Nicknames are fairly common among soccer players.
We've heard of Lionel 'la Pulga' Messi, Carlos 'el Pescado' Ruiz, and even our own Jeff "the Ginger Ninja" Larentowicz and Luis "el Morumbi" Zapata.
And today I heard a nickname that I think will stick with Colorado Rapids fans.
During Wednesday morning's training session I heard Stew Ceus call for the ball by raising his arm and shouting "Patrón, Patrón." That's the spanish word for "Boss," or a figure of that nature.
Hendry Thomas looked up, saw Ceus, and delivered the ball.
And there he was: The Boss, El Patrón!
Afterwards I asked Hendry how that name came about. He explained that in Honduras he was often called "El Doctór," because of his use of glasses. But this time, he said it was the Colombian duo of Zapata and Jaime Castrillon that started calling him that, and then many of the English speaking players and even some of coaching staff followed.
"I thought it was funny," Hendry told me, laughing about it. "It was funny but I still had to ask them why they gave me that name and why it has stuck."
"We named him that because whenever he talks, everybody listens. He's is el patrón, the boss."
I'm thinking his dominating play may also have something to do with this name...
A few months ago MLSsoccer.com came across and vintage footage featuring Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo when he played for the team, um, taking a fall after scoring a goal. SEE IT HERE
Last week we came across different types of old-school videa...commercials from the early years.
The first was discover on a tweet by TheOffsideRules, featuring Uruguayan midfielder Adrian Paz. We'll post a few others in the coming days, featuring Bravo and Marcelo Balboa.
— Shawn Francis (@TheOffsideRules) October 4, 2012
This commercial was a Clio Award winner and I was the Director of Photography. It was filmed with an Arriflex SR2 16mm camera and a Canon 8-64mm lens.
Colorado Rapids Team President, Tim Hinchey, alongside Rapids front office staff and fans, will be “Stepping Out” to stop diabetes.
The Walk to fight diabetes has been taking place for more than 20 years and has raised over $150,000,000. Last year, more than 150,000 participants across the country raised over $20 million to stop diabetes. Step Out participants are committed to walk and to raise money to change the future, and make a positive impact on the lives of those affected by diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association 5k walk and 10k run will take place on Saturday, October 20th at the Denver Aquarium at 9am. OFFICIAL SITE
Rapids goalkeeper Ian Joyce gave me a heads up the other day that his neighbor is Mark Abbattista, a contestant on the reality TV show, The Amazing Race.
Mark is hosting a fundraiser on Sunday at the Buffalo Rose to benefit the Outdoor Lab & Jeffco Schools. The keynote speaker is fellow Amazing Race contestant Amy Purdy, who, as the poster explains, has overcome 'amazing' difficulties to excel in her sport.
No offense to Ian or Drew, or even the Erik Weihenmayer, who has summited Mount Everest seven times, but I don't think any of their stories can match what Amy went through. If you can't make it to the fundraiser but still want to hear Amy's story, watch her speech at a TED event last year.
It's one of the most timely give-aways a Colorado Rapids partner has had.
When the Colorado Rapids host the Western Conference-leading San Jose Earthquakes Saturday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, the forecast is calling for a potential of snow flurries and temperatures ranging from the mid-30's to low 40's. Enter Cricket Wireless.
The club's wireless partner will be giving away these burgundy and onyx (grey) striped scarves to the first 4,000 fans entering the stadium Saturday evening. The gates will open at 6 pm with kickoff set for 7 pm MT. Get there early, and dress warm.
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Goalkeeper Matt Pickens was chosen to represent the Colorado Rapids on the downloadable MLS covers of EA Sports FIFA 13 video game, which was released today. Matt is one of four MLS goalkeepers featured on such covers, along with Chivas USA's Dan Kennedy, Chicago's Sean Johnson, and Sporting KC's Jimmy Nielsen.
The official FIFA 13 launch party happened in New York City on Monday evening at an event that featured Snoop Dogg...err, Snoop Lion, right? Snoop explains here how he became a fan of our beautiful game.
Any fan watching this season seen can attest to what a great year Pickens is having. He's set one milestone after another, and today he gets some much deserved recognition along with the likes of MLS stars Landon Donovan, Dwayne De Rosario, Brek Shea, Freddy Montero, Kyle Beckerman, Tim Cahill and other players who are also featured on the downloadable covers.
Fan can download covers for any of the featured players from Major League Soccer's official Facebook page (CLICK HERE).
1. Click on the cover photo you prefer. 2. Click "Options" at the bottom of the photo viewer 3. Click "Download" 4. Save to hard drive 5. Print 6. Enjoy!
Here's a few examples of the player celebrations you'll see on the new game:
On September 8, Kroenke Sports Charities hosted an equipment drive to benefit non-profit A Precious Child in honor of Aurora shooting victim Jessica Ghawi, who once interned for one of our sister properties. The response from the community was awesome, collecting over 25,000 items and $30,000 for the Jessica Redfield Ghawi Sports Journalism Scholarship. NBC national recognized the efforts in this clip below.
Plenty of media and fans have had their say on the U.S. Women's National Team's 6-2 win over Australia Wednesday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Well, the players also shared their thoughts through twitter:
Last night, Denver rocked it! Sold out crowd+big W for Pia's last game, couldn't have been better #USWNT
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) September 20, 2012
— Heather Mitts (@heathermitts) September 20, 2012
And thank you Denver fans. What an awesome atmosphere for Pia's send off!
— Rachel Buehler (@Rachel_Buehler) September 20, 2012
Waking up before the sun comes up is not my definition of a good time. On the other hand, last night definitely was. See you in Chicago! ✌
— Sydney Leroux (@sydneyleroux) September 20, 2012
And thank you Denver fans! Great atmosphere.
— Carli Lloyd (@CarliLloyd) September 20, 2012
— Carli Lloyd (@CarliLloyd) September 20, 2012
Thanks so much LA & Denver! Incredible fan support and amazing atmosphere!
— Christie Rampone (@christierampone) September 20, 2012
denver is sweeet. with an extra e.
— Tobin Heath (@TobinHeath) September 19, 2012
What a night. Stoked to score in my last game is an understatement. Other than the score line it was a perfect finish for me. Leaving happy
— Sarah Walsh (@swalshy9) September 20, 2012
Pia Sundhage coached for the U.S. WNT to two Olympic gold medals and a second-place finish at the World Cup in her five years at the helm. However, on Wednesday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Pia coached her last game for the U.S. She will return to her native Sweden to head that Women's team starting in December.
Players on the team have shared their sadness in losing their coach, but also excitement and gratitude for Pia's contributions.
In the locker room hall way prior to the game, Colorado Rapids President Tim Hinchey gave Pia a crystal vase as a gift on behalf of the club. The attached card read as follows:
For the last five years, the United States Women’s National Team that you coached has impressed and inspired us with their skill, tenacity, style of play, and dedication. It has been a joy to be a fan of your teams, and everyone here at the Colorado Rapids and Dick’s Sporting Goods Park is honored to be a part of your final match at the helm of the USA Women. Thank you for all your hard work, and we wish you the very best of luck!
President, Colorado Rapids
On behalf of the Colorado Rapids and Dick’s Sporting Goods Park