MLS Regular Season

2013-03-02-DAL-v-COL

Home Team: 
Away Team: 
Date & Time: 
Sat, 02-03-2013 18:30
Location, short: 
FC Dallas Stadium
Game Highlights: 
http://www.coloradorapids.com/match/dalcol0302
Calculated Fields
Status: 
FullTime
Match Type: 
Regular
Result Type: 
NormalResult
Home Score: 
1
Away Score: 
0

Rapids 2013 home opener set for March 9 versus Philadelphia

Colorado to Kick Off 2013 at FC Dallas on March 2, home vs Philly, away at RSL on March 16
MLS First Kick
MLS First Kick
Colorado Rapids Media Relations

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Tuesday, December 18, 2012) – The Colorado Rapids announced today that the club’s 2013 home opener is set for Saturday, March 9 against the Philadelphia Union at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. The team’s 2013 home debut comes one week after the team’s season opener, which will take place on March 2 at FC Dallas.

Matchday Welcome: Rapids host Dynamo

Rapids host Houston Dynamo in final match of 2012 season
Matchday Welcome: Rapids host HOU
Welcome Message
ColoradoRapids.com

The letter below is part of the Colorado Rapids' new digital program, created for every Rapids home game. The program features exclusive content about the match, the players, and  information about Dick's Sporting Goods Park. You can use any QR scanner, like Scaneroo, free from the Apple App Store, and QR Barcode Scanner, from the Android Market, to access the Match Day Program.

Matchday Welcome: Rapids host Earthquakes

League-leading San Jose visits Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Matchday Welcome: Rapids host SJ
Welcome Message
ColoradoRapids.com

The letter below is part of the Colorado Rapids' new digital program, created for every Rapids home game. The program features exclusive content about the match, the players, and  information about Dick's Sporting Goods Park. You can use any QR scanner, like Scaneroo, free from the Apple App Store, and QR Barcode Scanner, from the Android Market, to access the Match Day Program.

Pareja to use final games to see players who have not played much

Coach wants to give minutes to players that have worked hard, played little
Mixing Things Up
Mixing Things Up
ColoradoRapids.com

Oscar Pareja before match against Chivas USA

Photo Credit: 
Garrett Ellwood / Colorado Rapids

Commerce City, Colo. - With the playoffs now out of the picture, Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja said he wants to use the final three matches to get a better look at some little-used players.

"I think it's an opportunity to see some players who have not played much," Pareja said. "But I also recognize the compromise the players have, the players that have played throughtout the season, and I know they want to finish strong."

Team aims to finish strong after missing out on playoffs

Cummings says 'pride of club at stake' as team faces final three games of the season
Aiming to Finish Strong
Team Disappointed
ColoradoRapids.com

Omar Cummings disappointed in missing playoffs

Photo Credit: 
Getty Images

Commerce City, Colo. - Watching the Colorado Rapids training session Thursday morning, one would be surprised to know it was a team that had been eliminated from playoff contention less than 12 hours before. The team was sharp and active, showing no signs that there are only three games remaining this year with no chance at hardware.

But the reality and the disappointment was obvious on the faces of each player and coach afterwards as they walked back to the lockerroom .

Colorado eliminated from playoff contention

Rapids can't overtake Vancouver's 42 points with only three matches remaining
Out of Playoff Contention
Out of Contention
ColoradoRapids.com

Commerce City, Colo. – Following their 4-0 victory over Chivas USA tonight, the Vancouver Whitecaps join FC Dallas as the lone teams fighting for the fifth and final Western Conference playoff berth. 

Playoff Outlook: Rapids must sweep final three, get help

Rapids need Chivas USA to tie or defeat Vancouver tonight in order to keep hopes alive
Playoff Scenarios: Need Help
Playoff Scenarios
ColoradoRapids.com

With the Colorado Rapids tying the LA Galaxy Sunday evening, the fifth and final Western Conference berth in the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs will be decided over the final three weeks of the season, though teams could be eliminated on Wednesday.

Vancouver (39 points) currently holds the fifth spot ahead of Dallas (37 pts), Colorado (31 pts), Portland (30 pts), and Chivas USA (28 pts). Every team but Chivas has three games remaining. Chivas has four games left.

STANDINGS AS OF SUNDAY NIGHT

Playoff Outlook: Only one spot remains in Western Conference

Seattle became the fourth team in the West to clinch a playoff berth on Saturday
Only One Spot Remains
Playoff Scenarios
ColoradoRapids.com

There is only one Western Conference berth remaining in the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs after the Seattle Sounders clinched their place in the post season Saturday night with a tie against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The San Jose Earthquakes (61 pts), Real Salt Lake (52 pts), LA Galaxy (49 pts) had already secured their entry the previous two weeks.

STANDINGS

Playoff Outlook: Three more teams could clinch over the weekend

Seattle, Sporting KC, and Chicago could secure their place in the MLS Cup Playoffs this week
Playoff Outlook
Playoff Scenarios

The San Jose Earthquakes, LA Galaxy, and Real Salt Lake have claimed three of the five Western Conference berths for the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs. The Seattle Sounders could take one of the remaining spots on Saturday, leaving the final place up for grabs for at least another week. No teams have yet been eliminated, though that could change by Sunday.

The Eastern Conference is much tighter. No teams have clinched any of their five berths, althought New England and Toronto have been eliminated.

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