An exciting announcement came out this week. The Rapids have signed Swedish Midfielder Johan Blomberg for the 2018 season.
We examine his record, how he'll fit into the "Rapid's Way" and just how the heck do you pronounce his name? I bet you're doing it wrong.
A Goal article has come out with a list of the most overpaid players in MLS and Tim Howard features prominently. Is Howard really unreasonably compensated or has the endorsement deals he's brought the team made it all worth it.
Next we explore the growth of the sport thru youth leagues and prognosticate as to the future growth of not only players but fans in the USA.
Can soccer ever be that watercooler conversation topic in America? We track the growth and compare participation to other big sports.
This week we delve into the world of eSports. Why? Because of KSE's newest foray into the Overwatch League.
Yep, apparently professional video gaming is now a thing; and the Kroenke's are all in with a team in Los Angeles called the "Gladiators".
Following that we get into some great discussions about Coach Pablo and what might have been, and we each set our own protected lists.
Thank you to everyone who joined in on the conversation on social media and Twitch.
The big topic of the day is the new Head Coach Rumors. Who will it be? Are the rumors legitimate? Only time will tell. But that doesn't stop real sports fans from pontificating.
Also, we have some clips from our forthcoming YouTube show "Untapped" with Rapids Director of Communications Ryan Madden. He talks about roster spots, Cup dreams and being the most transparent Club in the MLS.
The gut wrenching Rapids 2017 Campaign has come to a (not so) merciful end; not with a bang, but with a whimper.
We have to talk about Seattle, that's what you pay us for, but no sense in dwelling on these things.
Let's, instead, spend some time looking forward to the off season and all the myriad changes that must absolutely take place for this club to be a success in 2018.
This week we review the epic destruction of Fake Salt Lake's playoff hopes in pure Gangsta style. (Matt finds a new low in self-humiliation, but he does it all for you).
We talk Cooke, Howard, Hairston, The Centennial 38 honors bestowed on the team and a bit of breaking news in Columbus.
Could the threat of moving the Crew to Austin be a harbinger of shitty things to come for the Rapids? The owners cite low attendance, but the Rapids sit even lower than Columbus in numbers. Remember: Only you can prevent our Rapids leaving town.
One last home stand and one last chance to end the dreams of our most bitter rivals.
The Rapids and we, the fans, must stand up and fight tooth and nail to keep the dreaded RSL from achieving a playoff spot. We must take them down The Highlands Way.
We also discuss that annoying little draw with Dallas and throw around a couple of theories as to why we never ever see Dillon Serna play anymore.
A tale of two games this week. A disappointing loss in Dallas last Wednesday put the Rapids right out of Playoff contention, rendering Saturday's unlikely victory over Montreal that much more pedestrian.
If there's a bright spot though, it's that we have managed to put a thorn in some sides and maybe we'll even get to take another contender kicking and screaming down with us.
Plus a Kevin Doyle Love-Fest Extraordinaire!
If the Rapids win at Dallas they continue on the road to the playoffs. But if they lose or tie and Houston doesn't lose to LA or Chicago beats San Jose but doesn't tie then the Rapids continue on the road to the playoffs.
So there you have it. There is a chance; albeit about 1 in 100,000. This week Colorado plays 2 games and the voice has opinions on them both.
Join in for some optimism...and...of course, some Harry Potter nonsense.
A home draw against a pretty good NYCFC last weekend has the cast pretty upbeat.
We discuss a valuable point and look forward to three more in Vancouver this coming Saturday.
Add to this some speculation into the future of the player and the head coach.
A surprise road win in Houston is but one of the highlights of our cast. After a quick bask in the glow of victory, we speak again with Centennial 38's own Patrick Quinn.
C38 and the Rapids Front Office had a meeting to discuss the future of the club and the relationship goals with C38 and fans at large. In his own words, Quinn came away feeling optimistic about the upcoming season.
Join us and hear about the FO's plans to reinvent the Colorado Rapids as a perennial cup competitor.
The Pids are reliable for one thing: Slump busting.
We went to LA knowing it was the last chance the Rapids had to grab a few dignity points and they lost. Badly. To a sucky Galaxy team.
This week we have a post mortem on a dead 2017. It's not officially over, but any playoff chances defy all logic going forward.
But enough about soccer. We welcome Juan Fernandez (@JuannersHD) and Patrick Quinn of C38 leadership to talk about the RSL away trip experience and Supporter's Culture.
With a road trip to Salt Lake City for game 2 of the Rocky Mountain Cup Race, the goal difference was upped to 4. Which means the cup is almost guaranteed to stay on the dark side of the Rockies.
We dissect the double losses to Portland in the Rose City and FSL in FSL City and wonder just what is there left to look forward to?
Answer: Nothing this season. But if it's always darkest before the dawn we have to ask ourselves if this is the darkest it can get? Have we finally hit bottom? Is there anyway to go up from here?
If there is it may just hinge on the next away trip to Los Angeles. If the Rapids have a prayer left it's against the slumping Galaxy.
Last weekend was the beginning of the post Pablo Epoch for the Colorado Rapids. While it didn't start the way we all had hoped it would, there were some noticeable differences in the team on the pitch.
This week we evaluate the interim Head Coach Steve Cooke and answer some of your twitter questions.
Pablo Mastroeni has been fired as head coach of the Rapids. Most of you, as with us, figured this day was coming.
We talk about the timing of the firing, the possible replacements and pontificate as to why the decision was made now. Especially after resigning a three year contract at the end of last season.
We welcome guests Marco Cummings of MLS and Jason Maxwell, Statistician in Chief of Centennial 38.
Math can be a bitch. The Rapids aren't officially mathematically eliminated but they're not riding on high hopes either. We find ourselves in this grey area of knowing the playoffs are out of reach, yet nagged by technical statistics.
It's time to be honest about this season, this team and this coach. The cast discusses starting (the wrong) players, the as-of-now disappointing transfer window. The application of Aigner (both how and when) and looks at the future without Kevin Doyle.
Well that wasn't so bad right? A draw with Toronto at BMO Field is not what anyone in the league expected but it is the result the Rapids got.
However, we think it's a bit early to be calling that game a sea change for the season <cough, Rapids, cough>. It's great to get a road point but let's be honest, it took half of the damn season to accomplish.
The question now is can the Rapids continue to show up to a match on the road? San Jose is up next and games there are always nasty and brutish. We're still hoping for widespread fitness to hit our A-squad but at this point, it may just be too damn late.
The Rapids have a new Gaffer. A Governor actually. Since the Rapids aren't announcing him, we decided we would; and try to figure out what the heck the Governor of a Soccer Club would even do.
This is intertwined with some airing of grievances towards the Rapids and their lack of media savvy. The Summer Transfer Window is half over and the Rapids have been as quiet as a mouse. We speculate a bit on life as a perennial disappointment and wonder what it would take to change our legacy for the future.
Then we wrap up this little International break by looking ahead to the incredibly daunting task of taking on Toronto at BMO Field. Toronto is unbeaten at home while the Rapids are winless on the road...so prognosis negative.
Tags: Colorado Rapids, DSGP, Major League Soccer, MLS, Centennial 38, C38
The Summer Transfer Window is open and the Colorado Rapids...have done nothing. But we're just a couple days in and we're all but promised some acquisitions this month.
Pablo himself told the Denver Post to expect two new players to don Burgundy. So we spend an hour or so speculating and analyzing positions that need attention.
In the end it's decided that we will settle for nothing less than Shakira and her husband, who I'm told plays for some small European club.
This episode has too many names for me to remember so tune in and see if you agree with us.
The Fourth of July has come and gone and with it, the majority of the Rapid's homegames.
With just 6 more homegames thru October, there is reason to believe the season is out of the frying pan and into the fire.
The Rapid's abysmal road record (0-7-0) extrapolated over the next few months tells us that we will be lucky to finish the season with points totaling in the mid-thirties. Which, going off last season, will ultimately put us near the bottom of the league when all is said and done.
We discuss the first half of the season and the Rapid's inability to ride out any momentum into a significant stretch. There is a lot to be said of the differences between the Pids vs. Houston and those same Pids vs. Seattle.
Will the break help the team get back on track and back to health? And what kind of surprises await in the upcoming summer transfer window?
In a way, all of us have an 'El Guapo' to face. For some, shyness may be their 'El Guapo'. For others, a lack of education may be their 'El Guapo'. For the Rapids, 'El Guapo' is a road game at any level of competition.
Three losses in 11 days, and two more games this week all culminating in the birthday of our nation. A day the Rapids traditionally do very well at home (even in very bad years).
But this team is riddled with injuries upon injuries and those that remain standing have to be getting exhausted.
This week we do our best to keep the analysis positive as we look at the Texas-sized competition coming to the Dick in the next seven days.
Then we find some much needed respite from the painful world of bottom table soccer and talk so wizarding world of Harry Potter. Austin, King Potter-head, treats us to a quiz in honor of the 20th anniversary of the "Sorcerer's Stone"
Another weekend, another come from behind mind bender.
This team seems to have finally found their groove and he goes by the name of Mo Saeid. We have an interview with Marlon Hairston who, along with Alan Gordon, has much praise for number 90. And the MLS has noticed too that Saeid just may be the man to fill our vacated leadership role.
It's a quick turn on another midweek event at the Dick as the Colorado Rapids host the L.A. Galaxy at home before moving on to their first attack on Tara.
Atlanta United F.C. have had a very good inaugural year and have yet to be shut out at home. The Rapids, with Axel Sjoberg back in form and Tim Howard on guard are in prime shape to be that team to serve up the shutout.
Now that the Rapids have shown that they can indeed come from behind to win a game, we really wish they'd stop showing us that.
Somehow even when we win we do it in the most stress inducing way possible.
Anyway, on to new business! Colin Peterson joins us to talk all the happenings in Commerce City this week.
The USA vs Trinidad and Tobago game was held here at Dick's Sporting Goods Park as Mekeil Williams turns his loyalty against Tim Howard. The USMNT met the challenge and beat T&T 2-0 and Williams had a great showing for his country.
Then on to the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup game against Oklahoma City Energy (OKC Energy). On either side of halftime, it was an embarrassment to be down 2-0 to the USL side, but Pablo Mastroeni wove his Jerry Maguire-like magic and the burgundy boys rallied scoring an almost unheard of 3 goals (with 3 subs well placed subs!) to win the game at zero hour.
It's been a pretty big week in Colorado and it continues this weekend with the battle against Portland Timbers.
A big, ugly win on Saturday will carry us thru another week at the bottom of the tables, but how optimistic should we be about this week?
Very, if you ask us. Despite all the Rapids struggles; continuing this week with the suspension of Bobby Burling and the questionable fitness of Axel Sjoberg and Jared Watts; oh, and Tim Howard and Williams off galavanting around on international duty. The Columbus Crew will be coming to the Dick on the heels of a whomping 5-0 loss last weekend and a midweek game at home. We only hope they're as mentally exhausted as they will be physically drained when they reach altitude.
We also hear post match comments from Howard and Burling and we talk about "The Rant" laid out by Pablo. Do you think heart trumps stats? Mastroeni seems to.
Tags: Colorado, Rapids, Soccer, Centennial 38, C38, Denver, Football, Commerce City, Dick's Sporting Goods Park, MLS, Major League Soccer
Here's some comforting words for you: Soup, blanket, fireplace, woolen mittens.
Unfortunately, none of those have a damn thing to do with the current state of the Rapids.
We know it's hard to stay excited about a team that keeps missing opportunities and dropping points. It's frustrating to analyze a team that seems to be lacking any cohesion with a coach in "shoot-from-the-hip mode, but dammit, that's our job.
So buck up and pang-wangle. Show up on Saturday and cheer for your team. We will be.
Tags: Colorado Rapids, Sporting Kansas City, Major League Soccer, MLS, Denver, Commerce City, Soccer, Football