MLS Regular Season
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).
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).
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).
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.
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.
After the 0-0 draw at Philadelphia Union on Saturday, Axel Sjoberg talked to ColoradoRapids.com 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.
Rapids Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni on the 0-0 tie with Philadelphia on Saturday.
ON THE PERFORMANCE …
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.
ON THE ATTITUDE OF HIS SIDE
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.
The acquisition of James Riley on the eve of the 2015 MLS campaign brought a neat and tidy closure to preseason for Colorado Rapids.
The experienced right-back became the 11th signing of the winter by Pablo Mastroeni and, when organized in formation, they would constitute a very respectable team in the Western Conference.