Colorado Rapids

FC Denver Needs Your Help

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Local amateur side FC Denver qualified for the 2018 U.S. Open Cup. This will almost certainly require them to travel out of state if they advance at all. To help with those costs they've started a fundraiser here. Hopefully they can put everything they need together.

A Decade Of View From The Couch

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10 years ago tonight I wrote my first post on this blog. Sadly it was ripping into the team for doing nothing in the offseason but the point is that it started something I didn't expect to last this long. A MLS Cup, a Supporters Shield runner-up, many failed USOC campaigns, and 1760 posts later I'm starting my second decade of blogging this team.

A Microcosm Of Almost Everything That's Wrong

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This game was a microcosm of almost everything that's wrong with this team.

  • No depth as we're only using 25 of our 30 roster spots, so tired players have to play and players have to be played out of position. This leads to injuries like we saw with Sjoberg and Gashi, who were just coming back from injury.


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Today the draw was made for the 4th round of the U.S. Open Cup, the round the Rapids enter. They were drawn to host the winner off the Colorado Springs Switchbacks - Oklahoma City Energy 3rd round match. If the Switchbacks win it will be the 3rd year in a row that the Rapids host them at home in the 4th round.

News and Notes, May 11, 2017

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A couple of odds and ends from around Colorado soccer.

  • Most importantly, the home game against Portland on Sunday June 18th has been moved to Saturday June 17th, still at 7:30pm. Originally this game was scheduled to be broadcast nationally on FS1, it will no be shown locally on Altitude.

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.

U.S. Open Cup bracket

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The groups were comprised exactly as I predicted yesterday which means we were in a pot with Dallas, Houston, and KC. Unfortunately we got (IMO) the worst possible draw. On June 28th or 29th we'll be in Dallas for the next round. The winner of that game will be on the road against the winner of Houston/KC in the quarterfinals on July 20th or 21st.

Rapids Move On To Round Of 16

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A lackadaisical Rapids side did just enough to get the win last night without expending too much energy. A late goal from Serna was enough for the home team to claim best team in Colorado rights for a second straight year. Other than the goal it was a fairly quiet night out in Commerce City.

Before the match we received some updated player news:

  • Castillo was recalled from and Calvert sent to Charlotte
  • Azira was suspended for the match due to a ed card in his last USOC match last year with Seattle (this was the trigger to Dempsey's infamous referee abuse)
  • Burch came up with an unspecified injury
  • Watts collided with Powers going for a header in training.

Rapids Enter 2016 U.S. Open Cup Tomorrow Night

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Tomorrow the 4th Round of the U.S. Open Cup kicks off and due to the timing the first game will actually be the Rapids hosting the Colorado Springs Switchbacks at 7pm at the Dick. This is the third year in a row the Rapids have started their USOC campaigns at home and I'm still getting used to it.

Unofficial: USOC Game Tuesday June 14th, 7pm

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No official announcement from the Rapids yet but according to the Colorado Springs Gazette the U.S. Open Cup game between the Rapids and Switchbacks will be Tuesday June 14th at &pm at the Dick.

EDIT: I missed it, there was an official announcement of this date/time. Tickets on sale Monday.

USOC And Salary Info

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Two pieces of news today. We'll start with the small stuff first. The 4th round U.S. Open Cup draw was held today and it was determined that the Rapids will host the winner of the game on June 1st in Arizona between Arizona United and the Colorado Springs Switchbacks, both USL teams. The game will be sometime between June 14th and 16th.

Rapids @ Houston In USOC

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The USOC draw just happened. As expected the Rapids were in a pod with KC, Dallas, and Houston. We got drawn 4th, which means we're the road team for both rounds. First we're at Houston then if we win we'll be at the Dallas/KC winner.

Rapids B Side Outclasses Switchbacks

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The Rapids easily showed off Colorado Springs last night 4-1 and the game wasn't that close. The Rapids had a shutout until into second half stoppage time when the Springs finally broke through.

The first 25 minutes were fairly dull with the Rapids having the majority of possession but not doing much with it.

Rapids Face First Intra-State Matchup To Start USOC

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For the first time ever the Rapids will play a competitive match against another Colorado-based team. The USL Colorado Springs Switchbacks make the drive up I-25 for the 4th Round U.S. Open Cup match at the Dick tomorrow at 7pm.

Its always hard to predict how these games will go. Until last year the Rapids seemed to take every opportunity to blow off this competition by playing plenty of reserves and not competing for hosting.

Rapids To Face Switchbacks In USOC

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Colorado Springs just eliminated FSL2 1-0 setting up an all Colorado matchup in the U.S. Open Cup 4th round as the Switchbacks will come north to play the Rapids on June 16th.

This also makes it Colorado: 2 - Utah: 0 in the USOC this year after Harpos FC eliminated BYU in the 1st round.

Rapids To Host USOC 4th Round Game

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Tonight the USSF revealed the draw for the U.S. Open Cup 4th Round. The Rapids were drawn at home(!) against the winner of the 3rd round game between the Colorado Springs Switchbacks and Real Monarchs, played in SLC. The Monarchs are FSL's USL reserve team. The Rapids will host the winner on June 16th at 7pm.

Some Housekeeping Notes

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A couple of housekeeping articles today.

US Soccer has released the format of the 2015 U.S. Open Cup. The 17 American MLS team will enter in Round 4 on June 16th and 17th along with the 15 winners of Round 3. Because of this two MLS teams will play each other in round 4 while the other 15 teams are matched up with the Round 3 winners.

Second Half Farce Leads To USOC Elimination

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The Rapids didn't bother to show up on Tuesday night until they were up 2 men and down 2 goals. By then it was too late. Pablo put pretty much the best team out there he could have and the response was luke-warm. Then Atlanta played dirty and cheap, the officials lost control, and Colorado lost the game 2-1.

USOC Round 5 Tomorrow

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To distract everyone from Thursday's showdown with Germany we've got another U.S. Open Cup match tomorrow night. The NASL Atlanta Silverbacks are in town after beating FSL in the last round. Game time tomorrow night is 7pm and the tailgate starts at 5pm.

Today the Rapids found out that with a win tomorrow night they'll host the quarterfinal matchup and their opponent will be the Fire-Crew winner.

What Can Brown Do For You?

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Deshorn Brown and the rest of the first team manhandled Orlando City last night. Brown recorded a hat-trick while LaBrocca and Powers each put away one in a 5-2 win. The Rapids outclassed them all over the field and only a great early strike and lax defending up 4-1 got Orlando their goals.

  • Loved the (I'm sure unintentional) homage to Herculez Gomez with Brown taking a seat in the stands to celebrate one of his goals.

USOC Tomorrow!

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Yeah, its easy for this to get lost in the World Cup but the Rapids do play tomorrow night. The USL Orlando City FC is in town for this 4th Round game. FSL lost in stoppage time to the NASL Atlanta Silverbacks on Saturday, so a win tomorrow night gets us a home game next week against another lower-league side.

Major League Soccer

KC's Cups Runneth Over

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In case you missed it, Sporting KC raised the US Open Cup for the fourth time (and third time in the last six years) with a prototypical 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night. You can catch my player ratings for both teams over at MLSS shortly. For now, dig the scenes. - Greg Seltzer

Sporting Kansas City, winner of FC Cincinnati, Miami FC to host U.S. Open Cup semifinals

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Photo by Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The magical run of either FC Cincinnati or Miami FC will continue in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals, and no matter who wins, they'll be returning home next round.

The winner of the rescheduled FC Cincy vs. Miami FC quarterfinal will host the New York Red Bulls in the upcoming semifinal round.

Revolution 2:1 DC United US Open Cup Photo Gallery

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U.S. Open Cup Round of 16: Miami FC hosts Atlanta United, FC Cincy hosts Chicago Fire, and more

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Photo by Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

With the Round of 16 draw officially complete, the next stage of the U.S. Open Cup features some truly intriguing match-ups

The immediate takeaway is that both Miami FC and FC Cincinnati will host their round of 16 MLS opponents in the South region, with Miami taking on Atlanta United and Cincy battling the Chicago Fire.

New England Revolution

New England 3, Rochester 0 - Early Red Dooms Rhinos as Revs Advance

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A questionable second yellow card and a late PK put the Rhinos in a tough spot and the Revs capitalized to move on to the USOC Round of 16.

The Rochester Rhinos were hoping that their stingy defense would hold up against the New England Revolution in the fourth round of the 2017 US Open Cup.

USOC Backs Boston for 2024 Games; Good for Revs?

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In a development that could impact the future of a soccer specific stadium for the New England Revolution, the U.S. Olympic Committeetapped Boston as its bid city for the 2024 Summer Games on Thursday.

"Today's selection by the USOC is the beginning of an incredible opportunity for Boston," said the city's bid chairman, John Fish, who will be part of a celebratory news conference Friday with the USOC leadership.

Fire 1 Revolution 0 - recap and ratings

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Three points, a win on turf, and a clean sheet. All in one night. The Fire are within four points of the fourth and fifth place teams in the Eastern Conference at the mathematical half way point in their season. An early Quincy Amarikwa goal was enough to get by a New England Revolution side that has lost its fifth consecutive league game and was bounced out of USOC play on Wednesday night.

Philadelphia Union

Bum Fights at the Blackjack Table: Chicago Plays Philly in Back-to-Back Shrug Off

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Try, Try Again. (via

In case youhaven't successfullysifted through U.S. Open Cup game date information (info whichMajor League Soccerhas little incentiveto promote), theChicago Fire are meeting fellow cellar dwellingPhiladelphia Union in a semi-final match tomorrow,Wednesday 8/12.

USOC match report: Philadelphia Union 2-1 DC United

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Despite going a goal and a man down, the Union rallied to an impressive 2-1 victory over DC United, sending them into the quarterfinals of the US Open Cup.

USOC 4TH ROUND GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Rochester Rhinos

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The Union begin their quest for a second consecutive U.S. Open Cup run by taking on USL powerhouses Rochester.

USOC 4th Round
PPL Park, Chester, PA
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
7:30 PM ET
Online Streaming: YouTube
TBG Game Preview
Starting XI
CJ Sapong Forward Christian Volesky, Kenardo Forbes
Vincent Nogueira, Eric Ayuk, Cristian Maidana, Zach Pfeffer, Andrew Wenger Midfield Sean Totsch, Mike Garzi, Tony Walls, Jonny Mendoza
Raymon Gaddis, Maurice Edu, Richie Marquez, Fabinho Defense Onua Thomas Obasi, Pat McMahon, Grant Van De Casteele, Julian Ringhof
John McCarthy Goalkeeper Brandon Miller
Andre Blake, Raymond Lee, Ethan White, Sheanon Williams, Fred, Jimmy McLaughlin, Sebastien Le Toux Bench Adam Grinwis, Vassilios Apostolopolous, Drew Ruggles, Marcos Ugarte, Alex Dixon, Colin Rolfe, Asani Samuels
Numbers of Note
18 - appearances John McCarthy made for Rochester Rhinos last season
0 - defeats of Rochester Rhinos this season, the only unbeaten team in USL.

Poetry Corner Kicks: Union 2 - Crew 3

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So. Very. Frustrated.

In a game the Philadelphia Union just had to win, they fell completely flat. I don't know that I've seen a more frustrating game than that one in a long time. If I'm being honest with myself, I would say that the Union just don't deserve to go to the playoffs. But the fan in me still says that we've got the talent to play with anyone, hence the frustration.

USOC: Revs Eliminated by Union in Stormy Q’final

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An early Conor Casey goal was all the Philadelphia Union needed to eliminate the New England Revolution from U.S. Open Cup play following a 2-0 quarterfinal win on Tuesday at PPL Park.

Casey scored in the ninth minute, while longtime Revolution antagonist Sebastien Le Toux secured an insurance strike in the 47th minute.

The Rest

Footy on the Telly – June 23-30

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This week, The Union Must Win (twice, don't they?), FIFA Confederations Cup, UEFA Euro U21, Copa Sudamericana, Segunda Playoffs, and a lot of soccer history.

Photo Gallery: USOC, Sounders vs Portland

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In Round 4 of the Open Cup, the Sounders defeat the Timbers 2-1

USOC 2017: GPS Omens (MA) Praise "Team Effort" in 3-1 Qualifying Win over Newtown Pride FC (CT)

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Massachusetts based GPS Omens could be on their way back to the US Open Cup tournament proper while the wait for Newtown Pride FC continues for their first USOC berth.

GPS Omens, the leaders of the Massachusetts Bay State Soccer League defeated Newtown Pride FC of the Connecticut Soccer League 3-1 last Sunday at Newtown High School in a 2017 US Open Cup qualifier.

Union draw third priority for USOC Final hosting rights

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Not improbable, but not automatic that the Union host the U.S. Open Cup Final again this year.

In a blind draw conducted by U.S. Soccer on Wednesday, the Union received the third priority for the right to host the U.S. Open Cup Final.

The Chicago Fire won the first priority, Real Salt Lake was picked second, and Sporting Kansas City drew the lowest priority, eliminating them from hosting the event.

Fire down Orlando City 3-1, advance to USOC semi-finals

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The beauty of the US Open Cup tournament is that every team has a chance to win in a one game elimination format. By virtue of the 3-1 victory over Orlando City, the Fire have advanced to the USOC semi-finals on August 11 in Philadelphia. They will face is a Union team that is tied with them for the most losses (11) in MLS during the regular season so far.

Sons of Ransom Celebrate Lansing United’s Shootout win over RWB Adria

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In the wake of their shootoutvictory against RWB Adria, OTF guest writer EricWalcott reviews the match andthe connection between NPSL'sLansing United and their supportergroup, the Sons of Ransom.

Lansing United seems to specialize in the dramatic. In their inaugural season, United won the Midwest Region's Great Lakes West Conference by a single point.

As Fire prep for USOC semi-final it may be time forget about Jermaine Jones

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The Fire will have an opportunity to reach the seventh US Open Final in club history but they'll have to beat a team they have yet to defeat in any competition. Since coming into the league in 2009 the Fire are 0-7-3 against Seattle including a loss in 2011's US Open Cup Final. If the Fire are to reach a seventh USOC Final they'll have to do it without Mike Magee who is unavailable due to a red card ejection in the quarter final game against Atlanta.