The Full 90: Week 4 Rapids at Dynamo recap…

Week 4 and three games in and the winless streak now sits at 17 games.

The GOOD – There wasn’t rally much good about this game. Honestly of the three games so far this season this was the hardest to watch. Irwin was again great in net for the Rapids and the defense is the strongest 3rd of the team. 3 straight games without allowing a goal, no other team in MLS right now can say that.

The BAD – Shots were down this week to only 6 for the game, compared to 21 the week before. Still no goals scored on the season.

The UGLY – The winless streak continues. The top third cant find the back of the net, but give credit to the Dynamo keeper Tyler Deric.

Rapids are home next weekend against the New England Revolution, Saturday April 4th at 5pm.

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Standings after Wk 3 (single table)…

Here is what the league looks like after week 3.

CLUB PTS W L D GF GA GD
FC Dallas 9 3 0 0 6 1 5
San Jose Earthquakes 6 2 1 0 5 4 1
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 6 2 1 0 3 3 0
LA Galaxy 5 1 0 2 5 3 2
New York City FC 5 1 0 2 3 1 2
New York Red Bulls 4 1 0 1 3 1 2
Orlando City SC 4 1 1 1 2 2 0
Houston Dynamo 4 1 1 1 2 2 0
Seattle Sounders FC 3 1 1 0 5 3 2
Columbus Crew SC 3 1 1 0 2 1 1
Toronto FC 3 1 1 0 3 3 0
Portland Timbers 3 0 0 3 2 2 0
DC United 3 1 1 0 1 2 -1
Real Salt Lake 2 0 0 2 3 3 0
Colorado Rapids 2 0 0 2 0 0 0
Philadelphia Union 2 0 0 2 3 5 -2
Sporting KansasCity 2 0 1 2 2 4 -2
Montreal Impact 1 0 2 1 0 1 -1
New England Revolution 1 0 2 1 0 5 -5
Chicago Fire 0 0 3 0 1 5 -4

First tiebreakers are goal differential. Second tiebreakers are total goals(goals for). Third tiebreakers are road goals.

My single table standings differ slightly from the Supporters Shield standings on the MLS website due mostly to the different tiebreakers used.

F.C. Dallas holds on to the top spot win their 3rd win of the season and also have the largest goal differential with 5. New England has the largest negative goal differential with -5.

The Fire who remain winless at 0-3-0 drop to the 20th spot from 19th.

Of the seven teams with a zero goal differential, the Rapids are the only team to have not allowed a goal.

The Full 90: Week 3 – New York City F.C. at Rapids recap…

Saturday was a gorgeous day for the Rapids home opener as they took on one of the leagues newest clubs in New York City F.C. Dick’s Sporting Goods Park was sold out to witness the new look Rapids and NYCFC’s David Villa and US International Mix Diskerud. My thoughts on the game below.

New C38 Tifo

The GOOD – Defensively the Rapids were solid, especially in the first half. They were physical. Sjoberg didnt back down from David Villa and for most of the game frustrated him, limiting his touches. Keeper Clint Irwin was again solid with his second clean sheet this season. Offensively the Rapids outshot their opponent 21 to 9.

The BAD – Despite 21 shots(7 on goal), the Rapids were unable to find the back of the net.

The UGLY – Winless streak is now at 16.

Synopsis – Despite not scoring a goal yet in the first two games, the offensive attack showed great improvement. the Rapids had 19 more shots than they did in week 1. The 4-2-3-1 formation is working well so far 2 games in. The attacking midfield combination of Powers, Torres and Sanchez looked great. Very impressed with the play of Cronin and Pittinari as well in the back half of midfield. Does Drew Moor remain the captain when he returns? Sjoberg and the back line made few mistakes, kept NYCFC’s attackers off balance. Two games in, 2 points. Remember it could be lot worse. Overall grade – B

Rapids ink Doyle…

Kevin DoyleThe Rapids have signed Irish international and Wolverhampton striker Kevin Doyle on a free transfer to a 2.5 year contract that will begin July 1st. Their is a club option for 2018. Full story here.

Doyle currently with Wolverhampton will finish out the season there in hopes of getting them back into the Premier League before joining the Rapids. Doyle is the Rapids 3rd Designated Player in team history, the second such signing this year, earlier signing Juan Ramirez in February as a Young DP.

Welcome Kevin Doyle!

Rapids land new kit sponsor in Transamerica…

The Rapids now have a new kit sponsor going into the home opener this Saturday against NYCFC. Full story here.

Transamerica replaces Ciao Telecom as the new sponsor, signing on for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Ciao Telecom had a 5 year deal as the team’s first ever kit sponsor and was taken to court by the Rapids for missed payments after last season.

Good job landing a new sponsor Rapids.

Welcome Transamerica!

Brown transfer to Vålerenga now official…

Deshorn Brown
Deshorn Brown

Rapids striker Deshorn Brown will be scoring goals for Oslo side, Vålerenga now as the transfer was made official today by the club. Full story here.

Brown scored 20 goals in his two seasons (62 appearances) with the Rapids.

Not included in those would be the 3 goals he scored against Orlando City in the US Open Cup match last season at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Best of luck Deshorn, thanks for the memories!

Standings after Week 2 (single table)…

I just decided to do this as another way to look at the standings each week in MLS. Feel free to compare my single table to the normal 2 conference table. Here is a look at what the league looks like after week 2.

CLUB PTS W L D GF GA GD
FC Dallas 6 2 0 0 4 1 3
LA Galaxy 4 1 0 1 4 2 2
New York City FC 4 1 0 1 3 1 2
Orlando City SC 4 1 0 1 2 1 1
Seattle Sounders FC 3 1 1 0 5 3 2
Columbus Crew SC 3 1 1 0 2 1 1
DC United 3 1 0 0 1 0 1
Toronto FC 3 1 1 0 3 3 0
San Jose Earthquakes 3 1 1 0 3 3 0
Houston Dynamo 3 1 1 0 1 1 0
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3 1 1 0 2 3 -1
Philadelphia Union 2 0 0 2 3 3 0
Real Salt Lake 2 0 0 2 3 3 0
New York Red Bulls 1 0 0 1 1 1 0
Portland Timbers 1 0 0 1 2 2 0
Colorado Rapids 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Sporting KansasCity 1 0 1 1 2 4 -2
Montreal Impact 0 0 1 0 0 1 -1
Chicago Fire 0 0 2 0 0 3 -3
New England Revolution 0 0 1 0 0 3 -3

First tiebreakers are goal differential. Second tiebreakers are road goals.

Deshorn Brown to Norway?..

Is Deshorn Brown on his way out? Daniel Boniface of the Denver Post is reporting that according to a report out of Norway that Brown could be headed to Norway’s first division Tippeligaen club, Vålerenga out of Oslo.

Full story here.

Does this speed up the Rapids possible acquisition of Kevin Doyle from Wolverhampton, or is another forward on the way?

Rapids create soccer specific business degree…

On Wednesday the Colorado Rapids and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs announce the collaborative creation of a soccer specific business management degree, the first of it’s kind in the country.

Full story here.

It’s good to see the Rapids take the lead and the initiative in another aspect to further grow the sport.

Good job Rapids and UCCS!