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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 pregame every week. We are the fan's perspective and the voice of every Rapids supporter across the globe.
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May 24, 2018
Its all a blur. Brendan and Austin attempt to make sense and find the positives in the 4-0 shellacking in New York City - quick how many conclusions and positives did they find? With the Pids on a 5 game skid the rash has now become a full blown infection and the crew wonders how long do we wait before surgery. Basically how long do we get to see the same thing from the team without changing anything? Did Brendan find a silver lining out at training? Portland comes to town this week; like NYCFC they are on a hot streak and the boys are willing it to the universe for three points.
May 17, 2018

Grab your floaties! Its a liferaft as Dr. Voice and DrunkenMonk attempt to decypher the loss to NYRB; even more so that offsides call. There is some chat about training and an Aigner sighting. Where are the tempers of the fans as the Rapids go to NYCFC to attempt what not other team has done so far this season - Win at yankee Stadium.

May 9, 2018

C38 came, saw the Rapids lose and now we have to discuss it. This week the crew tries to flexSeal the fan base as patience begins to wear thin with a Rapids losing streak on hand. Then, the crew paddles forward to discuss NYRB coming to DSGP.

May 3, 2018

All this yellow makes us want to yell, yo!
Between the yellow team and yellow cards the burgundy boys could not bag three points from the purple people eaters that are Orlando City SC.


Tim Howard making an appearance at the C38 tailgate proved to be the highlight of the day as the crew touches on what it took to get the Captain out there and on mic with Brendan and Brian.


Finally; C38 is busing it to Sporting KC this weekend and are taking Colin and Austin with them.

Apr 30, 2018

Voice of C38 interviews the Secretary Of Defense Tim Howard at the C38 Tailgate on 4.29.18. Two years of work coming to fruition. 

Apr 26, 2018

Colorado Rapids: U-came, U-saw, U-tahrded.

If there is a bright side to last week's game; and I'm digging deep here, it has to be this: This new team had nothing invested in the FSL rivalry...until now.

We relive the glory of the wins so it's only right that we make you relive the agony of defeats. And this one is bloody agonizing.

We talk tactics, positioning, players, all the usual stuff but with a darkness in our hearts as we fall oh so far behind in the Rocky Mountain Cup run.

But all is not lost. There is time to retake this advantage and we look forward to another home brunch this weekend when we face Orlando.

Come tailgate, come chant, just come support the Burgundy Boys with us.

 

Apr 18, 2018

Another triumph! This time a bit of retribution against a version of Toronto FC that is solely focused on the CCL tournament. 

We also saw Yannick Boli make his debut and the triumphant return of Mr. Shkelzen Gashi; and a goal to boot.

After a generous, and well deserved, bask in the post-coital bliss of another home win, we move on to the weekend: FSL Away.

Jack Price now has 4 yellow cards in 4 games. Should coach turn the bull loose in the china shop and let him get that 5th one in Salt Lake? Or should he ask him to behave for awhile? 

We say let the bull loose in the china shop!!!

Gear up for some good ol' fashioned rivalry as we pursue a long lost Rocky Mountain Cup!

Apr 11, 2018

The makeover year of 2018 is starting to develop into another troubling pattern. The Rapids are showing more offensive aptitude but continue to forfeit the win in the dying minutes of the match.

It's early days still, we know, but it's never too early to break a bad habit; especially when Goliath is coming to town.

As the Rapids host MLS reigning champions on Saturday, the fans and the team are desperate to show what the burgundy boys can do at home. We don't have the usual altitude advantage as Toronto comes to Denver straight from Mexico City on the high of a CCL Semifinal win and chance at more silverware...but we can't help but wonder if the Rapids have an altitude advantage after all.

If there is an advantage to playing Toronto FC right now, it might just be that their focus is on that CCL championship. And their MLS record thus far is testament to that.

Join us Saturday at the Dick and root the 'Pids on to a devastating victory over a likely beleaguered TFC.

Thanks for listening and #COYPids!

Apr 5, 2018

Holy Hat Trick Badj-man!

The new and improved Colorado Rapids came up with a huge win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday--And Dom Badji scored the Pids' first hat trick in 6 years.

This week we break down the transformation of the team from first half to second half. Can the Burgundy Boys meld into the type of team that can effectively adjust on the fly? Or will they always need the halftime pep talk to re-focus their efforts?

A couple of concerning injuries have us worried going into Frisco and we talk about short or long term replacements in the starting XI and can Serna finally get his chance to prove his worth...again?

Thanks for joining us at the MLS' Greatest Tailgate, and thank you, as always for tuning into the podcast.

 

Mar 28, 2018

Dammit!

An early lead blown in stoppage. Why am I telling you that, you were there. What went so wrong for the Rapids last weekend? Was it mentality? Fitness? Mis-subbing? Bad Reffing?

Whatever you think the answer is...so do we. And we continue to wait for what we were promised.

Join us this week for an in depth, no nonsense dissection of the COLvSKC.

We can be critical, we can be accepting of a consolation point, but we have to gear up for another home game as we host those SOBs from Philly on Saturday. Let's speculate on starting 11 and injury updates.

Thank you for joining us again this week. Please follow us on all the mainstream social medias and tell a friend, yeah?

Mar 21, 2018

It's nearly game night and the Voice has a very game Knight as guest; Sir Richard Fleming, Play by Play Announcer of the Colorado Rapids.

We talk with Richard about the twisted road he followed to Colorado from England and how this American Life is treating him and his family.

If you've never had the pleasure of speaking with Richard, you are in for quite a treat for there aren't many more charming and witty as he. And he tells us about his unforgettable introduction to Centennial 38.

Bidding Sir Rich adieu, we move on to the long awaited home opener for the 2018 season. Brendan has been to training and he and Brian have thoughts about the cementing of our starting 11. 

Colin will break down Sporting Kansas City's dubious start to the season and we pontificate on the Rapids ability to take advantage of their all-together not together defense.

Finally, a game of "KC Rapper or SKC Baller". Kansas City is home to a rather impressive amount of up and coming rappers. They bridge race lines (and talent) like their city bridges the mighty Missouri and inspire us with the love of their town. Play along as we try to guess who is a Kansas Rapper and who is a SKC player with an internet generated rap name. 

Thanks for joining the Voice and COYPIDS!!!

Mar 15, 2018

Just as March in Colorado is said to come in like a lamb and go out like a lion, we can only hope the Rapids season follows the same evolution.

The first game of 2018 wasn't a bad game-- It was an unlucky game. Without giving too much credence to the cosmic idea of "luck"; sometimes bad things just happen. That's football. That's sport. Hell, that's life.

The Rapids did show us the fruits of a short off-season of team building, and keeping that in mind, I don't think we can legitimately be angry with the result. We can just be angry AT the result.

Moving forward we look to another bye week and hope the upcoming Dick's debut is fireworks on the pitch.

There's another viable rumor to discuss out of China's Super League; could this be the veteran striker the Rapids have been missing (for faaaaaaar too long)?

Thanks for joining us for another week of Pidcasting. We can't wait to see everyone out on the 24th!! Go Pids!!!!

Mar 8, 2018

The MLS 2018 season has officially kicked off...for everyone but us (and Chicago too I guess).

What was supposed to be our home opening weekend fell by the wayside to make room for some preseason competition and we continue to feel the weight of the waiting.

We do have a road opener to look forward to though, and we are joined by Colorado Rapids Director of Communications, Ryan Madden to discuss the anticipated payoff of the Great Experiment.

Also joining us is C38 Grand High Poobah, Dave Wegner to discuss the season opener watch party.

The cast gives their predictions for the season writ large as we look at a hobbled New England team on Saturday.

Thanks for joining us again this week and please share the good word with any and all Rapids fans you know.

Cheers, CRTID!

Mar 2, 2018

The CONCACAF Champions League is done as far as the Rapids are concerned and the pundits are out to criticize all the changes they haven't paid any attention to over the off season.

Let's talk about Coach Hudson's CCL attitude and the offensive launched against him on twitter. Then, the MLS has come out with their first power rankings of the year and the Rapids land in the basement without much explanation.

But wait there's more! The MLS has also come out with its five most improved teams of 2018 and the Rapids, while having bolstered the roster in an unprecedented off season rebuild, DID NOT make that list either.

So bring your inferiority complex and join us for some reality for an hour or so. There's a lot to discuss as we look towards the beginning of the real campaign of 2018.

With Aigner and Nana out of the country in pursuit of their green cards, Brian and Matt chat about which Rapid they'd marry to expedite the process. 

Like us and subscribe on the podcatcher of your choosing. Contact us on social or email thevoiceofc38@gmail.com

COYP!

 

Feb 22, 2018

It was the best of soccer, it was the worst of soccer.

Alright that's a huge exaggeration but with all the tweets about "a tale of two halves", how could we not name the episode that?

There was a Rapids game on Tuesday. That's good.

It was against Toronto. That's bad.

The Rapids looked better than they have in two decades. That's good.

Toronto scored two unanswered goals. That's bad.

It was the coldest MLS game in history. That's good and bad.

If you were there you have yet another instance of bragging rights. Add this game, which has yet to be cleverly named, to Snow Classicos I and II to your badges of honor; you are the best fans in soccer.

So tune in and let's talk about what we saw in both those halves. A handful of starters mixed with some depth all still learning to gel as a team. The truly deep and self-delusional among us overwhelmingly chose to see the positives in this game.

Bottom line was the Rapids looked like a real professional soccer club that has finally risen up to the demands of the modern league.

And that's not nothing. 

 

Feb 14, 2018

Its the first game of the last games before the first game of the lesser competition!!!!

The Rapids finally have a preseason game to talk about. One against Sporting AZ FC that we weren't allowed to watch. They did however manage 9 unanswered goals in a 120 minute route with a couple of braces. Well done.

There's been some more movement with the newbies and a new rumor, again, out of England as our striker dreams inch ever closer to the end of time...until the summer window.

The new kit is out and all the cool kids like it. We talk sharpness vs. dynamicism and would we buy one or not.

Colin's Corner reminds us of Toronto's 2017 might and what the Pids will be facing in their CCL leg one match on Tuesday.

Then, naturally...CCL talk. It's called a segue people. 

Feb 9, 2018

We went, we played...we lost. Twice.

We know pre-season results don't matter but can't they not matter with a win once in a damn while?

We talk about what we saw from Casa Grande--it ain't much. And we talk a bit about what we hope the team and coaches got out of the results.

We pull out a list of all the strikers that turned us down for the prom and, as hope springs eternal, we glean positives from the thundering silence we still hear from a few.

This brings out the skeptic in Colin and he gets piled on by the entire cast and live-stream audience for his lack of faith in the squad.

Finally, we wrap up the "I Shall Return" segment with Austin's dissertation on why he returns to the Dick thru hell and highwater...and always will.

Feb 1, 2018

A day shy of the first Rapids preseason scrimmage. But since we can't see it anyway, we speculate like hell about what the possible starting lineups could look like.

But why stop there? With so much new talent and so many unknown (to us) new puzzle pieces, why not take the speculation all the way into open cup too.

Part 2 of the VoC38 Children's Classic "How I Spent My Offseason" pays homage to the anniversary of Poe's "The Raven".

And Colin is up to bat with his installment of why he shall return a season ticket holder for another year.

Jan 24, 2018

Training is here, preseason is over; and just as quickly as they arrived, the Rapids are off to Arizona for some preseason workouts.

The Front Office, though, has been hard at work all thru the winter. The MLS Superdraft occurred last weekend and the Pids snagged some promising young talent; three forwards, a mid, a defender and that third goalie we've been hankering for.

Colin compares stats for Tommy Smith against our existing defenders (and he comes out very well). 

Part one of the Voice's new children's book series "How I Spent My Offseason" and Brendan's reason for renewing season tickets.

Thanks for joining us once again and GO PIDS!

Jan 18, 2018

The MLS Super Draft begins this weekend and the Rapids are in Philadelphia to do a bit of shopping.

We are joined by Colorado Rapids Senior Director of Communications, Ryan Madden for an update on what the F.O. is looking to accomplish this draft and the preseason to follow.

As we wait impatiently for the training camp to commence on Monday, we look at the newest rumors. Ola Kamara seems to have come and gone in the span of a few days when the rumor of his acquisition was quashed by reports he's looking for a club a bit more wet around the edges.

Romanian brute striker Claudiu Keseru, on the other hand, is still a viable option. We take a dive into his stats and learn that while he has moved around quite a bit, he's always been able to find his feet wherever he lands. He could be the big beautiful thug in front of goal that we've been looking for since Conor Casey left the Dick.

Thanks for joining us for another exciting week of wild speculation and dream-daring.

Jan 10, 2018

So much to talk about this week. The Rapids announced two new players, the long rumored wing back; the key to Marlon Hairston's lock, USMNT alum Edgar Castillo and Wolverhampton Wanderers' Jack Price.

Revealed in epic fashion--affirming the Rapids new found fan-centrism Centennial 38 were out in numbers to welcome the dynamic duo to their new home on the streets of downtown Denver.

Marlon Hairston has FINALLY been called up to the U.S. National team camp in California and we couldn't be more proud.

Finally, the full season schedule has come out so we discuss future roadies and dream trips.

Thanks for joining the VoC38 this week. Cheers to a great upcoming season!

Jan 4, 2018

It's a new year and Rapids Nation is pumped. In just over a month a new endeavor in Rapids soccer resumes and a new legacy is born.

In this year-opener we return with an explanation of Stefan Aigner's sojourn back to Germany to train with Bundesliga's Hoffheim and all the benefits he can bring back for the CCL competition.

Matt's excited about his favorite Christmas gift--A first run hoody for new San Diego USL team 1904 FC--and tells the cast about the epic troll job they pulled on the league.  Without spoiling the story I'll just say that this episode was very nearly called "A Whale's Vagina".

We talk some light rumor stuff and then start our series "I Shall Return".  Matt explains what drives him to renew his season tickets every year and challenges Brian to follow suit next week.

Colin busts out some stats comparing the 2010 MLS Cup Champion Colorado Rapids with every team to win the trophy since. How does our legacy compare? And why is there an asterisk next to our name?

Come hang with us and kick off a promising 2018!

Dec 21, 2017

Tuesday was a very busy day in Rapidville. The CCL draw sets us up against reigning MLS Champions Toronto FC. Is this a suspicious matchup? Some say so.

Following that Coach Cooke announced his departure as he accepted the head gaffer gig in OKC. How will his absence affect the rebuilding of the Rapids?

We look at Rapids newcomers Covey and McBean, and Colin's Corner pits Jack McBean against Caleb Calvert.

Dec 14, 2017

This week the MLS' Soccer Don announced an additional $2.8 Million in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) available across the board in MLS.

If you're like me, you're satisfied with large quantities of seemingly free cash. If, on the other hand, you're like Colin, you want to know where that money comes from, what it's used for and all the gory details about strategic allocations.  Did I say 'gory'? I meant 'boring'.

So strap yourself in and learn all you never knew you didn't realize you didn't need to know about the confounding world of Major League Soccer high finance.  

This episode gives new meaning to the phrase "ignorance is bliss".

I think there's something in here about an expansion draft or something too.

Dec 1, 2017

The Colorado Rapids held the official press conference with new Head Coach Anthony Hudson. Brian and Brendan were able to attend the event and are here to tell you about it. 

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