The team today held a final training session at Oxnard College before packing up and moving north. They'll play the San Jose Earthquakes on Friday night at Cal-Poly University at 7 pm MT. By the way, the 'Quakes PR / Digital team is looking into the possibility of a live stream of the game, we'll keep you posted).
It looks like Drew Moor is taking a pic of Wells Thompson while he's tweeting his photo...
— Drew Moor (@drewmoor) February 9, 2012
On the road again headed to San Luis Obispo. Ain't bad scenery at all! twitter.com/WellsThompson/…
— Wells Thompson (@WellsThompson) February 9, 2012
MLSsoccer.com was the guinnea pig for the blog format, so they went live on The Sideline blog first. One of the first posts on the Out of Focus video blog (LINK), they dug up this classic...that's Paul Bravo, now Technical Director, in a never-again-seen celebration from his days playing for the Rapids...
Fans on twitter have come to know that Rapids President Tim Hinchey is pretty active on that platform. On Tuesday, he threw out this nugget about a new player joining the team soon:
With P1 Visa now sorted, looking forward to our new 22 year old Argentine play maker to arrive by Hawaii.Nice work Oscar and Bravo #COYR
— Tim Hinchey III (@tkhinchey3) February 8, 2012
Reader Justin Hein then replied to Hinchey, suggesting a contest to see if anyone could guess the name, and Tim agreed:
— Tim Hinchey III (@tkhinchey3) February 9, 2012
After an exchange in which Hinchey 'named' Hein the 'commish' of this contest, Justin provided the rules for winning:
— Justin Hein (@justin_hein) February 9, 2012
So there you have it...guess the name of the player Hinchey is referring to by sending him a note on twitter by Monday, Feb. 13 at 9 am MT with the tag #COYRapids. First one to get it right wins a 2012 Rapids kit...
Five years ago today the team changed it's look and colors - for the third time...let's take a look back.
October 17, 1995: At a gala at The Palladium in New York City, Major League Soccer unveiled the names, logos, and uniforms of the 10 charter teams that would begin play the following spring. Colorado had been awarded a team four months earlier, on June 6. From that inaugural 1996 season through 2002, the team's primary colors were green and white.
February 12, 2003: At the "Black and Blue Ball," which was held at a downtown Denver club appropriately named, Blue, the team changed its colors to black and blue, with the primary home uniform now featuring verticle stripes.
February 9, 2007: Now under the ownership of Kroenke Sports Enterprises, the team held a press conference to introduce its new uniforms, colors, and logo. Gone were the black, blue, and green, with the new look featuring burgundy, with sky blue, onyx, and white as the supporting colors. As the press release read, the new colors "are a continuation of the common DNA that runs through the identities of the other sports entities in the KSE family."
The team's logo also changed. Originally, it was the wordmark on a wave, then the circle with ball in center, and now the more soccer traditional shield. That, however, has also been modified, as it now sports a Star above the shield as a sign of being a champion. Can you name each of these players in the inaugural year of the new colors?
First order of business, what do you think...should we keep the name of the blog as it was previously called, Rapids Undercurrent, or The Undercurrent? Share your thoughts or suggest new names in the comments below.
It's Back! The Rapids Undercurrent blog, which has been hibernating for the past year and a half, is being awakened and introduced to it's new home - here at ColoradoRapids.com. (Here's the link to the old version).
We're hoping this new version of the Undercurrent provides somewhat of a more casual tone to compliment the more 'newsy' or 'official' news you likely come to this site for. It will still primarily focus on soccer, but hopefully add some non-Rapids content and maybe some off-the-field type of tidbits and even other sports.
Technology has continued to change since that first post back in 2008, and it seems everyone is now a journalist - or at the very least - a news distributor of some sort. We're taking a shot at being a central place to combine and share some of those web stories, videos, fotos, tweets, etc. You might even see some opinions or analysis here, be it by me or other Rapids staffers, or maybe even players or fans.
In reality, I don't know exactly in what direction this blog will go. But we'd like you to be part of this as it evolves. Give us your feedback, tell us what you'd like to see more of, or less of; what you like or don't like. Send us ideas, suggestions, or general feedback to RapidsDigital@dsgpark.com, or leave them in the comment section.
Here we go...welcome back!