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Voice of C38

This is the official podcast of the official supporters group for the official Major League Soccer Team in Colorado: the Rapids. We talk about the Rapids results and roster pre-game every week. We are the fan's perspective and the voice of every Rapids supporter across the globe.
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Sep 20, 2017

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.

 

Sep 14, 2017

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.

Slainte.

Sep 6, 2017

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.

Aug 30, 2017

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. 

Aug 23, 2017

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.

Aug 16, 2017

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.

Aug 9, 2017

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.

 

Jul 26, 2017

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.

Jul 19, 2017

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

Jul 12, 2017

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.

 

Jul 6, 2017

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?

 

Jun 28, 2017

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"

 

 

Jun 21, 2017

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.

Jun 15, 2017

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.

May 31, 2017

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

May 24, 2017

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

May 17, 2017

Believe it or not, Pablo broke from stubborn form to try a more offensive 4-4-2 formation; and the results were tremendous.

The Rapids finally delivered a performance worthy of the home fans by drubbing the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 on Saturday. Gashi showed up big in his long awaited return to form scoring a brace.

With two road games this week, can the Rapids hold onto that feeling? Will the 4-4-2 show again? How do you distribute starters between the two games without risking exhaustion?

We talk about all this, plus an exclusive post match interview with Dillon Powers in this week's hastily published Voice of C38 Podcast! Go Pids!

May 10, 2017

The weight of the league is on top of the Rapids now that they have hit the rock bottom of the table.

A disappointing loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps last week coupled with a stellar 3-nil win for Philadelphia has left us alone at the bottom of the league with hopes of a win just to boost us up to a tie for dead last.

Pablo Mastroeni continued his experimental starting lineup while continuing to avoid experimentation with formations, but you think how you think about that. Tim Howard returned from his 3 game suspension and put on a typical Howard-esque performance, unfortunately a single unanswered Brek Shea shot made its way thru the sticks.

We'll talk about how the Rapids can possibly keep their morale up now that so many of the players have sunk to unfamiliar depths.  We next face a middle of the road team in the San Jose Earthquakes. Can our legendary defense stand up against still-stellar Wondo and Co.? 

May 3, 2017

The Rapids went East. The Rapids went down. The Rapids are bottom bound.

The Voice cast took a road trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and that was the high point of their trip.

They were also able to sneak in a Rapids game after applying Butter Beer to their Hog Warts.

By design, this trip was a fan experience and the guys talk about the Orlando fan experience: The good, the bad and the Voldemortean...(is that a thing? I don't know Harry Potter)  

Of course you can take the Rapids fans out of Colorado but you can't take the Colorado out of the Rapids fans; so there will be match analysis. From a surprising lineup change to a reasonable use of subs, this game almost appeared to be our shot at getting back in MLS contention.  Alas, despite the heroics of Zac MacMath the Pids fell to the Lions a devastating 2-0 in the sweltering Florida heat.

Apr 26, 2017

The wind is out of the sails, but it's far from time to burn the boat.

Ok. We can all appreciate that things have taken an unexpected and unwanted turn to the Rapids of yore, but it's still early days and we have a lot of guys out of the equation.

This week we are joined by Colin Peterson (@TheAceArbiter) to gnaw on the loss to Minnesota over the weekend and look forward to a trip to sunny Orlando; for the team and for most of the Voice Cast.

Orlando is a strong team this year and it'll be hard for the Rapids to regroup against Cyle Larin and Company.

Tags: Major League Soccer, MLS, Centennial 38, C38, Colorado, Rapids, Denver, Commerce City, MNUFC, Minnesota United FC, Orlando, Soccer

Apr 19, 2017

A devastating late loss to rivals RSL, ending our home unbeaten streak, and falling behind in the race for the Rocky Mountain Cup has the old faithfuls dusting off familiar hashtags.

Some of us, on the other hand, recognize bad luck as part of the game.  But still...did it have to be to RSL?

We talk about the personnel issues facing the locker room. The all-to-rushed integration of new young players has left the team 11 strangers on a pitch.  Can this team find their leader? Or will they spend the season a pack of dogs without an alpha.

 

Key Words: Major League Soccer, MLS, Denver, Colorado, Rapids, Centennial 38, C38, RSL, Real Salt Lake, Rocky Mountain Cup, MNUFC, Minnesota United FC, Bismarck Adjei-Boateng, Marlon Hairston, Kevin Doyle

Apr 12, 2017

We finally got a taste of the post Cronin/Burch era Rapids and boy-howdy was it sour.  So we're left feeling a bit confused; a bit unsure; a bit betrayed.

There are rumors swirling around out there that this may be another rebuilding year. Which means our agony may be prolonged. And without any comfort from the Rapids FO, we can only speculate on what the hell Pablo's grand vision is.

After a good 40 minutes on Sporting Kansas City, we find the strength to look ahead to this weekend and the first leg of this year's Rocky Mountain Cup.

We're not terribly optimistic but this trophy may just be our everything this year.

Tags: Major League Soccer, MLS, Colorado Rapids, Centennial 38, C38, Denver, Commerce City, Soccer, Footy, Football, Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Rocky Mountain Cup, RMC, Fake Salt Lake

Apr 5, 2017

With another week off we start off the show discussing the best MLS action of the weekend.  The Loons got their first ever pro win against the hated Real Salt Lake, which still tastes pretty sweet to us.  LA blew a lead, JJ carded again and Houston slaughters the Red Bulls.

But enough of those other guys! This weekend sees the Rapids back at the dance with a roadie along the 39th parallel to SKC on Sunday.

Our record against the Possum Trotters has been good, winning the last 4 meetings, but this game will see some pretty important personnel changes.

For starters Burch and Cronin have gone over to the grey side and Dom Dwyer's cryptonite--Axel--is still out with injury.  

However, this could be the start of a more offensive Rapids team and the game that gets this season right back on track.

 

Tags: Colorado, Denver, Rapids, Soccer, Commerce City, Jermaine Jones, Sporting KC, Major League Soccer, MLS, Centennial 38, C38

Mar 29, 2017

The Colorado Rapids are on an early season hiatus, and The Voice of C38 is in the Doldrums.

While we wait for more match action we discuss the best and worst stadiums in Major League Soccer.  Where have we traveled, where have we lived, and where do we plan to go next?

We examine Minnesota United's return to form over the weekend and wonder if it truly will be just the Rapids who can't shake 3 points out of this disaster of a team.

Plus Matt jumps on the bandwagon for SHB Da Nang FC of Vietnam's League 1. Go fighting Han River Team!!!!!

Mar 22, 2017

The Colorado Rapids are Jesus.  Because they raised Minnesota United FC from the dead.

If you're still reeling from the fever dream that was a home draw with the Loons, then you'll fit right in with this podcast.

With guest Marco Cummings from Mile High Sports and MLS we try to find some optimism...like being Jesus-like. Then we try to justify the draw with a team that has given up 13 goals in three games (you have to go back 11 games to get that number from the Rapids). Alas, there's not many answers to the now age-old question of "what's wrong with the Rapids' offense", but no shortage of speculation.

We'll talk about seeing Boateng for the first time and who should really be in that number 10 role.

Now the doldrums of three bye weeks...

 

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