MLS Regular Season

Rapids head coach feels offense is the best defense

Offensive-minded substitutions one of Pablo Mastroeni’s early trademarks
Offense is the best defense
pablo going forward
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COMMERCE CITY, Colo.- Pablo Mastroeni came into MLS as a center back and played primarily as an aggressive, defensive-minded midfielder during his 15 years in the league and with the U.S. national team.

But as a coach, Mastroeni is managing with far more of an offensive mind. Even with his defensive roots, the new head coach of the Colorado Rapids is making it clear that he wants to push for goal, regardless of the score or situation. Just take a look at the Rapids’ substitutions in their two games so far this season.

Infographic: Rapids vs Timbers March 22 Match Recap

A quick look at the Rapids vs Timbers result
Infographic: Match Recap
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View from the Booth: stuff and nonsense to those questioning calls

Penalties and red cards always get soccer people a little hot under the collar
Ref and Rapids spot on
View from the booth
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Ricketts view from the booth

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Garrett Ellwood

And so the debate rages on …

Incidents, such as we saw in Saturday’s 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers, are sure to spark argument and counter-argument.

Was the second one a penalty? Were the two red cards deserved? Was the referee up to scratch? Should Portland have been awarded a penalty of their own?

Frankly, the only question I was asking on Saturday was ‘when will I get feeling back in my fingers and toes?’

Rapids 2, Timbers 0 | MLS Match Recap‏

Sanchez and Brown lift Rapids over Timbers at home
Match Recap: COL 2 - POR 0
Match Recap
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Deshorn Brown vs Portland Timbers, Mar 22 2014

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Garrett Ellwood

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – On a bitterly cold and snowy day in Colorado, two second-half penalties handed Pablo Mastroeni his first victory as Colorado Rapids head coach and continued the Portland Timbers’ lackluster start to the 2014 season.

Matchday welcome: Rapids host Portland Timbers

President Tim Hinchey excited for the home opener and Pablo's return to DSGP
Welcome from Rapids president
matchday welcome
ColoradoRapids.com

Dear Rapids Fans,

Welcome to the 2014 Home Opener, our first match of the season here at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park! After a long offseason, we’re thrilled to be getting back on the pitch and excited to see all of you here at the stadium. Despite the foul weather in the forecast, all of our staff is prepared for whatever comes our way, and we’ll be ready to kick off at 4 p.m. today!  We are Colorado for Life!

Rapids welcome Neeskens and Piermayr on trial

Son of Dutch legend and Austrian utility player arrived in Colorado this week
Two trialists join Rapids camp
Rapids trialists
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The Rapids have welcomed a pair of players into the club’s training sessions this week on trial, bringing in John Neeskens (pictured above) and Thomas Piermayr. The two players have been training in Colorado since Wednesday as they look to impress the coaching staff.

Preview: Colorado vs Portland, March 22

Rapids to open home campaign against Western Conference foe
Match Preview
Match Preview
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COLORADO RAPIDS vs PORTLAND TIMBERS
DICK’S SPORTING GOODS PARK, Commerce City, Colo.
March 22, 2014 (WEEK 3, MLS Game #22)
4 p.m. MT (Altitude; ROOT-NW)

Infographic: Rapids vs Timbers March 22 Match Preview

A quick look at the Rapids vs Timbers
Infographic: Match Preview
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Rapids Podcast: Champions League success a must for MLS?

Further failings a concern, amid brighter news for the USMNT
CONCACAF mystery
RAPIDS PODCAST
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There's much for Rapids Podcast hosts David Lindholm and Richard Fleming to talk about this week, as the team prepares for their first home game of the season, against the Portland Timbers on Saturday (March 22, TICKETS),

Irwin on the mend and back in the mix

Rapids #1 took part in Wednesday practice but his progress is being monitored
Irwin working his way back
Clint Irwin
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Clint Irwin in training

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It will be three weeks this Saturday that Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin suffered a right quad strain in the preseason game against the New England Revolution in Tucson, but his return to first-team duties will not be rushed.

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