The Full 90 – Quakes vs Rapids observations…

Some observations from the match Saturday night against the Quakes. Good effort overall by the boys, statistically they were the better team on the night. They created some chances, were more aggressive and it looked as though they had a good week of practice leading up to the game. They still need to tighten up on defense some more, but certainly an improvement over the previous few games. It figures that the two teams with similar winless streaks would end this match in a tie. Both the Quakes and Rapids are now winless in their last 10 matches.

It was good to see Gaby Torres get the start up top with Deshorn Brown, this has been long overdue. I actually like the substitution in the second half of Sanchez in for Powers. I’m sure Sanchez would love to start every match as any player would, but I like it when he comes off the bench and immediately this team gets a much needed spark going forward. Joe Nasco in net was a huge surprise as earlier in the week it was hinted or suggested that Irwin looked like he might get the start going into the weekend.

The attendance was actually better than I expected it to be considering the Rapids freefall the last 2 months and hosting a team like the Quakes doesnt necessarily guarantee a huge turnout, unless hecking Wondolowski is on your to-do list for the evening.

Three points were there for the taking for the Rapids, but I’m still left wondering why there was so much stoppage time at the end of the match. Regardless or not, the Rapids need to continue to play until the whistle is blown. Better job this week Rapids, now let’s see what we can do against Seattle on Sunday. Go Rapids!

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Things that make you go WTF?!!…

Someone is Rapids-land or Sounders-land is smoking on some good shit. And considering that both cities are in states that have legalized marijuana, it’s quite possible. Take a look at these ticket prices I found on SeatGeek.com today for this Sunday’s match against the Sounders. Click on picture to enlarge. Yes you’re seeing it right! $524.00 each for tickets in section 128, row 5.

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Seeing Dempsey doesn’t command that kind of price tag, I dont care what the match is. I’m sure these ticket prices will be going down as the match gets closer.

UPDATE – Tonight (Tuesday evening), the tickets were gone

Ch ch changes… MLS to introduce new league crest in 2015

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Whoa! Who saw this coming?! And why?!

MLS announced this morning that this will be the new crest for the league in 2015 going forward. And to go along with this will be different colors of the crest with the teams colors for each team in the league.

I understand updating the league crest after 20 years, as I was never really a fan of the cleat and ball logo, but it served the league well for 20 years. But really this is the best they could come up with? Who got paid for this and how much? Because I need to change careers!

I like that they simplified the look, but that’s about it. The empty white space bothers me greatly, couldnt they have stuck something there too? The 3 stars only remind of the leagues lust affair that it has with the Pacific Northwest in Vancouver, Seattle and Portland purely based on their location on the crest. The kickstand on the lower left, is that to symbolize league stability or something? I mean WTF?!!

What do you think of the new league crest?

Rapids choose Charlotte as USL Pro affiliate

logo8LBThe Colorado Rapids announced yesterday that their USL Pro affiliate will be the Charlotte Independence, pending league approval, which is but a formality and should happen. The Charlotte Independence with new ownership and will be new to USL Pro in 2015. Charlotte’s current USL Pro team the Charlotte Eagles will be moving down a division in the USL following this season. The crest shown for the Independence is one of a number that fans can vote on on their website www.charlotteindependence.com

 

The Full 90 – Rapids vs Timbers observations…

Just a few thoughts on the Rapids and some other observations from last night’s match.

Thank you soccer gods, the losing streak is finally over! Finally.

Officiating was questionable more times than not. I’m playing nice when I say that.

The Rapids overall looked better than they have since the losing streak started. It was great to see Shane O’Neill, and Kamani Hill back on the field.

I admit that earlier in the week the Colorado Rapids website stated the goal keeping position was up for grabs, I honestly didnt think Berner would get the start over Irwin. Irwin’s confidence hopefully hasnt been shaken, but you can understand why if that’s the case. The number 1 keeper has now not started in the teams last 3 games. It’s obvious Pablo is either truly searching for answers or playing mind games, or both, but we cant be sure which it is. Things become more intriguing the week ahead when Nasco is available to play again coming off his red card suspension. Who will Pablo give the start to this week?

Deshorn Brown in the second half was the most aggressive that we’ve seen him since early in the season. He’s still dangerous to opposing teams just stepping on the field, but I would like to see much more of the same intensity out of him. He and Vicente Sanchez have formed some chemistry when on the pitch together, but unfortunately Sanchez wasnt available for this game. Both Carlos Alvarez and Kamani Hill played well on the wings of the 4-5-1, hopefully this will bring the team some added success in the future.

Next up, the third leg of the Rocky Mountain Cup with Real Salt Lake. Even though Salt Lake has already claimed the cup for this season, there’s still plenty to play for in this game. Despite the level of intensity having fallen off in the rivalry, it’s still Salt Lake and the Rapids should be hungry to try and steal 3 points on the road. Which should make for an interesting and hopefully entertaining match Friday night.

With 6 games to go and 6 points out of a playoff spot, the Rapids can gain ground this week with a win at Salt Lake. Let’s go Rapids!!!

Throwback Thursday

Oh remember the days when we could create chances and capitalize?!
Oh remember the days when we could create chances and capitalize?! Photo credit – unknown

This is of course nothing against Deshorn Brown or Vicente Sanchez, but this duo above knew how to score! In 2010 Casey and Cummings scored 27 goals between them. Of course our midfield was better then too at moving the ball than today’s team. Of course that was also the year the Rapids won the MLS Cup.

Back on the Pitch!

We’re back! After a brief hiatus and some decision making. I have decided to give this another go. I will do my best to finish out the Rapids season on a strong note. As you can see there has been a name change and a theme change as well. “Footy With An Altitude” is now just simply, “The Burgundy Report”. The URL hasnt changed yet, but that will come soon.