MLS Regular Season

How rare was the comeback draw?

Rapids earn result after being down 2-0 for only third time in team history
How Rare Was the Comeback?
Rare Comeback
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Kosuke Kimura vs KC

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In coming back to earn a draw after being down 2-0 on Saturday against Sporting KC, the Colorado Rapids accomplished a rare feat that the club had only accomplished twice in it's 16+ year history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Defenders contribute to offense in Rapids comeback draw

Team has had 10 different players score goals through 12 games
Offensive Defenders
Offensive Defenders
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Tyrone Marshall vs Sporting KC

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – It’s been an injury-riddled opening two months of the season for the Colorado Rapids, but they’ve found a way to hold serve due to contributions from unlikely sources.

Saturday night, two goals from two defenders – Tyrone Marshall in the 52nd minute and Kosuke Kimura in the 60th – helped the Rapids take a share of the points against Sporting Kansas City, despite dropping into a 2-0 deficit in under 14 minutes.

Pareja: Character, personality, passion, and desire

Coach disappointed with first 15 minutes, credits players for coming back to earn draw
Credit to the players for response
Pareja Post-Game
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Oscar Pareja post-game interview

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Head coach Oscar Pareja's post-game comments on the come from behind 2-2 draw with Sporting KC after surrendering two early goals:

"We are trying to find answers as the coaches and players. Because what happened in the first fifteen minutes is unacceptable for us as professionals and we know that and the players know. Because our fans deserve respect and what happened in the first fifteen minutes is not fair for them.

Match Stats: Rapids vs Sporting KC

Rapids win duels on way to come back draw
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Match Stats
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Conor Casey vs SKC's Nagamura

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Recap: Rapids come back to earn thrilling 2-2 draw vs Sporting KC

Colorado comes back from 2-0 deficit with two second half goals
Final: COL 2, SKC 2
Final: COL 2, SKC 2
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Kosuke Kimura vs Bobby Convey

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – Sporting KC striker Teal Bunbury opened his 2012 goal-scoring account on Saturday with first-half brace at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, but the Colorado Rapids answered back with goals by Tyrone Marshall and Kosuke Kimura in the second half to finish the match tied at two goals apiece. It was both clubs’ first draw of the season.

MRI reveals no major damage to Mullan's knee

Midfielder could be out a few weeks with sprained right knee
Relief: No Major Damage
Mullan MRI Result
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Brian Mullan vs LA on April 21, 2012

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Commerce City, Colo. - The team breathed a collective sigh of relief Friday upon learning that the MRI on midfielder Brian Mullan's left knee revealed no major damage. Still, Mullan, who was injured in the first half of Wednesday's loss at DC, won't be available Saturday when the Rapids host Sporting KC at Dick's Sporting Goods Park (7 pm MT).

At least for this match, Mullan joins the 'injured-and-unavailable' list that also includes Pablo Mastroeni, Ross LaBauex, Anthony Wallace, Jamie Smith, Marvell Wynne, and Omar Cummings.

MLS on TV - Week 11

Info on how and where to watch the nine MLS matches this weekend
MLS on TV - Week 11
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OPTA Spotlight: Has Pareja met expectations in Colorado?

Rapids rank first in passing accuracy, second in keeping possession and passes completed
OPTA Spotlight: Possession
OPTA Spotlight
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The refrain was admirable, if not entirely predictable.

Upon introducing Oscar Pareja as Gary Smith’s replacement in January, the Colorado Rapids declared the hire a transition away from the Englishman’s pragmatic approach to a flowing, possession-oriented style of play, one with some attacking panache that would be built upon a 4-3-3 foundation.   

 

Left knee injury forced Mullan out of DC match

Veteran midfielder's status for Saturday's home match remains unclear
Mullan injures knee
Mullan injures knee
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Brian Mullan at DC

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When Brian Mullan was replaced by Kamani Hill to start the second half of Wednesday's loss at DC, the move may have come across as a tactical decision. However, as it came to be known following the match, at halftime Mullan informed the coaching staff that he injured his left knee after slipping near the United penaly area halfway through the first half, which caused the substitution.

Mullan will be further evaluated upon returning to Colorado. His status for Saturday's home match against Sporting KC (7 pm MT) at Dick's Sporting Goods Park remains unclear.

Dick's Sporting Goods presents 'On the Road with the Rapids' contest

Fans can enter to win a trip to a Rapids away game this season at Seattle or Los Angeles
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On the Road Contest
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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Thursday, May 17, 2012) – The Colorado Rapids and Dick’s Sporting Goods have teamed up to offer fans a chance to go “On the Road with the Rapids,” an online contest to win a flyaway trip with the team. Fans will use the Rapids’ Facebook page by CLICKING HERE to enter and participate in the contest.

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