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23 February 2:48 pm

If they were league games, the Colorado Rapids would lie on two points from three matches, having scored three goals but conceded five.

But this is preseason, and the team is building, learning and growing. Indeed, it is growing in knowledge, understanding and personnel.

Nine new players have joined the Rapids since the end of last season, and that in itself can take a wee while to work up a head of steam and travel at full tilt.

Already, though, fans will have witnessed enough from the three displays thus far to be heartened, with the 2015 campaign less than two weeks away.

Is this a side capable of lifting trophies this year? Who knows. One thing's for sure, this will be a much tougher team to break down in 2015, having toughened up the brittle spine which looked so fragile last season once the likes of Shane O'Neill, Drew Moor and then Jared Watts sustained injuries, and with the classy midfielder Jose Mari playing just 20 of the 34 games. Vicente Sanchez (17 appearances) was also limited in his game time.

As Drew Moor regularly tells me, the age of the more youthful players should no longer be something we make a song and dance about, as all are proven at this level and experienced enough for us to label them as simply 'good players', as opposed to 'good, young players'.

So, the Rapids already had good players. In adding Sam Cronin, Bobby Burling, Marcelo Sarvas, Michael Harrington and Zac MacMath, the team has acquired experienced players. And within that group, they have also brought in - shall we say - a competitive streak that the team may have lacked in recent times.

Off the field, you couldn't meet nicer guys than the Rapids players. In the past, they'd also been accused of being nice guys on the field as well. I think it's fair to say, that won't be the case this year. And that's not to suggest the team will be ill-disciplined, but they won't be pussycats either.

Caleb Calvert has all the tools to become a very good striker. He's yet to make his MLS debut, having spent time at Chivas USA, but this teenager is eager to learn and improve ... and he will.

Of the other new arrivals, Axel Sjoberg has settled in nicely. The six foot seven inch Swede emerged from the SuperDraft, and has not looked out of place in games pitting him against the likes of Dom Dwyer, Charlie Davies and Juan Agudelo.

Two Argentines have been added to the roster since the turn of the year, and what great signings they appear to be. Lucas Pittinari could run all day. Not only does he have a great engine, but he has superb vision as well as the ability to stop opposition forays in their tracks.

And last, but by no means least, there is 21-year-old young DP, Juan Ramirez. He is the most recent addition, having officially signed on February 20. From what we've seen in the short amount of time, this is a player who will give opposing defenders nightmares. He's slight, slippery and skillful, and able to operate on either flank.

Nine new signings, in a side that has played just three preseason games against MLS opposition (they also played UNLV in a warm-up to their warm-ups). Most of preseason for 2015 is now behind us. Two games remain, against FC Tucson and an as yet unknown opponent, before the serious stuff starts on March 7, away at Philadelphia Union (kickoff 2 p.m MT, Altitude).

A recent report suggested that the Rapids were rank outsiders for MLS Cup, at 50-1. In other words, there are those who feel this side will be the whipping boys. Some would say that's fair considering the woeful end to 2014, but that's lazily looking at past failings rather than the present position.

MLS is full of sides that have endured shocking seasons, only to tinker, rebuild and emerge stronger. This is undoubtedly a stronger Rapids side. Only time will tell whether it has the ability to match what D.C. United managed in 2013 or New England achieved in 2014, but rather than throw a temper tantrum and leap on soccer forums to put people in the picture, just sit back and smile quietly to yourself. We don't want to spoil the element of surprise.

08 September 4:25 pm

Written by Special Olympics Colorado Athlete, Vince Egan

I was proud to represent the Rapids Unified Soccer Team in LA! The trip was so much fun. I felt honored to play with my team, such an awesome group of people. In addition to playing our game, I loved our trip to the beach and hanging out with my teammates. My only regret was there weren't enough donuts! It was a tough loss but I would love to go again I really want to get my first goal!

27 June 3:37 pm

Hashtags on social media are a way for people with similar interests to share those interests by engaging in a conversation with each other. The Colorado Rapids hashtag is #Rapids. As a simple Twitter search of the hashtag shows, the conversation around #Rapids is a good mix between kayakers and soccer fans but it is not a place where Rapids fans can go to find a conversation that is solely centered on Colorado Rapids soccer. So we want to change that. And we want your help. We have a list of possible new hashtags and we’d like to hear your opinions. The hashtag with the most votes will be adopted as the club’s official hashtag.

Options are:

#Rapids96
#COYRapids
#CR96
#CORapids

Tell us what you like and dislike about each or offer up one of your own. Comment below, tweet at us, or post on Facebook. One lucky commenter will be chosen (at random) to win a pair of tickets to a future Rapids game. Let’s hear it!

P.S. #RapidsThugLife is not eligible to become the club's official hashtag.

18 June 10:09 am

(A selection of Colorado Rapids U-13s is in Costa Rica participating in the Saprissa Cup. The kids, ranging from 10-13 years-old, provide updates from their trip).

By Connor, Cal, and Hank

We started out at about 3:00 pm on the bus that was going to take us to the game. It was fun to look at all of the neat things on the streets of Costa Rica that you wouldn ́t be able to see in America like the food stands and all of the people out and about.

Once we arrived at the fields, we headed into our own locker room which was really cool! We got changed into our warm up stuff, used the bathrooms, and then headed out for our warm up which was SUPPOSED to be on the field. The problem was though that some other little teams thought it was their day to practice on the field and so we decided to take the high road and let them have the field for a while. Once they had finally finished we went into the locker rooms and got dressed for the game.

Once the whistle blew the team we were playing, Belen, came out hot and we came out flat after not having our usual warm up. Belen got a quick goal in about the 10th minute to take the lead 1-0. The game dragged on for a long time in the first half with Belen controlling the game before Belen had a chance to really hit us with a dagger. They had a penalty kick. The tallest kid on the team who looked like his number 24 was actually his age came up and put the penalty where no professional could even save it. 2-0 was the score heading into halftime.

With a brief talk about defensive pressure, and substitutions with fresh legs, we were able to control the game in the second half, which was a total change from the way the first half went. In the 50th minute we had won a free kick from about 25 yards out and had Marco Rios ready to take it, and take it he did. He put the ball in the left side netting.

Our break-through had come and now we were fired up and on the scoreboard. 10 minutes later Marco Rios received a bouncing pass from the same left wing and took a quick turn shot from 17 yards out and put it in the same corner he had earlier. Now we had the momentum. We were dominating play, but one fast break for Belen off of a turnover and they put the ball in our corner of the net off of their break away. 3-2 was the final score and Belen had beaten us.

Even though it was an extremely tough loss for us, we never stay down long and there is absolutely no way that this is going to hold us back from reaching our full potential on this incredible trip.

04 June 12:05 pm

We've told you before about the three fans that come to just about every Colorado Rapids training. Allan, Mark, and Joan were obviously at the Rapids match against FC Dallas on Saturday. They, like I'm sure many Rapids fans, also felt that the FC Dallas players..um..maybe milked some of their falls in the match last weekend at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

So today they brought out this red flag with a white diagonal sash to training. As they explained to Oscar Pareja afterwards, much to Oscar's enjoyment, the flag is a Diving Flag which is used on boats to indicate that a diver is in the water. They brought it to present a bit of humor to the group following the recent draw.

The game saw 27 fouls, 14 called on Colorado and 13 on Dallas. But it appeared that, often, the Dallas players took much longer to get up from fouls (and sometimes were on the ground without a call). Well, clearly these fans didn't think there was contact on many of the plays.

20 May 2:05 pm

This year’s marketing campaign emphasizes our relationship with the state of Colorado. In addition to our new alternate uniforms, which feature the distinctive blue, red and yellow of the Colorado flag, our 2013 marketing campaign is centered on the pride people have in this state. The taglines “State of Mind” and “Colorado For Life” can be seen on billboards and advertisements in the area, and the Colorado flag can be seen on all our uniforms, on our field before the game, and in virtually everything we do.

Earlier this year we took our jerseys on a mini-caravan to some iconic Colorado locations to kick off the marketing campaign as well as #RapidsJersey week.  Now that the weather has changed, we took to the road again for another shoot and also to show the jerseys in a new light.   Here’s a sneak peek. Be on the lookout for more visuals and as usual #Colorado4Life.

22 February 9:13 am

Edson Buddle has only been with the Rapids a few weeks. But as a MLS and U.S. national team veteran, he's known some of his new teammates for some time, including Marvell Wynne. That has made the transition to the Rapids that much easier, as evidenced by the fact that Marvell trusted Edson to give him a new haircut.

On the right is what Marvell looked like at the start of preseason camp. On the left, a few weeks in when he saved his head before the group went to Vegas.

Apparently, he wasn't done with his new look. Here's the image Edson tweeted on Thursday:

04 February 11:50 am

The countdown for some started before last season ended. For others, it began after MLS Cup, the day of the SuperDraft, or when the schedule was announced.

We're now less than four weeks away from the opening match at FC Dallas on March 2. And, we're even closer to the 2013 home opener against Philadelphia on March 9.

When did you start looking forward to the 2013 season?

Get excited. It's coming up.

01 February 5:04 pm

The past few days have been a little unnverving for Rapids midfielder Martin Rivero. The 23-year Argentinian suffered a broken bone in his right foot just before the end of the first half of the first preseason game on Tuesday. It was the first broken bone that he's suffered as a professional, and the ensuing surgery was also a first for the second-year playmaker.

But one thing that has kept him positive is the connection he's built with fans through his twitter handle. Rivero has chronicled and given fans - in Spanish and English - a unique behind the scenes perspective of his week, starting prior to the match, as he returned to Denver, on the surgery table, and afterwards. See below:

07 January 11:38 am

A few months ago we told you about Rapids Academy midfielder Bryan Windsor's trip to Barcelona, where he got to train at Barcelona's La Masia facility and receive first-hand instructions from the same youth coaching system that developed the world-player of the year, Lionel Messi, among others.

On Sunday, CBS's famed-program, 60 Minutes, profiled the story of Barcelona FC, giving arguably the best club soccer team in the world - in this era - a huge platform to be seen by millions of people in the United States. There's a lot of good stuff here, give yourself 15 minutes and watch it: