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Out of those four? Williams. Having someone who is on the radar of the USMNT system is a good thing, I believe, as I like the direction in which Klinsmann wants to take the system. Someone who is on board with that program is just the kind of person we'd like to see in Colorado. I thought Dooley would have been a good choice as well, but we've gone back and forth on this. If he's not in the running, then I would pick Williams.
What about Drew Moor? Broke the ironman record this year previously held by Peter Vermes. Wasn't he the highest rated player on the Opta Castrol index for the Rapids this year? Plus, he's just a swell guy.
Toggle Commented Nov 10, 2011 on SBI's 2011 MLS Best XI at Soccer By Ives
If you'd asked me this same question a week ago I'd have a totally different answer. The goal that the Rapids made happen against a very conservative Crew defense was a piece of beauty. Mullan's pass was great, Kimura made a fantastic cutting inside overlapping run, Folan pulled two defenders with him to leave Cummings with all the space he needed to place the shot. The Rapids really took it to the Crew and the game was a lot more exciting than I thought it was going to be. What wasn't mentioned in the article is that Jamie Smith is now out with a knee injury after playing what was one of the best games I've seen him play since the start of the season. That being said, the encouraging play that I saw yesterday is indicative that this team could make a deep run. I'm going all in. What the hell, right?
Colorado has been labeled as a thug team. It's something we've had to deal with over the past few years. And really it has nothing to do with the numbers, or the "style of play", or whatever else people are saying. It really just comes down to popular perception. Rapids take a beating, and then when they deal out one hit, fans are quick to jump all over it as evidence of their already set perspective. It's a classic example of using evidence to justify an already set prejudice. Kind of like Climate Change deniers. I've come to embrace the "thug" label. #RapidsThugLife gets plastered over Twitter on occasion. The "thug" meme has become an inside joke with a lot of the fans of Colorado.
Rapids fan here. I really only watch Rapids/Crew matches for the result. They aren't exciting affairs simply because I think the two teams are so similarly constructed. So if it's not on Fox Soccer, I'm not too upset. I pay more attention to the regular season "rivalry" games. I heard that Crew fans have started to regard Rapids as a "rival" club. I don't see the rivalry, personally. Rapids' rivals are (according to fan perception), in order: RSL, Dallas, and Seattle. Dallas and Seattle sometimes change places depending on who you ask. So there's not that interest there for me either.
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