MLS Regular Season

Colorado Rapids will pay special attention to Villa, says Cronin

NYCFC duo David Villa and Mix Diskerud the obvious threat ahead of the home opener
Rapids preparing for NYCFC
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David Villa

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Sam Cronin is not prone to sudden outbursts of emotion, rather he is controlled, calm and – if truth be known – understated in his demeanor.

And yet, even this hardened MLS midfielder, starting his eighth season in the league breaks into a smile when asked about the forthcoming home opener against New York City FC (TICKETS).

“We’re going for three points,” he said, the smile barely detracting from the determined look in his eye.

Rapids Podcast: the countdown continues to the visit of NYCFC

Cronin and O'Neill both eager to put on a show in front of home fans against the new boys
Counting down the days
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Podcast 104

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We are now just a matter of days away from the Colorado Rapids' home opener, against newcomers New York City FC, this Saturday, kickoff 2 p.m (TICKETS).

Date change for Colorado Rapids' trip to New York Red Bulls

Now set for Wednesday, April 29, kickoff 5:30 p.m MT
Date change for NYRB trip
Fixture switch
Major League Soccer has announced a match change to the 2015 schedule, which affects the Colorado Rapids. To avoid a conflict with the Gold Cup, the Rapids' regular season away game at New York Red Bulls has been rescheduled.
The match, which was previously scheduled for July 25 in New Jersey, has been moved to Wednesday, April 29 at Red Bull Arena. Kickoff time is set for 5:30 p.m. MT. 

Rapids Podcast: Serna suggests Rapids able to adjust for the opposition

After a tough tie at Philly, midfielder Serna believes his teammates will play as required
Flexible Rapids building to 3/21
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Without a match this weekend, the Colorado Rapids will cast a watchful eye over this Sunday's contest between New York City FC at home to New England Revolution (ESPN2, kickoff 3 p.m MT), which will come six days before NYCFC arrive at Dick's Sporting Goods Park (TICKETS).

Date change for Colorado Rapids' home meetings with Real Salt Lake

Rocky Mountain Cup encounters at DSGP to now take place on 7/11 and 10/4
Date change for Rapids vs. RSL
fixture switch

To avoid conflict with Gold Cup games airing on Fox and Univision networks, the Colorado Rapids' two regular season home games with Real Salt Lake have been switched.

The 7/12 fixture has been brought forward to Saturday, July 11, kickoff 7pm MT (Altitude TV).

Meanwhile, the 10/3 encounter will now take place on Sunday, October 4, kickoff 5pm MT (Fox Sports 1).

'A valuable result, but there's work to do', according to Lucas Pittinari

After Philly game, Rapids' focus now shifts to New York City FC, and the home opener
'A valuable result,' says Pittinari
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Lucas Pittinari at Philadelphia

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Lucas Pittinari was involved in a battle at PPL Park on Saturday, as a short-handed Colorado Rapids fought their way to a point against Philadelphia Union, but the Argentine midfielder feels he and the side will get better and stronger.

Rapids Podcast: Pablo and players satisfied with a hard-fought point

Harrington, Irwin, Mastroeni and Sjoberg look back on the 0-0 draw at Philadelphia
Last word on the weekend
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Rapids Podcast 102

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Saturday's opening game at Philadelphia Union was not pretty, but the Colorado Rapids emerged from PPL Park with a point, despite playing the remaining 22 minutes with 10 men.

Rookie defender Axel Sjoberg reflects on his Rapids debut, as does MLS veteran Michael Harrington. Goalkeeper Clint Irwin put in a man-of-the-match performance, but is keen to cast it as a solid all-round team performance, in trying conditions.

Sjoberg: 'I'm not fazed by much... playing against David Villa excites me'

Swedish defender talks after his impressive debut
Axel on debut, Philly and Villa
Axel on Philly

Sjoberg Philadelphia

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After the 0-0 draw at Philadelphia Union on Saturday, Axel Sjoberg talked to about his MLS debut, nerves, Sweden and the prospect of facing David Villa


What are your thoughts on your MLS debut?

It was terrific to play and even though it wasn’t at home, it was still a great experience. I was very happy to be out there.

Did you expect to start this early in the season? You’ve come out straight from the MLS SuperDraft into the first team.

Pablo on warriors, dogs, red cards and defending

Head coach on the battling draw at Philly
Pablo - 'Everyone was a warrior'
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Pablo Mastroeni

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Rapids Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni on the 0-0 tie with Philadelphia on Saturday.


I could not be more pleased. In the first half we got into some dangerous areas but we did not pull the trigger. The moment that turned the game on its head was the red card. It’s a moment that could define the group. You can either die like dogs or fight like warriors. The guys were organized and fought hard. They threw in their bodies to save balls. Everyone was a warrior.


Report: Philadelphia Union 0-0 Colorado Rapids

Gutsy 10-man Rapids grab a point in MLS opener after Bobby Burling sees red
Report - Union 0-0 Rapids

Gutsy Colorado Rapids ground out a valuable point in their MLS opener at Philadelphia Union on Saturday.

Pablo Mastroeni’s side were up against it for much of the game, especially in the final 20 minutes after Bobby Burling was dismissed, but they rolled up their sleeves and clung on to a tie.

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