Rapids Podcast: which Rapids players make the grade for 2018?

With the World Cup over, six Rapids youngsters have their sights on the ultimate soccer goal

There is so much to discuss on this week's Rapids Podcast, presented by Dick's Sporting Goods, as the team prepares for a Friday night trip to Portland Timbers (9 p.m MT, NBC Sports).

With the wonderful World Cup now a fading memory, focus is back well and truly on MLS, though chatter has begun about who may be in the frame for sport's showpiece event in Russia four years from now.

As a consqeuence, this week's podcast hears from six Colorado Rapids players that may be considered for the US national team in 2018, including Marlon Hairston, Clint Irwin, Chris Klute, Shane O'Neill, Dillon Powers and Dillon Serna.

And, whether it's a sign of weakness, but co-host Richard Fleming puts the 'Numpty of the Week' on hold as he pays tribute to the generous Germans.

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