MLS Regular Season
'The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential ... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.'
'We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.'
'When one scores a goal and the team doesn't win, (the goal) doesn't matter.'
Oooh, View from the Booth getting all philosophical …
Full Match Highlights
This week's Rapids Podcast has something for everybody. With eyes on the nail-biting remaining regular-season games for Oscar Pareja's team, defender Marvell Wynne insists the side is aiming for maximum points from the last three home games.
I have some sympathy for Galaxy boss Bruce Arena, who – having watched his makeshift team beaten and shut-out by the Rapids for the second time this season – bemoaned the scheduling of fixtures at the same time as the FIFA international dates.
The Galaxy, for a third meeting with the Rapids this season, were without Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez – their three Designated Players.
Set pieces can be learnt, as can tactics. You can also greatly improve your fitness and skill by putting in the hard yards.
There’s one thing which can’t be coached, but it will certainly be needed over the final six regular-season games, and that is desire.
I referred to some of the Rapids defending, in the dying moments in LA, as ‘desperate’. And it was.
Man has a thirst for facts and a need for knowledge. Mysteries, therefore, only make us more determined for answers.
The Roswell UFO incident, for example. What really crash-landed on that July day in 1947?
Full Match Highlights
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Sporting Kansas City's league goal drought is over. So is the Colorado Rapids' unbeaten streak.
Graham Zusi scored in the 88th minute on Saturday night, lifting Sporting to a 2-1 victory over the Rapids and into a three-way share of first place in the Eastern Conference.
The 2013 MLS playoff picture may still be a fuzzy mess considering that all 10 postseason spots are still seemingly up for grabs, but that doesn't mean the current league standings can't offer a preliminary glimpse of the potential matchups we might see once November rolls around.
As we approach the end of August, the MLS playoff picture, in either of the two conferences, is not a great deal clearer.
Without a fixture at the weekend, the Rapids slipped from second to third in the Western Conference standings.
LA Galaxy, courtesy of a wonder striker from Landon Donovan, edged above the Rapids.
Seattle’s home win over Portland keeps the Timbers in fourth, while the Sounders moved into the playoff places.
Stare into space and shake your head in disbelief, because Clint Irwin's display against Vancouver Whitecaps is not among the 10 nominees in the Top 3 Performers in MLS.
If his numerous superbly-timed blocks are overlooked for the Save of the Week, then I would expect a carefully orchestrated C38 march on MLS HQ, with banners, fog-horns and loud-hailers at the ready - or at least a small gathering of like-minded folk in a downtown Denver bar, ready and willing to tut occasionally and shrug their shoulders at one of life's great injustices.