Maybe Turbo and Ozone can help us... Due to being in Portland for the weekend,
this will be a combined game review, such as it was, and game preview. Though there really isn't
anything to review, due tot he nature of the game and the fact that I was seeing it in person from
a lousy seat there isn't much to talk about.
Hopefully a good metaphor for the Timbers after the game The Rapids head for the
Rose City on Friday night to face the Timbers, a team they have never lost to. Portland, of course,
is where long-time Rapids fan favorite Kosuke Kimura was traded to and I'm sure he's going to want
to show Colorado what they're missing.
Ah, the Clash Back to the main point of this blog. Things don't get easier for the
Rapids as their at the Supporters Shield leading Earthquakes tomorrow night. Not an easy place to
turn things around. Game time tomorrow is 8:30pm on Altitude, so go out and enjoy the bike race in
Golden, Boulder, or areas in-between, get a good dinner, and settle down for some soccer.
Maybe some roasted goat at the tailgate? The Under-A-Chivas are in town tomorrow
coming off a beat down at the hands of the LA Galaxy. The Rapids really need to pick up home points
to have any playoff chance at all, so this is almost a must-win game. Game time tomorrow is 7pm, so
the tailgate starts at 5.
Yep, still using this pic :D The Rapids are in Dallas tomorrow, aka DSG Park South
(at least in the playoffs). Two teams that have fallen greatly since they met almost two years ago
in Toronto for MLS Cup. Dallas is in worse shape than we are though, needing a miracle to even
sniff the playoffs while if the Rapids can get hot over the next 5 games, 4 of which are against
teams out of the playoffs, they can be back in the picture.
As much as I love the Rapids, this will be my sporting obsession for now So the
Rapids have one more chance to get a meaningful win this month, being 0-0-5 so far. Tomorrow the
Sounders are back for their first game in Colorado since the Steve Zakuani incident, and hopefully
he'll be playing.
It would be nice not to lose this tomorrow At this point the last thing the Rapids
probably want to do is play a game. On top of the horrible events in Aurora last night the team had
to change its plans for today. Originally the team was scheduled to fly straight from Toronto to
Salt Lake City but they stopped in Denver today for the funeral of Marisa Colaiano.
Second game in a row I can use this pic :D We go from facing our opposition in MLS
Cup to playing at the location of MLS Cup. Unfortunately the Rapids have lost every game they've
ever played in Toronto other than MLS Cup. Much like Seattle, Toronto appears unbeatable at home,
at least by us.
I'll take any excuse to use this picture :D Yes, our favorite MLS Cup losers, FC
Dallas, are in town tomorrow night. As far as I know Daniel "Real Championship" Hernandez will be
with them so be sure to give him your love. Dallas just today traded with Toronto for Designated
Player Julian de Guzman so it will be interesting to see if he's with the team tomorrow and if he
plays at all.
In climbing, everything above 26,000 feet is the Death Zone In 6 competitive games
in Seattle (4 in MLS, 2 in USOC). the Rapids have lost 6 times, scoring 4 goals and allowing 16.
Tomorrow the Rapids will enter their Death Zone again as they're in my hometown for a late game.
Both teams are coming off of 4th of July games, Seattle was held to a scoreless draw in Sandy.
The burning of York 200 years ago the U.S. fought the War of 1812 against Britain,
mainly in British-held Canada. As part of the war the American forces burned York. Tonight the
Rapids will try to recreate the victory over Canada by beating the Vancouver Whitecaps on
Felled logs floating down river Last year we opened the season with a 3-1 home win
over Portland, our opponents tomorrow night. We later beat them 1-0 with a favorable non-offside
call in Portland. Tomorrow we hope to keep that streak going with another win. Kickoff tomorrow is
The True Clash The Rapids defense is going to have to Clampdown on the team
formally known as the Clash order to get a win tomorrow night. Our first mid-week home game of the
season will probably result in a smaller but hopefully no less vocal crowd. Despite that the
tailgate will go on as normal with a 5:30 start.
River whitecaps are better than ocean ones When the Rapids face the Whitecaps you
know that somebody's getting soaked. In the first of our 3 meetings against them the Rapids make a
trip to the Great White North. The Rapids have never lost in Vancouver (all of one game) while
they've never won in Toronto when facing Toronto, so western Canada is much more favorable to us.
In a home match the Colorado Rapids could ill afford to loseĀ the teamĀ got a 3-2 win over the
expansion Montreal Impact thanks to a Southern wind andĀ atrocious officiating on Saturday
Tied at 2 and down a man with the 61st minute ejection of Tyrone Marshall, the Rapids got the
victory off an 83rd minute free kick that a strong wind kept the ballĀ dancingĀ along the crossbar
until Jaime Castrillon headed it into the back of the net.
After a disastrous midweek game in DC Colorado is back at home against Sporting KC. Kansas City is
on a 3 game slide after winning their first 7 to start the season. There's a big tailgate for this
one as Kansas City usually brings a good crown. we're doing a BBQ tailgate and the KC fans are
bringing authentic KC BBQ sauce.
After what felt like a extremely long 10 days off Colorado is back in action tomorrow night in DC.
The center of power hasn't been kind to the Rapids historically, with last year producing only our
3rd ever win in the District. This season a beat up burgundy side makes the trip with 4 major
starters unlikely to start.
Dealing with recent travel problems, wet & heavy grass and the peculiarities of CONCACAF
officiating the Seattle Sounders pushed by Caledonia AIA in a game that in many ways was a
repetition of the last meeting. Three goals for the Sounders v one pk goal by the Trinidad side.
Scoring was opened by Alex Caskey on assists by Zach Scott and Sammy Ochoa.
In a game that was not beautiful, the US still managed to dominate the play and win. Abby
Wambach scored the loan goal of the game. The North Koreans finished the game a woman down after
second half sub, Choe Mi Gyong was given her second yellow in a five minute span for a harsh tackle
on Lauren Cheney.
Of the two games this weekend, KC couldn't win the bigger of the two, but at least the traveling
fans didn't go home without seeing one win. The Swope Park Rangers took on the Chicago Fire this
morning in Chicago, and came away with a 3-1 win over the Fire. Three first half goals were enough
to see the Rangers to victory.
Nicks' Note: So, Chelsea lost the Community Shield. Picking up the pieces
isĀ Sahil, purveyor of sardonic smiles and blase outlook. Read on to find out how
he thinks the Shield is basically as much of a professional football fixture as playing
keepy-uppies with your dog in the back garden.
As Bayern Munich prepare for an intense second leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinal away
to Real Madrid, star midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has warned his teammates to avoid getting
yellow cards that would jeopardize their involvement in a potential final appearance at the Allianz
Branislav Ivanovic's very first reaction to a reporter's revelation about his suspension from
the UEFA Champions League final next month has already spread like wildfire but after composing
himself, the Chelsea defender has delivered a highly emotional response the incident.
Ivanovic, one of Chelsea's most consistent performers this season, exceeded his yellow-card
limit with a booking late in the first half of last night's 2-2 draw away to FC Barcelona.
In a move that could be described as "huh? really? that's happening?" and properly reacted to as
"yeah, it happened", Eric Hassili, formerly of the Vancouver Whitecaps, has been traded for Toronto
for the first round pick of the 2014 SuperDraft.
The Up Side : The man is a game changer who can materialize brilliance out of nothing, as
seen here in Exhibit A and Exhibit B.
John Hackworth noted at Wednesday's press conference that the Union will play eight games
between Saturday's match in Houston and the New England game on July 29, a rate of a game about
every four days. Saying, "It's all about managing our guys wisely," Hackworth acknowledged, "It's
going to be a challenge.
A late fury of shots in the first half was all that showed a diving match wasn't on from Italy. A
lenient ref also saw several yellows handed out although more were warranted and Balotelli luckily
was pulled for begging for a card. 2 goals in the span of 5 minutes see Italy pull a point against
El Tri have been one of Brazil's bogey teams, always managing to give them a hard time. Giovani
Dos Santos, of Brazilian origin through his father, Zizinho who played for Mexican club Club
America opened the account with a beautiful goal. He latched onto a diagonal wide on the left and
then runs towards the goal as the Brazilians back off, stops abruptly to change direction and then
with his left foot chips the ball sweetly across the face of the goal and over Rafael nestling at
the far post.
Good to see several Persib fans make the long journey north for this game. There were banners from
Karawang, Palembang and Bogor among others highlighting the support this special football club
Norwich City battled to a 3-3 draw against Arsene Wenger's Arsenal, earlier today, to put clear
daylight between themselves and the relegation battle, and inflict a blow to the Gunners' Champions
League prospects for the 2012/13 campaign. The result was Arsenal's fourth without a win in as many
Lots of red cards were handed out in Week 7. Four, to be exact, two each for two teams, RSL and
Philadelphia Union. Two of the incidents were quite similar, with the offending players leaving
their feet and challenging with both feet, studs up. The referees delivered a consistent message --
there will be none of that.
Earlier this year, all the talk was about Sporting KC missing Teal Bunbury during the summer during
the Olympics in London, but then the US crashed out of qualifying in Nashville, which will keep
Bunbury with KC during the summer. The loss of Bunbury would have been rough, but not
unrecoverable, what will happen though could be a lot rougher for KC to deal with.