2007 Rocky Mountain Cup Championship Preview!

(By Jason Maxwell Founding Member of C10) - 2007 has seen another successful Rocky Mountain Cup competition as Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake (RSL) have battled through one of the league’s best rivalries.

This year has seen the continuation of the Rocky Mountain Cup as a rivalry born named and administered by fans of the two clubs. The teams have each claimed a win in Salt Lake City while the game in Commerce City became the first MLS game where two own goals resulted in a 1-1 draw.

Having won the competition in each of its first two years Rapids fans have also enjoyed their responsibilities as custodians of the Cup! All fans are invited to get up close and personal with the Cup from 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Supporters' Tailgates located at the eastern edge of Lot AA at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Oct. 20.

In the first Monday Night Soccer match in league history the Rapids controlled the first Rocky Mountain Cup game of this season in Salt Lake City. The game remained scoreless until late in the second half but a quick 4-minute double from Roberto Brown and Kyle Beckerman allowed the Rapids to return to Denver with the early lead in the chase for the Rocky Mountain Cup.

Ten days later the teams met again for the first Rocky Mountain Cup game ever at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in front of a national audience on ESPN2. This match was a slower affair with both teams playing their second game in five days. The Rapids took the lead in the 4th minute on an own goal by RSL’s Jack Stewart only to give it back in the 15th minute on an own goal by Pablo Mastroeni. The rest of the game was battled out in midfield but neither team was able to capitalize and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

In late September the teams met on a wet and windy night in Salt Lake City for the third match of the 2007 Rocky Mountain Cup competition. The elements were the dominate force in the game forcing the teams to try to adapt to the slick turf of Rice-Eccles Stadium without much success. RSL’s Kyle Brown was able to corral the rebound of a Bouna Condoul save in the 30th minute and put it in the net for the 1-0 lead. The combination of good defense and bad weather was enough for RSL to defend their lead but they were unable to match the Rapids' previous performance in Salt Lake City. RSL walked off the field having tied the competition at 4 points apiece but still behind in the total goals-scored tiebreaker.

The Rapids hold the advantage going into the final match on October 20th due to the tiebreaker. Ironically the tiebreaking goal was scored for the Rapids by Kyle Beckerman who was traded to RSL over the summer. This puts RSL in a must-win position in the final match as in the case of a draw or a Rapids win the Rapids would claim the Rocky Mountain Cup for a third straight year.

The Rocky Mountain Cup – For The Fans By The Fans: is the official competition website run by C10 (the Committee of 10) a fan-based supporters’ organization dedicated to the intra-league rivalry between Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids Major League Soccer clubs in partnership with both teams. Visit the site for more information on the Cup and the competition’s rules history and latest news.
Tickets still on sale!
Tickets are still available for Saturday's Rocky Mountain Cup clash! Single tickets are available as are the Rocky Mountain News Fan Appreciation Pack featuring 4 tickets for only $49! Get your tickets now for the last regular season Rapids game of 2007 before they sell out by clicking here!