MLS Regular Season

Nomadic Hill finds a home – and goals – in Colorado

Tied for team lead with three goals, Hill could see more action soon
Champing at the bit
Champing at the bit
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Kamani Hill celebrates his 2nd goal, April 28, 2012

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — New Colorado Rapids striker Kamani Hill spent the first five years of his professional soccer career touring more European countries than most American study abroad students see with a Europass.

From Germany to Portugal to Norway, Hill tried to work his way into a regular role with a team. But with all the different stops on the continent, he struggled to find somewhere to play consistently.

Poll: Who's been the best through 10 games?

Vote for the top performer through the first 10 matches
Poll: Who's been the best?
Poll: Top Performer
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Rapids starting XI vs Chivas USA

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Commerce City, Colo. - The 2012 regular season is not quite a third of the way through. But since the Rapids have played an even 10 of 34 matches, we're taking an informal poll from fans to see who you think has been the best performer so far. First some notes:

Rivero notches his first MLS goal in win over Dallas

Argentinian now has goal and three assists through first six games
Offensive Minded
Rivero's First Goal
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Martin Rivero celebrates his first goal

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Commerce City, Colo. - Martin Rivero still had a smile on his face as he walked off the training field Wednesday morning. After setting up three goals in his first five games, Rivero scored his first MLS goal in the Rapids' 2-0 win over Dallas last Sunday .

"The important thing is that we won," Rivero said. "But obviously I'm very happy with scoring my first goal in MLS."

Wynne and Cummings to miss four weeks with injuries

Ankle sprain and strained hamstring force Cummings, Wynne to sidelines
Injury Update
Injury Update
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Commerce City, Colo - The Colorado Rapids could be playing their next three games without the services of defender Marvell Wynne and forward Omar Cummings.

Head Athletic Trainer Jaime Rojas confirmed to ColoradoRapids.com today that Wynne suffered a strained right hamstring during the team's training session in Foxboro on Tuesday, May 1 and is expected to be out approximately four weeks. After starting each of the first eight matches at center back, Wynne missed last Wedneday's loss at New England and Sunday's win in Dallas.

Pickens sets one club record, approaching another

Keeper earned his team record 26th shutout, now two away from wins marks
One Record Down, One Near
Pickens Sets Record
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Matt Pickens vs Dallas

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Commerce City, Colo. - Standing captain and center back Drew Moor teased goalkeeper Matt Pickens after Sunday's 2-0 win at Dallas.

"Did you even have to make a save today," Moor said to Pickens after handing him the team-signed match ball for registering his 26th shutout with the Rapids, a new team record.

"From a personal stand point I think it's great," Pickens said of setting the club record. "But I've always said that it's a team thing. My name might go down but (the record) is a team thing."

Edu now eligible for selection, Janniere waived

Brazilian added to roster after receiving visa and ITC; LaBauex placed on DL
Roster Moves
Roster Moves
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Brazilian forward Edu at training on April 25, 2012

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Monday, May 7, 2012) – The Colorado Rapids announced on Monday that forward Edu, who has experience in Spain’s La Liga and the UEFA Champions League, has received his ITC and P-1 work visa and is now eligible for selection. In a pair of other roster moves, the Rapids waived Josh Janniere and added Ross LaBauex to the Disabled List.

Casey: "We caught a break, but we also took advantage.”

Forward gets extended minutes after Dallas goes down two men
Catching a Break
Casey goes 45
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Conor Casey

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Before Sunday’s match at FC Dallas, Colorado Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja had only planned to give star striker Conor Casey about 30 minutes of playing time to help the big striker get back in shape following a nine-month injury layoff.

Cummings leaves Dallas game early with ankle injury

Forward to be further evaluated upon return to Colorado
Cummings Injures Ankle
Cummings injured
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Omar Cummings Goal Celebration

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The Colorado Rapids don't yet know the full extent of forward Omar Cummings' ankle injury.

Win at Dallas 'that much sweeter' for Moor

Defender enjoys 'big win' in his hometown against former team
Win in Dallas 'that much sweeter'
Moor Reaction
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Drew Moor talks to media following win in Dallas

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On the foul by Perez that resulted in a red card:
"His cleat was extended into me. I don't think he meant any malice in it whatsoever, but it is a scary situation. I hit my head pretty hard and I wanted to be sure that was ok. It was a physical game. It always is when the two of us line up against each other and that's the way it went tonight."

Pareja: "We came in and did our job"

Coach pleased with the result on the road
Pareja: "We did our job"
Pareja Quotes

Oscar Pareja post-game presser at Dallas

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Colorado Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja's post-game comments following 2-0 road win at Dallas:

General thoughts on the match:

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