward 'reset' following blowout loss to NYCFC

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The Colorado Rapids knew their 15-game unbeaten run would come to an end at some point. MLS is a league built on parity, a competition not constructed for excessive dominance or complete ineptitude.

After experiencing the latter for the past several seasons, the former has defined the Rapids' 2016 season.

Colorado Rapids Scouting Report: A lack of identity hasn't hurt them

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Sounders played well for about 35 minutes last time and it almost got them a result, this time should be better.

Colorado is first in the league. I'll let that digest for a second. Yes, the Rapids lead the Supporter's Shield 24 points from 12 games. The crazier thing, no one really knows how they do it.

Colorado Rapids Scouting Report: Pablo Mastroeni's Wild West

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Sounders matchup well against Mastroeni's mustache, Marc Burch's hair, and the Rapids defense.

Well I won't lie, the Rapids still suck. The problem is, they have more points than us. That can't stand. They can't stand. Mastroeni's boys are in 3rd in the West, 3rd! and they average one goal a match.

Rapids show grit to overcome Sporting KC in road win

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On the night of the club's 20th anniversary, Sporting Kansas City looked little like the powerhouse it had become post-rebrand. Now 3-2-0, Sporting KC stumbled to a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids, who were determined to ruin the home side's evening.

Opposition 11: Projected starters for the Colorado Rapids against D.C. United

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An injury, a suspension, and Pablo Mastroeni make the Rapids a bit difficult to predict when it comes to their starting 11.

On one hand, D.C. United is facing a predictable opponent on Sunday. The Colorado Rapids are still a primarily cautious, conservative team that plays at a slow tempo primarily for defensive purposes.

Colorado’s on track to become the laughing stock of Major League Soccer

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The 2015 Colorado Rapids were depressing. They finished last in the Western Conference, last in goals scored and last in attendance. They continued to replace young talent with veteran mediocrity. Even technical director Paul Bravo, amidst all the spin, acknowledged that the team was a mess once the ball crossed midfield.

Colorado’s on track to become the laughing stock of Major League Soccer

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The 2015 Colorado Rapids were depressing. They finished last in the Western Conference, last in goals scored and last in attendance. They continued to replace young talent with veteran mediocrity. Even technical director Paul Bravo, amidst all the spin, acknowledged that the team was a mess once the ball crossed midfield.

Rapids likely to address position of need in MLS Draft

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LAUDERHILL, Fla. The MLS Draft always comes down to one of two principal philosophies: Address a need or take the best player available.

It seems likely that the Colorado Rapids will go with the former.

The Rapids are a day away from entering the MLS Draft with the No.

Rapids targeting two attacking players with "good" international resumes

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LAUDERHILL, Fla. The Colorado Rapids are looking at the international market for players. Of that there is no secret.

Who they will pick up is moreof an unknown.

The Rapids have been busy over the last week preparing for selecting second in this Thursday's MLS Draft, but the club is also looking to add more than a top collegiate prospect to its roster in the coming days.

Opposition 11: Who will the Colorado Rapids start tomorrow against D.C. United?

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Normally predicting a Rapids starting lineup is very difficult, but it might be easier than normal tonight.

When it comes to unpredictable lineups, the Colorado Rapids take the cake. D.C. United will face a very predictable team in terms of how they approach the game, but Pablo Mastroeni's "everyone gets to play" philosophy - well, unless you're shunned-for-no-apparent-reason Shane O'Neill - makes predicting the individuals enacting that gameplan a tricky task.

Major League Soccer releases fans' Starting XI, Commissioner's picks

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With Major League Soccer's fans voting and Commissioner Don Garber adding two more picks, it's up to Colorado Rapids manager Pablo Mastroeni to make sure players that had a good first half of the season actually get rewarded.

During the half of the United States vs. Panama Gold Cup match, the Major League Soccer Fans' Starting XI was released.

Rapids Try To Avoid 19 In A Row In Dallas

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Pablo in better times
The Rapids get introduced to the league's new Friday night UniMas schedule with a game down in Frisco against our defeated MLS Cup foes FC Dallas. Colorado is still riding an 18 game winless and 600 minute scoreless streak. If they fail to score in the first 25 minutes tomorrow they'll set a new record for longest scoreless streak to start a season at 385 minutes.

All-Star Game Announced

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As expected the big announcement at Union Station today was the All-Star Game coming to Colorado. Here's what we know so far:

  • Date: Wed. July 29th
  • Time: 7pm
  • Location: DSG Park
  • TV: Fox Sports 1, UniMas, TSN, and RDS2
  • All-Star Coach: Pablo Mastroeni and his mustache
  • Chipotle MLS Homegrown Players Game also returns this year
What we don't yet know:
  • Opponent, other than an "elite international club" and almost confirmed that it won't be Arsenal (it was mentioned at the event that they're scheduled to be in China this summer)
  • Schedule of the Homegrown game
  • Ticket cost and availability, other than Rapids season-ticket holders will get first shot
A couple of interesting snippets from the press conference:
  • There was a bid process to get the game, which Colorado won.

Front Office Q&A Wrap-Up

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Last week the Rapids Front Office held a Town Hall for C38 at the Celtic. Apologies for the late update but an illness and a busy release week schedule prevented me from getting to it until now. Here are some of the highlights from the notes I took.

Present: Richard Fleming (RF), Paul Bravo (PB), Tim Hinchey (TH), Pablo Mastroeni (PM), Drew Moor (DM)
Format: Written questions from the audience asked to the panel by Fleming, followed by one-on-one time with the panel

Also present in the audience but not participating was Zat Knight (and wow, he's a big guy!

D.C. United vs. Colorado Rapids staff and reader predictions

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United will play their annual match against the Rapids on Sunday night at RFK Stadium. Who will win, and how will it go down? See our take.

D.C. United haven't lost to the Colorado Rapids since an April 2011 visit to the Denver suburbs, and the Black-and-Red haven't lost to the 'Pids in DC since May of 2010.

D.C. United versus Colorado Rapids preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Colorado blog Burgundy Wave

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In which we get the lowdown on all things Rapid from our friends at Burgundy Wave.

With the Colorado Rapids coming to town on Sunday, we reached out to Chris White of the Burgundy Wave to talk about all things soccer from the Rocky Mountains.

Questions for Burgundy Wave

B&RU: After a good start, the Colorado Rapids have hit a rough patch; what has happened to the team?

Quite A 48 Hours

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I'm going to dispense with the actual game review as A. the game stunk and that's all that really needs to be said and B. the aftermath says more about what's going on with the Rapids than the game itself.

In his post game interview Pablo Mastroeni had a number of alarming comments. Two in particular that stood out:
"I'm not worried about the trophy, the Rocky Mountain Cup," Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni said after the loss.

Honoring Pablo

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7:15 tomorrow night Mastroeni goes into the Gallery of Honor
The Rapids are back home tomorrow night for the first time in three weeks. They'll be facing former assistant coach and the rest of the Under-A-Chivas. We'll also see former Rapids Martin Chavez and Nathan Sturgis, but not Martin Rivero who's season is over after a knee injury.

Opposite View: Three Questions With Burgundy Wave

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This week we sit down with UZ from Burgundy Wave, SBN's Colorado Rapids blog, about our annual fixture against the club that won the MLS Cup the year the Union came into the league.

tBG) The Colorado Rapids are currently third in the Western Conference on the back of a stingy 1.1 goals conceded per game.

The Best of Both Worlds - 2014 FBM Beer-view: Colorado Rapids

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With Major League Soccer and the rest of American soccer kicking off we've curated an impressive list of players, personalities, broadcasters, front office folk, and fans to have them tell us (and you) about their upcoming 2014 season.

And, of course, pair their hopes and dreams for this season with a tasty local brew.

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago at Colorado Rapids

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Just how much traffic will there be in front of Sean Johnson, especially over the final 15 minutes when the game may be on the line? (photo: chicago-fire.com)

OTF's Jon Denham looks to the captain to step up as he returns to Colorado, while Emily Ainsworth brings the view from mile high.

Philadelphia Union

Postgame quotes: Rapids 1-1 Union

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Postgame comments from Jim Curtin, Brian Carroll, Ray Gaddis, Ken Tribbett, and more.

Union bits, All-Stars face Spurs tonight, Platini announces he’ll run to replace Blatter, more

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Union bits and bobs. Barnetta still training with Union. MLS All-Stars face Spurs tonight. Platini running to replace Blatter. More.

Photo Essay: The 2015 MLS SuperDraft

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner shares his look at last week's SuperDraft in Philadelphia.

Union drop last game of 2014, USWNT cruises to championship, MLS playoff dates, more

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The UNion season ended as it began, with the team giving up a late goal. US wins CONCACAF Women's Championship with ease. MLS Playoff schedule. 76ers owner close to buying Crystal Palace. More.

Union friendly in Hburg, Le Toux approaching 50 & 50 milestone, concussion lawsuit, more

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Union in Harrisburg tonight for annual friendly. Le Toux quietly approaching 50 goals/50 assists mark. FIFA, US Soccer named in concussion suit. More news.

Postgame video and quotesheet: Union 3-3 Rapids

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Video and transcript of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference, and comments from Cristian Maidana, Sheanon Williams, Danny Cruz and Brian Brown.

US World Cup History

The US and the 2006 World Cup

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Our series on the US at the World Cup continues with a look at 2006 tournament in Germany.

The US and the 2002 World Cup

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Our series on the US at the World Cup continues with a look at the 2002 World Cup.

The Rest

Re-Entry Draft today, no Waiver Draft selections, MLS Expansion details, more

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Another day, another draft. Tiago Lopes returns as City Islanders president. Garber outlines MLS expansion details. NASL saga continues. More.

SBI MLS Coach of the Year: Pablo Mastroeni

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Heading into third season in charge of the Colorado Rapids, Pablo Mastroeni was on the hot seat. For each of the past two seasons, the Rapids had looked uninspired in the attack, and had finished well below the playoff line in the Western Conference.

Major Link Soccer: USA begins Copa América journey against Colombia

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A special Copa edition of the daily links. Get ready for the biggest tournament on US soil in decades.

Copa América Centenario

It all kicks off today! Jurgen Klinsmann minced no words with the Wall Street Journal about the state of the US team, his goals for the Copa, and how his young players need to do better in their club teams to earn roster spots.