MLS Regular Season
As happens to many players when they first learn they've been traded, Danny Mwanga didn't know what to think immediately after being told he was traded from his hometown Portland Timbers to the Colorado Rapids last week. But it didn't take long for his uncertainty to turn into excitement.
The team's 2012 Most Valuable Player could be back on the field on Saturday when the Rapids host Philadelphia in the 2013 home opener (4 p.m. MT, BUY TICKETS).
"I feel good, ready to go," goalkeeper Matt Pickens told ColoradoRapids.com on Wednesday. "I was ready last weekend, physically. I just felt like I need a little more training in order to feel sharper in the game."
Univision annouced Wednesday that it will broadcast an additional 23 MLS regular-season matches on its new sports network, Univision Deportes Network (UDN), including three Colorado Rapids matches.
The first MLS game on UDN will be Saturday at 4 pm MT, when the Colorado Rapids host the Philadelphia Union in their 2013 season opener at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Univision Deportes will also broadcast the Rapids match versus Portland on March 30 and Colorado's game at Montreal on June 29.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Tuesday, March 5, 2013) – The Colorado Rapids and Altitude announced today the broadcast talent for the 2013 Rapids season, with veteran English broadcaster Richard Fleming joining Rapids legend Marcelo Balboa on the call for Rapids matches in 2013.
The Colorado Rapids host the Philadelphia Union on Saturday, March 9 in the 2013 home opener at Dick's Sporting Goods Park (4 pm MT, TICKETS). The Rapids opened the season with a 1-0 loss at FC Dallas on Saturday, while Philadelphia dropped their home and season opener to Sporting KC by a 3-1 score.
FRISCO, Texas - A howler from Rapids backup goalkeeper Steward Ceus handed FC Dallas a 1-0 victory in the season opener at a chilly FC Dallas Stadium.
Starting in place of the injured Matt Pickens, Ceus left his box and failed to reach a speculative long ball from Dallas playmaker David Ferreira in the 11th minute, allowing Jackson the easiest goal he will score all season and gifting Dallas a precious three points over their Western Conference rivals.
Rapids fans tuning in to the live, high-definition broadcast of Saturday's season opener on Altitude TV will hear two familiar voices.
Veteran soccer play-by-play announcer Marc Stout is teaming up with Rapids legend Marcelo Balboa again to call Colorado's opening match at FC Dallas on March 2, Rapids Media Relations Director, David Lindholm, told ColoradoRapids.com on Friday.
It was really only a formality, but one that Colorado Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja wanted to announce to his players as they began the final week of preparation for the season opener.
On Tuesday, Pareja gathered the group before practice to formally announce that Pablo Mastroeni would be once again wearing the captain's armband this year, starting Saturday when Rapids kick off 2013 at FC Dallas (6:30 p.m., Altitude TV).
For most 12-year veterans coming off knee surgery, health and conditioning are the two biggest concerns heading into a new season.
But for Rapids midfielder, or shall we say, defender Brian Mullan, the biggest worry this preseason has been adapting to his new position: left back.