The 2012 European Championship starts on Friday and long-time MLS partner ESPN will broadcast all the matches through their various outlets. We've set up a EURO Predictor Challenge Bracket through ESPN.com so that fans, staff, and players can go head-to-head in a just-for-fun contest.
Drew Moor, Andre Akpan, Tony Cascio, and Chris Sharpe have signed up, as has some members of the staff.
All are invited to join our group. Here's how:
Click on this link: http://games.espn.go.com/euro-bracket-predictor/en/group?groupID=3845
Set up an account if you don't have one.
Join our team / private group: Rapids EURO Challenge
Pick which teams will finish first and second from each of the four groups, the winners of the Quarterfinals, the Semifinal winners, and who will win the Final.
You have until the Friday's first game between Poland and Greece to submit your picks!
(Note that all rules for participation are governed by ESPN.com).
It's hard to believe that it's been 10 years since the U.S. Men's National Team made that incredible run all the way to the Quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup.
On June 5, 2002, eight of us from the front office met at one's apartment in the middle of the night and watched our own Pablo Mastroeni start in the USMNT's 3-2 upset of a heavily favored Portugal side. Later games would fill up large establishments all over the country, including a huge showing at our viewing party in the Club Level of INVESCO Field at Mile High.
Prior to the 2010 World Cup, I sat down with Pablo and a few other former Rapids players to talk about their World Cup experiences. Watch below as Pablo talks about how he made the U.S. team and his memories of the 2002 World Cup. (Click here to watch on Youtube).
If you've been to a Rapids home game this year, you've likely looked up at the scoreboard and watched some of the videos the Game Entertainment crew produces. We'll be posting some of these on here throughout the summer - after they've aired in the stadium.
Here's the first video: "This or That with Marvell Wynne:" (WATCH ON YOUTUBE)
Long-time MLS journalist Steve Davis posted on the NBC Sports' ProSoccerTalk.com website that he was recently asked to nominate six players from each MLS team that should appear on 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star fan ballot. His deadline was May 29.
ColoradoRapids.com has since learned that MLS Communications was forming a panel consisting of two media members that cover each of the 19 teams, plus 50 or so national media members who don't cover specific teams, to submit 114 names for the upcoming ballot (6 players for each of the 19 teams).
The MLS All-Stars will take on UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea FC on July 25 at PPL Park in Philadelphia, Penn.
In the last two seasons, both Jeff Larentowicz and Omar Cummings were selected from the Rapids to play against Manchester United, becoming the 16th and 17th Colorado players chosen for the mid-summer showcase.
So, we ask you: If MLS gave you the opportunity to nominate six Rapids players for the 2012 ballot, which six players would you nominate?
We finally got our hands on the video of the goal that was talked about often last week within the Rapids office. Youngster Ricardo Perez has played a handful of Reserve League games for the Rapids, but his first priority is helping the Rapids Development Academy's U-16s. Last week, he scored three goals in a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Thunder. Watch his second goal below (CLICK HERE TO WATCH ON YOUTUBE):
This video has been making the internet rounds the past couple of days. As various web reports mention, former Russian international defender Vadim Evseev retired as a professional from the Belarus league in December. And in a touching moment, in his testimonial match earlier this month, he was replaced by five-year-old Khrisan Dzeus. I've found multiple stories that say Khristan is Vadim's son, and others that say he's the son of a CEO of a children's charity organization, and that Vadim wanted to recognize the CEO's efforts by showcasing Vadim.
In either case, watch how both teams helped the little fella become the star of the game...
Last month the League's board of governors held a meeting in Colorado. MLS Commissioner then stopped over for a lunch Q&A with the Denver-area media at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Altitude TV was able to get a one-on-one with the Commish for a pre-game feature. Watch below:
The 2012 UEFA Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Chelsea is likely to be one of the most watched sporting events in the world. The game will be broadcast live Saturday, May 19 on Fox at 12:45 pm MT from the home of Bayern, Allianz Arean in Munich, Germany. Here's who some of the players and technical staff picked:
Edu - Bayern Munich
Drew Moor - Bayern Munich
Martin Rivero - Bayern Munich
Tony Cascio - Chelsea
Omar Cummings - Bayern Munich
Ian Joyce - Chelsea
Kosuke Kimura - Bayern Munich
Matt Pickens - Bayern Munich
Kohei Yamada - Bayern Munich
Tyrone Marshall - Bayern Munich
Kamani Hill - Bayern Munich
Davy Armstrong - Chelsea
Pablo Mastroeni - Bayern Munich
Joseph Nane - Chelsea
Hunter Freeman - Bayern Munich
Luis Zapata - Bayern Munich
Stew Ceus - Bayern Munich
Harrison Henao - Chelsea
Scott Palguta - Bayern Munich
Conor Casey - Bayern Munich
Ross LaBauex - Chelsea
Eddie Ababio - Chelsea
Jaime Castrillon - Chelsea
Wells Thompson - Bayern Munich
Oscar Pareja - Bayern Munich
Wilmer Cabrera - Bayern Munich
Paul Caffrey - Bayern Munich
David Kramer - Bayern Munich
Paul Bravo - Bayern Munich
MLSsoccer.com is celebrating Supporters Week, with a wide array of articles and videos honoring fans. Not lost among that is that players themselves are fans.
Pablo Mastroeni, New England's Benny Feilhaber, and Philadelphia's Zac MacMath list former Rapids midfielder Carlos Valderrama as their favorite MLS player of all-time. Other's list Brian McBride as their favorite. Who is your all-time favorite MLS player - tell us in the comments?
A collection of Colorado Rapids players with their moms and grandmas. Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there!