MLS Regular Season

Vicente Sánchez another two weeks away

Leading scorer still suffering discomfort following sprained left knee in win over LA Galaxy
Sánchez two weeks away
Vicente Sánchez
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Vicente Sanchez fitness test

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Vicente Sánchez is two weeks away from recovery, after which it will then be a coaching decision on his match fitness, following a sprained left knee suffered in the 1-0 win over LA Galaxy on May 3.

The 34-year-old, who is the Rapids' leading scorer this season with five goals, can run, twist and turn but suffers some discomfort with the ball at his feet.

Two games played, 12 goals scored

Always action, rarely dull, when the Colorado Rapids face Montreal Impact
Two games, lots of goals
goals galore
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Tony Cascio winner at Montreal

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The Colorado Rapids boast just five goals from their previous seven games, while Montreal Impact have bagged only eight goals in MLS all season, and yet when these two teams meet there always seems to be plenty of action and no small shortage of drama.

Take the match in Montreal last season, in which the Rapids took the lead through Atiba Harris, only to be pegged back and then overtaken by the then Eastern Conference leaders, and a side that were undefeated at home in 2013.

José Mari fit and healthy after missing RSL

Rapids midfielder back in training and seeking a return against Montreal this Saturday
José Mari fit and healthy
José Mari

Jose Mari John Neeskens

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Colorado Rapids midfielder José Mari was back in training earlier today (pictured above left), having been a late withdrawal from the team to face Real Salt Lake last Saturday, due to flu-like symptoms.

The 26-year-old was replaced in the starting line-up by Nathan Sturgis, as the Rapids fell 2-1 at their Rocky Mountain Cup rivals. But, when the team returned to training on Tuesday, José Mari was actively involved.

View from the Booth: start as you mean to go on

Colorado Rapids must learn to land the first punch, and then deliver the knockout blow
From the first whistle
view from the booth
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Real Salt Lake penalty

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Nobody can fault the Rapids for effort, despite a second successive loss in MLS, and it’s clear that they are fully aware of where they've fallen short, whether that be their paucity in front of the posts or the slow starts. As skipper Drew Moor noted after Saturday’s showing in Sandy: “We just can’t wait to get punched in the face before we start playing.”

Real Salt Lake 2, Colorado Rapids 1 | MLS Match Recap

Drew Moor's goal not enough to lift Rapids over Salt Lake
Match Recap: RSL 2, COL 1
Match Recap
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Drew Moor at Real Salt Lake, May 17

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SANDY, UTAH - For the first 22 minutes of Saturday's game against Colorado, Real Salt Lake controlled the run of play but somehow couldn't tack the last pass on possession after possession.

Match Stats: Real Salt Lake 2, Rapids 1

Match Stats

Real Salt Lake   Colorado Rapids
7 Attempts on Goal 16
4 Shots on Target 6
1 Shots off Target

Match preview: Colorado Rapids at Real Salt Lake, May 17

Rapids open their #RockyMtnCup defense in Utah against unbeaten RSL
Rapids away to Real Salt Lake
#RSLvCOL
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REAL SALT LAKE vs COLORADO RAPIDS
RIO TINTO STADIUM, Sandy, Utah
May 17, 2014 (WEEK 11, MLS Game #99)
7.30 p.m. MT (Altitude)
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Infographic: Rapids at Salt Lake May 17 Match Preview

A quick look at the Rapids at Salt Lake
Infographic: Match Preview
Infographic
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John Metgod's first taste of the Rocky Mountain Cup

Rapids assistant coach to sample MLS rivalry having played in one of biggest in world soccer
Metgod on soccer rivalry
metgod's first
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John Metgod

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As the Colorado Rapids players head to Utah for this weekend's meeting with Real Salt Lake, one man on the coaching staff may well share some of his experiences ahead of this rivalry fixture. Assistant coach, John Metgod, is new to the Rocky Mountain Cup but he is not new to rivalry within soccer, having played in one of the sport’s fiercest – Real Madrid versus Barcelona.

Head-to-head: Rapids lead the way

The month of May has been kind to the Rapids in previous meetings with RSL
Rapids lead the way
RMC facts
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When the Colorado Rapids go up against arch-rivals Real Salt Lake this Saturday (7.30 p.m ko, on Altitude), it will be a 29th meeting between the two. And, despite RSL reaching loftier heights in recent times, including an agonizing penalty shoot-out defeat in last year’s MLS Cup, the Rapids boast the better head-to-head record since their first encounter on April 16, 2005 - the inaugural home game for then MLS newcomers RSL.

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