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.
Wow, who were those guys and can we keep them? For the first time in a while the Rapids played good soccer for 90 minutes and were somewhat entertaining to watch. Amazing what you can do when you start XI people in pretty much their natural positions and you put 4-5 attacking players on the field at once!
Today the MLS Disciplinary Committee announced a 2-game suspension for Vicente Sanchez after his tackle on Hector Jimenez last week against the Columbus Crew. You can see the tackle here. He'll miss the road games tomorrow in Philly and next Friday in Portland.
Its a fair punishment for what was, unintentionally, a horrible tackle.
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.
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there, soccer moms or otherwise The Rapids host a Mother's Day afternoon game on Sunday against former assistant coach Wilmer Cabrera, now head coach of Chivas USA. I will not be in attendance at this one as I'll be celebrating Mother's Day with my family who's in town this weekend.
Who's going to step up and be our offensive leader? Didn't we just do this? Once again the Rapids are facing the Earthquakes, though this time in San Jose. This was originally going to be the season kickoff on March 9th but it was moved to assist San Jose in their CCL campaign. So now we've got the 2nd of 3 games in 8 days tomorrow night at 8:30pm MDT.
The Colorado Rapids have received the result from Vicente Sanchez's MRI scan, and it is not good.
Sanchez is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a sprained left knee that he sustained in Saturday's 1-0 victory over the Galaxy. The Rapids' leading scorer picked up the knock early in the match, but played through it and scored a beautiful game-winning chip before being replaced at halftime by Edson Buddle.
The Rapids wouldn't mind some long shots from Jose Mari Colorado is finally back home tomorrow, facing the San Jose Earthquakes at the Dick. After missing the last home game its been far too long since I've seen them in person. San Jose is still looking for their first win this year, while the Rapids have a chance to put up their best ever point total after their first 6 games with at least a draw.
Over 700 Sporting KC fans are descending on Colorado tonight ahead of tomorrow's game against the Rapids. Sporting KC head into the game looking to pick up their first road points of the season. They dropped one point in their only other road game in stoppage time in Seattle on the opening weekend of the season.
In the first road match in the 2014 regular season for the Portland Timbers, the club was hoping to take some of the advantages created in possession and passing statistics to jump start their offense and take advantage of chances. While the team stuck to their plan for most of the match, they fell behind courtesy of two penalty kick calls against goalkeepers Donovan Ricketts and Andrew Weber that the Rapids converted for a 2 to 0 in Denver, CO.
The Rapids scrimmaged UNLV today before their exhibition game against Chivas USA on Sunday. The opening lineup:
Berner Ibikunle - Van De Casteele - Moor - Klute Sturgis - Hairston Chavez- Galindo - Torres Hillâ€‹ and after the 60th minute, when all 10 field players were subbed: Berner Edward - Wynne - Watts - Burch LaBrocca - Guzman Serna - Sanchez - Eloundou Brown Newly signed keeper Joe Nasco has left camp for a couple of days to deal with a family issue, so Berner got to go the full 90.
The home-standing Sounders started the game well enough, which was probably no surprise after Colorado opted for big lineup changes. Oscar Pareja - my personal vote for MLS Coach of the Year - maybe over-thought things by dropping Marvell Wynne, moving Shane O'Neill to right back, and bringing in German Mera (who only played 577 minutes in 2013) centrally.
Well, I didn't see that coming. Colorado took Seattle to the woodshed in the first half, scoring almost at will, and spotted themselves a 4-0 lead at half en route to a 5-1 win over the league leaders. The game started with my coin flip, won by the Sounders unfortunately, but that actually worked in the Rapids favor.
I thought that we did enough defensively to keep them from scoring. We had maybe three quality chances in the first half. One was turned into a second chance when Jackson got in the way of the shot, brought it down, and kicked it over.
Here are the match highlights of the FC Dallas game at Colorado Rapids.
Scoring Summary: DAL â€“ David Ferreira (Jair Benitez, Fabian Castillo) 51 COL â€“ Vicente Sanchez 59 COL â€“ own goal (Matt Hedges) 65
FC Dallas â€“ Raul Fernandez, Kellyn Acosta, George John, Matt Hedges, Jair Benitez, Je-Vaughn Watson (Mauro Diaz 65), Erick (Kenny Cooper 82), Andrew Jacobson, David Ferreira, Jackson (Blas Perez 46), Fabian Castillo.
The Colorado Rapids looked primed to give up some valuable points at home to FC Dallas thanks to an early second half goal from David Ferriera, but Rapids midfielder Vicente Sanchez wasn't going to let that happen Saturday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
It turns out that the Colorado Rapids didn't even need Gabriel Torres in his debut game for the club since becoming their first designated player.
Forwards Deshorn Brown and Edson Buddle, who entered in the second half for Torres, scored on either side of halftime for the Rapids as they took down the Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-0, on Saturday evening at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
While they continue transfer negotiations for Panamanian striker and potential designated player Gabriel Torres, the Colorado Rapids are closing in on a deal that would bring a veteran striker with experience in Liga MX and the Bundesliga.
The Rapids are looking to add Vicente Sanchez, a 33-year-old Uruguayan currently in his home country with Nacional.
The Hot Time In Old Town crew has been experimenting with new some sidebar boxes in order to
improve our coverage and information on the Chicago Fire. One of these sidebars is the Chicago Fire
Rumor Mill. If there's so much as a minor hint of Fire related player news, you'll see at least a
fanshot thrown up along with some thoughts on how realistic it sounds and how credible the source
A hardy crowd of 18,362 saw substitute Angel Reyna score one goal and create another as Club
America disposed of Guatemala 4-1 Wednesday on a cold and breezy 55-degree night at Carson's Home
Wonder of wonders, former Galaxy midfielder Guillermo Ramirez (infamous in MLS for his inability
to finish) scored the lone response for the Central Americans just before half time.
El toro Matias Vuoso que baila como oso polar salto al campo de juego que fue su casa hasta hace
menos de un aÃ±o. Pero el colombiano Darwin Quintero destrozo las falsas ilusiones de los
aficionados americanistas y anoto un buen gol al minuto 2 de la primera parte.
Manuel Lapuente tenia que atacar y mandar a su equipo al frente pero el no esta acostumbrado
hacerlo por lo cual el partido no fue el mas espectacular , se veia antes de la primera parte que
Santos metia el cuarto en el global que las Ã¡guilas del America lograran meter un gol en el
A tally of 69 points led the way this week, with Parke the Bus the beneficiary. Leading the way and wearing the armband was Toronto's Jermain Defoe ($10.8), who scored his team's only goal in defeating DCU on his way to 14 points. Colorado's Vicente Sanchez ($7.5) scored 11 points, aided by drawing a penalty and scoring, and Stefan Frei ($5.
Justin Mapp sliced open the porous DCU defense on Saturday night, contributing to Di Vaio's first goal with his right foot (!!!). Mapp has been a threat for a Montreal offense that leads the league in goals per game, and he added another assist to his total on Saturday, bringing him up to four.
El estadio del equipo donde militaba el ahora americanista Vicente Sanchez y ahora juega el
espaÃ±ol Raul sufriÃ³ un accidente por las fuertes nevadas en Alemania. Ya en la premier league se
habia cancelado la jornada por el clima , en el metrodome de Minessota se habia caÃdo casi todo el
techo ahora pasa algo similar con el del Schalke 04.
Es martes y ya dijerimos lo hecho por los equipos en esta Jornada 8, prÃ¡cticamente a mitad de
torneo cuando faltan solo 9 fechas mas por jugarse, hoy podemos determinar ya un panorama de los
posibles integrantes del torneito liguilla y tambien podemos ir apuntando los aspirantes a una
estrellita mas en sus uniformes.