MLS Regular Season

Infographic: Rapids at Real Salt Lake September 19, Match Recap

José Mari opens the scoring but Real Salt Lake responds with five unanswered goals
Infographic: Match Recap
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View from the Booth: beating the same old drum, as basic errors prove costly

With the most painful match to watch of 2014, the Rapids again masters of their own downfall
Beating the same old drum
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Well, I’ll say this … if only matches were 30 minutes in duration, then we would have returned from the other side of the Rockies with big, beaming smiles spread across our faces.

The Rapids took the lead – with an absolute peach of a strike from José Mari – and held their own for the opening half hour, before conceding the first of five unanswered goals in what would become the heaviest defeat in the history of the Rocky Mountain rivalry.

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Real Salt Lake 5, Colorado Rapids 1 | Postgame Quotes

Mastroeni: "Too often tonight we helped them get in good spots"
Postgame Quotes: RSL 5, COL 1
Postgame Quotes

Shane O'Neill at Real Salt Lake

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Pablo Mastroeni, Colorado Rapids head coach
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Real Salt Lake 5, Colorado Rapids 1 | MLS Match Recap

Colorado fall to Rocky Mountain rivals, extending winless run to nine games
Match Recap: RSL 5, COL 1
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Gabriel Torres at real salt lake

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SANDY, Utah — The Colorado Rapids came into Rio Tinto Stadium on Friday night, poked a finger in Real Salt Lake's eye, and paid for it — quickly.

After taking a 1-0 lead, the Rapids gave up three goals in five minutes and RSL coasted to a 5-1 win and a season sweep of their Rocky Mountain rivals.

LaBrocca to serve suspension and will miss Real Salt Lake trip

Midfielder banned by the MLS Disciplinary Committee following challenge on Ben Zemanski
LaBrocca to serve suspension
Labrocca banned

Nick LaBrocca vs Real Salt Lake

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Colorado Rapids midfielder Nick LaBrocca will sit out this Friday's visit to Real Salt Lake, after being handed a one-game ban by the MLS Disciplinary Committee.

The 29-year-old is to serve a suspension as a result of his 91st minute challenge on Portland Timbers' Ben Zemanski - a former teammate at Chivas USA - in last Saturday's 2-2 tie at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Rapids, the cornered animal, ready to fight this Friday

Heading across the Rockies, the Colorado Rapids are prepared to do battle in search of victory
Rapids ready to fight
Rapids at RSL
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Deshorn Brown vs. Real Salt Lake

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After tying Portland to end a seven game losing streak, the team now turns their attention to Real Salt Lake this Friday, and Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni is relishing the opportunity of going to Utah in search of three points (NBCSN, kick-off 8 p.m MT).

Making the playoffs at this point for the Rapids would be a tall task, but one that Mastroeni is looking forward to.

“I’m excited about the preparation, excited about going to a difficult place, and really laying it all on the line for a chance at the playoffs.”

Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids | MLS Match Preview

Rapids visit Rocky Mountain rivals Real Salt Lake on Friday, televised nationally on NBC Sports
Match Preview: Rapids @ RSL
Match Preview
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REAL SALT LAKE vs COLORADO RAPIDS
RIO TINTO STADIUM, Sandy, Utah
Sept. 19, 2014 (WEEK 28, MLS Game #265)
8 p.m. MT (NBCSN)

Rapids to host annual Hispanic Heritage Night on Saturday, September 27

Special cultural celebration presented by Western Union will feature folkloric dancers and more
Hispanic Heritage Night
Hispanic Heritage
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The Colorado Rapids are teaming with Western Union to present Hispanic Heritage Night, to take place Saturday, September 27 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park when the Rapids take on the San Jose Earthquakes, kick-off 7 p.m. MT. (TICKETS).

Defensive solidity the key as Rapids push to keep pace

With the return of O'Neill, the Rapids have more options defensively with six games to go
Defensive solidity the key
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Shane O'Neill sliding vs. Portland

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The Colorado Rapids broke their seven match losing streak last Saturday night after tying the Portland Timbers 2-2. Defender Shane O’Neill returned from injury as the Rapids hoped to add some depth to a backline that has regularly been giving up goals since a 3-0 loss to New England on July 30.

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