MLS Regular Season
Ahead of the Rapids' trip to Sporting Kansas City this Saturday (Altitude, 6:30 p.m MT), we take a look at some of the players to pull on the jerseys for both clubs.
Jose Burciaga Jr.: selected 12th overall in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft by Kansas City Wizards, this defender went on to feature 115 times for KC, before heading to the Rapids for the 2008 season. He made 12 appearances (scoring one goal) in 2008, at the end of which the Rapids opted not to renew his contract.
As Colorado Rapids prepare for their next match of the 2015 season, at Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, we take a stroll down memory lane with a look back at the first match of the first season.
Sporting KC will always have a ‘special’ place in the hearts of Rapids fans, being as they were the first-ever opponents when – as Kansas City Wiz – they ruined Colorado’s introduction to Major League Soccer with a 3-0 win at Arrowhead Stadium.
Rapids Goalkeeper, Clint Irwin (#1)
On the outcome of the game…
We put ourselves in a hole a little bit with that early goal. Once that happens, every team is going to sit in and make it really difficult for us. It’s difficult to break down a team when they have ten men and the goalkeeper behind the ball. We still managed to create some chances and were able to come up with a scrappy goal at the end there to save some points. We still have to be better from the start.
On the difference between the two halves…
A los Colorado Rapids le gustan los viernes.
Colorado Rapids midfielder Carlos Alvarez has been loaned to Charlotte Independence of the United Soccer League (USL). The agreement covers the duration of the MLS and USL seasons but the Rapids have the option to recall Alvarez from their USL affiliate club at any time.
“We are excited to get Carlos integrated into the Charlotte setup as soon as possible," said Brian Crookham, Rapids Senior Director of Soccer Development. “With his return to health we feel that gaining meaningful minutes in USL will allow him to build on the productive preseason he had.”
Welcome Rapids Fans,
After two testing road trips, at New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy, the team’s attention turns to tackling San Jose Earthquakes at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park this evening.
Incredibly, the players traveled almost 6,000 miles last week for those two games, and it was testament to their determination, desire and resolve that they emerged with results from those encounters.
We are now unbeaten in our first five games on the road, the last three of which have been at the Galaxy, the Red Bulls and FC Dallas.
The Colorado Rapids like Fridays.
Exactly four weeks ago, Pablo Mastroeni’s men clicked their season into gear with a stunning 4-0 win at Dallas. Two weeks ago on Friday, they came from behind to grab a tie against the same team (and deserved better for their performance). Even last Friday, the club announced the acquisition of Luis Solignac.
Colorado Rapids will add striker Kevin Doyle to their roster by the end of May, pending receipt of his P-1 visa and ITC, after the Irishman agreed an early settlement of his contract at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 31-year-old signed for the Rapids as a Designated Player in March but was originally due to arrive in July when his contract expired at the English Championship team.