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Ives, the soccer-loving country does notice the problems surrounding the Colorado Rapids. Now to use the term 'dysfunctional' might be a bit unfair, although is does bring to the forefront some issues that the Rapids organization are being forced to deal with. Pablo Mastroeni has been our long-term captain and leader. If the Rapids are going to be successful next season, he needs to shoulder this team and lead us to the playoffs. Sure, Conor Casey, Omar Cummings, Colin Clark, Jamie Smith and Cory Gibbs could also do their part to making this team better, Pablo is the heart and soul of the Rapids. Gary Smith was hired last season after he lead the Rapids on an eye-opening run that almost landed us in the playoffs. This season, the Rapids started off strong and some might agree with me that the 3-0 loss in Seattle in mid June was the turning point of the season. Omar had a chance to make it 1-0 on the road with a PK but missed off the crossbar and Seattle found their rhythm. One needs to evaluate what really went wrong with the stretch of not winning 1 out of their last 7 games. Jeff Plush should step down from the Rapids organization and Stan Kroenke needs to be present at Rapids games. The guy owns the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, and continues to purchase shares in Arsenal. Colorado needs a playmaker in the midfield. Mehdi Ballouchy is not the answer and I agree that the trade that sent Kyle Beckerman to RSL was one of the biggest bone-headed moves that Fernando Clavijo did as manager. I have been a season ticket holder since last year and I will continue to have season tickets. I will support my club when they succeed and when they are mediocre. But, the excuse for the late season collapse this season rests on management, the players, and Gary Smith. Everyone needs to accept responsibility and their part of the blame. There are many soccer fans in Colorado and the majority need a reason to head up to DSG Park. Would a DP change that?? Possibly. Colorado also needs to cater to the die-hard football fans (soccer ultras). I am not talking about people that want to pick fights with RSL supporters, but stadium security need to lighten up when it comes to flagpoles. They STRICTLY enforce the 3 and 1/2 foot length on flagpoles which is ridiculous. We need to grow our supporters section and I feel that Rapids have kind of moved them in a corner. If one looks at Seattle, Toronto, DC United, Chicago, etc...the supporters are usually behind the goals or in DC's case, the entire 50 yard line section. The Rapids have the potential to be one of the best teams in the league. Gary Smith foolishly called out his players after the 3-0 loss in Salt Lake City when he should have at least shouldered most of the blame. Salt Lake ran circles around us and stole the Cup from us too. (We beat them 2-0 in April at home, then had a 1-1 draw away in late May). The fans are behind Gary Smith and most of the players (usually with the exception of Ballouchy as he usually gets verbal abuse from fans during games). I know I went on a rant, but the Rapids need some playmakers in the midfield, they need management that has soccer experience and hopefully people that have won silverware with past clubs. Finally, the Rapids need to change their marketing and sales strategies. Even though the stadium is not in downtown Denver, they should be getting at least 15,000 (out of a maximum 18,000) fans each game. RAPIDS TILL I DIE!!!!!
I will get to Dick's Sporting Goods Park early for the match! Rapids vs TFC on at 8:00 MST while the USMNT WCQ is on at 6:00 MST. GO RAPIDS!! GO USA!!!
Colorado Rapids are looking good right now. We bounced back from the heartbreaking loss at Toyota Park last week to shut out Houston Dynamo 1-0 at home yesterday. With TFC coming to the mile-high altitude, there should be no excuse to not come away with 3 points at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday. Now, the Rapids play away from home has been poor, and BMO Field is no easy place to play for the visiting clubs. Thankfully, another home and away is coming up with bottom-feeders San Jose Earthquakes. Rapids close the season with games at Kansas City, home to New England, and then away at FC Dallas and RSL. On of the easier schedules to close out domestic league play. GO RAPIDS!!!!!
As a rapids supporter, I am sad to see Ugo Ihemelu go...but Drew Moor is a decent defender. Our backline has been SOLID this year with Ihemelu, Cory Gibbs, Julian Baudet, and Scott Palguta. Kosuke Kimura and Jordan Harvey have also been pretty consistent this year. Overall, I hope Moor can make an impact and I question the trade coming when Colorado doesn't really have too many defensive problems barring the meltdown in Chicago last week and the lopsided loss to Seattle in late June at Qwest. Offense was halted against Houston yesterday, but Baudet made a great play! GO RAPIDS!!!!!!