MLS Regular Season

How they stand in the push for the playoffs

With four pulling clear, the Rapids must focus on beating Vancouver and Portland to fifth
Push for the playoffs
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Without a MLS match since suffering a fifth straight loss to LA Galaxy last Wednesday, the Colorado Rapids were forced to sit back and watch events unfold this weekend as Western Conference rivals played their games in hand.

Vancouver Whitecaps were three points and two places ahead of the Rapids heading into the weekend, with two games in hand. Portland Timbers were one place and one point clear of the Rapids, having played one game less.

Injury update: Edson Buddle cleared, but Jared Watts out with hamstring strain

Rookie sidelined after early Galaxy exit, though the news is brighter for century man Buddle
Buddle cleared, Watts out
Injury update
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Jared Watts injured vs. LA Galaxy

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Mixed news emerged from Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday, as the players returned to training after Wednesday's 4-3 home defeat to the LA Galaxy.

View from the Booth: defensive errors hurting the Rapids

Too many preventable goals being given up by the Rapids, as they slip to five defeats in a row
Defensive errors hurting
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"We need to play with two goalies, and make the goals smaller," joked Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni, when asked how his side halts the flow of goals in the wake of the 4-3 home loss to the LA Galaxy on Wednesday night. (The Rapids have given up 15 goals in their five successive defeats).

Rapids Podcast: Drew Moor on the long road back

Skipper talks about the worst injury of his playing career, while Buddle discusses hitting 100
Moor on his ACL injury
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For one week only (thankfully), the Rapids Podcast is in the hands exclusively of play-by-play announcer Richard Fleming, who brings us news from inside Dick's Sporting Goods Park at the end of another difficult few days.

Two games produced two defeats, and the loss to injury of three players, including skipper Drew Moor who is out for the remainder of the season. Moor speaks to Fleming about the injury, and vows to return stronger than ever.

'Cool' rookie Hairston off the mark in MLS

Rookie midfielder registers his first pro goal in the 4-3 loss to the LA Galaxy
Hairston opens his Rapids account
Marlon Hairston
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There is a calm sort of confidence to Colorado Rapids' rookie midfielder Marlon Hairston. Simply put ... he’s just cool. That cool confidence was on full display when he returned to the pitch for the match against the LA Galaxy on August 20.

Dillon Powers, the youngest player in Rapids history to wear the armband

Midfielder was captain against the LA Galaxy in the absence of the injured Drew Moor
Powers makes history
Captain Powers
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Dillon Powers is captain vs. LA Galaxy

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Along with teammates Edson Buddle and Marlon Hairston, who each reached special milestones in their careers on Wednesday night, Dillon Powers wrote his own piece of Rapids history in the match against the LA Galaxy.

Edson Buddle scores the 100th goal of his career

Veteran becomes the eighth player in MLS history to reach the milestone
Buddle scores 100th goal
#Edson100
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Although the scoreline wasn't favorable for the Rapids, the Wednesday night matchup against the LA Galaxy turned out to be a memorable one for many reasons.

Infographic: Rapids vs. LA Galaxy August 20, Match Recap

Rapids fall to LA Galaxy despite Buddle and Hairston enjoying career milestones
Infographic: Match Recap
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Colorado Rapids 3, LA Galaxy 4 | Postgame Quotes

Mastroeni: "Obviously everyone’s upset but for me it’s important to stay level-headed"
Postgame Quotes: COL 3, LA 4
Postgame Quotes

Dillon Powers vs LA Galaxy, August 20

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Pablo Mastroeni, Colorado Rapids Head Coach
On the game:

Colorado Rapids 3, LA Galaxy 4 | MLS Match Recap

Rapids fall 4-3 to LA Galaxy as Edson Buddle scores his 100th career MLS goal
Match Recap: COL 3, LA 4
Match Recap
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Edson Buddle scores MLS goal number 100

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Landon Donovan’s 80th-minute goal capped a massive second half comeback in a back-and-forth, high-octane 4-3 LA Galaxy win over the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday night.

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