MLS Regular Season

Sjoberg: 'I'm not fazed by much... playing against David Villa excites me'

Swedish defender talks after his impressive debut
Axel on debut, Philly and Villa
Axel on Philly

Sjoberg Philadelphia

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After the 0-0 draw at Philadelphia Union on Saturday, Axel Sjoberg talked to ColoradoRapids.com about his MLS debut, nerves, Sweden and the prospect of facing David Villa

 

What are your thoughts on your MLS debut?

It was terrific to play and even though it wasn’t at home, it was still a great experience. I was very happy to be out there.

Did you expect to start this early in the season? You’ve come out straight from the MLS SuperDraft into the first team.

Pablo on warriors, dogs, red cards and defending

Head coach on the battling draw at Philly
Pablo - 'Everyone was a warrior'
Pablo reaction

Pablo Mastroeni

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Rapids Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni on the 0-0 tie with Philadelphia on Saturday.

ON THE PERFORMANCE …

I could not be more pleased. In the first half we got into some dangerous areas but we did not pull the trigger. The moment that turned the game on its head was the red card. It’s a moment that could define the group. You can either die like dogs or fight like warriors. The guys were organized and fought hard. They threw in their bodies to save balls. Everyone was a warrior.

ON THE ATTITUDE OF HIS SIDE

Report: Philadelphia Union 0-0 Colorado Rapids

Gutsy 10-man Rapids grab a point in MLS opener after Bobby Burling sees red
Report - Union 0-0 Rapids
PHI 0-0 COL
ColoradoRapids.com

Gutsy Colorado Rapids ground out a valuable point in their MLS opener at Philadelphia Union on Saturday.

Pablo Mastroeni’s side were up against it for much of the game, especially in the final 20 minutes after Bobby Burling was dismissed, but they rolled up their sleeves and clung on to a tie.

Philadelphia Union vs. Colorado Rapids | MLS Match Preview

A new-look Rapids head east to face Philly in the first match of the 2015 season
Preview: Union vs. Rapids
match preview
ColoradoRapids.com

The acquisition of James Riley on the eve of the 2015 MLS campaign brought a neat and tidy closure to preseason for Colorado Rapids.
 
The experienced right-back became the 11th signing of the winter by Pablo Mastroeni and, when organized in formation, they would constitute a very respectable team in the Western Conference.
 

Badji on a possible MLS debut, Thierry Henry and his special goal celebration

Find out more about the Rapids' rookie, who has a surprise in store for first strike
Q&A with Dominique Badji
badji q&a
ColoradoRapids.com

Rookie striker Dominique Badji may make his MLS debut at Philadelphia Union this Saturday (kickoff 2 p.m. MT). Speaking exclusively to Rapids Media, the 2015 SuperDraft pick tells Richard Clarke about preseason, stepping up in standard and why you’ll have to watch carefully when he first hits the net…

How do you feel about the prospect of making your MLS debut?

Opener against NYCFC and RSL series among home highlights for the Rapids

Take a look at the MLS schedule facing Colorado for the 2015 season
Rapids' schedule released
Rapids schedule
ColoradoRapids.com

Dick's Sporting Goods Park

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A home opener with the expansion New York F.C. and Spanish star David Villa, a Fourth of July date with Vancouver and two of the three legs of the Rocky Mountain Cup are part of the Colorado Rapids’ home schedule for 2015.

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