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Revs need a turnaround against Vancouver

By Kevin Koczwara

Things looked like they were finally going in a positive direction for the Revs. Just a few weeks ago they signed American International midfielder Benny Feilhaber. Feilhaber had an instant impact in the team’s 3-2 victory over Sporting Kansas City that weekend. The season was looking bright for New England heading into two winnable games with Chivs USA and a slumping Colorado Rapids.

Since then, things haven’t worked out to plan for the Revs. The Revolution were embarrassed in Los Angeles by lowly Chivas USA, 3-0. Then the team couldn’t muster anything in front of goal for a second straight week last Saturday in a 0-0 draw with the Colorado Rapids. Both those games were winnable games. Chivas sits at the bottom of the heap and in the midst of a re-building year. Colorado is without its two-headed strike partnership Omar Cummings and Conor Casey. The Revolution just didn’t have what it took to get the vital six points from the two matches.

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Why Colorado is Still the Team to Beat

By Ryan Fleming

It is hard to notice the Colorado Rapids. I mean that with all do respect. They don’t have any stand out players or names that shout MLS stardom or the best it has to offer. In other words, no names jump out at you. But again, maybe that’s the point of it all?

The Rapids most noticeable player is Conor Casey. Some might know Casey as a United States international, a rather hulking forward who uses his hard work and body to get the better of defenders. In the last three years, Casey has produced an impressive 42 goals in 90 appearances for the Rapids. What is so baffling is that no one really notices. It might his lack of glitz or glam, but no defender can really solve him.

This season the reigning MLS Champs are 3-0-0, and have forced a league-high eight goals. Now, you can point to their opposition, mainly the newly expansion Portland Timbers or lowly Chivas USA, but you cannot take away that their defense has allowed a mere two goals, while the offensive production continues to flourish. In the offseason, the Rapids added Irish international Caleb Folan to help bring out the best in Casey up front and to assist in help boost the offense production. Despite the oft-injured career that Folan’s can unfortunately be characterized, the Irish forward has bagged two goals, including one in the most recent 4-1 win over United.

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Colorado Rapids Claim First MLS Cup in Club History With Grit

FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids battled into extra time to decide a winner of the MLS Cup. An own goal by George John helped the Rapids claim its first ever Cup. (Courtesy MLS)

By Ryan Fleming

TORONTO, Ont — It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t pretty. But the Colorado Rapids proved to be the bully and forced themselves on the pinnacle of MLS glory with a 2-1 win over FC Dallas claiming the 2010 MLS Cup.

For more than 90 minutes, the Rapids manically forced their way up and down the field and when situations became dire, proved just resilient enough. FC Dallas and regular season MVP David Ferreira tried utilizing their positive, attack-minded game and force it on Colorado. For a little while it seemed as if the Hoops would have their way, jumping out to a 1-0 lead on a quick, line-drive cross that found a streaking Ferreira, who finished brilliantly between two Rapids center backs.

The score stood that way at halftime, but in the second half Colorado became the aggressor.

“It was physical play and the thing with physical play is it’s disruptive, so how often do you connect passes and if that was their game plan, it was perfect,” Dallas coach and manager of the year, Schellas Hyndman said of why his team couldn’t follow its game plan. “If it wasn’t their game plan, I would rather play like the way we play.”

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FC Dallas, Colorado Looking to MLS Cup

Kosuke Kimura displays the MLS Eastern Conference Trophy after his Colorado Rapids defeated the San Jose Earthquakes last week. (Photo Courtesy Colorado Rapids/MLS)

By Ryan Fleming

Colorado has been there before. Dallas has not.

Dallas posted an unbeaten streak of 19 (20, if you want to count its 1-1 friendly against Inter Milan). Colorado had a mere streak of five – impressive in its own right, but not as dominating.

Come Sunday, dismiss all the numbers, all the stats, the “should-haves” and “did-nots,” and focus on the Rapids and the Hoops. No more analyzing the past, but hanging on the present as both sides battle for the MLS Cup.
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Red Bulls and Rapids Need to Build Off of Last Week's Wins in MLS East Semi-Finals

New York Looks to End Wondo and Quakes Miracle Run

By Kevin Koczwara

The New York Red Bulls have made an amazing turnaround from last season’s poor form, abysmal really. And so have the San Jose Earthquakes, thanks in large part to the play of Golden Boot winner Chris Wondolowski.

Wondo’s 18 goals this season for the Quakes were more than half of the team’s total and led the league, the man was simply on a roll since breaking into the squad’s starting 11. But the striker was shut down in the first leg of the two leg fixture with New York.

Newcomer Joel Lindpere for the Red Bulls put his mark on the MLS Cup playoffs with the winning goal in the first leg in San Jose. Lindpere has been the sparkplug in the Red Bulls’ engine this season and his goal last weekend put New York in the driving seat for tonight’s fixture at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

New York should be able to handle Wondo and company, especially if French striker Thierry Henry has finally recovered from his knee injury. The former Barcelona and Arsenal striker hasn’t played in three matches and could be the final missing attacking piece for New York in the playoffs and his presence along with Juan Pablo Angel should be able to push the Quakes on the counter-attack as San Jose tries to score the two goals the team needs to advance.

Rapids Try to Sweep Crew Away

The Colorado rapids set the stage for the MLS Cup playoffs last Thursday with Pablo Mastroeni’s game-winning goal. The Rapids took the first leg of their semi-inal playoff match with the Columbus Crew, 1-0, in Colorado and will look to keep their one-goal advantage in Columbus against a Crew team that has enjoyed success in front of its home crowd this season with a 10-3-2 record.

The Crew will have to overcome the one-goal deficit to beat a solid Rapids team that doesn’t travel well (4-6-5), but boasts Omar Cummings and Conor Casey in the attack. Cummings was a handful for the Rapids in Colorado last week, and will surely try to be as effective this Saturday. The Crew will have to find a way to keep Cummings away from the penalty area and slow his runs out wide that open up space for Casey and the Rapids’ midfield down. If the Crew can’t contain the Jamaican international, it will be another long night for Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum who is filling in for injured William Hesmer.

If Colorado can lock up an early goal, the team will more than likely be moving on to play the winner of New York and San Jose in the quarter-inals because a two-goal deficit is a lot to overcome in one game when Matt Pickens is goal for the opponent. Pickens had a .733 save percentage in the regular season and worked in seven shutouts in 2010. He has been a steady goalkeeper in the MLS since getting the full-time job in 2007 for the Chicago Fire.

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Revolution's road woes continue to haunt

Revolution defender Seth Sinovic had his hands full on Saturday night trying to defend Colorado midfielder Brian Mullen Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

By Kevin Koczwara

The Colorado Rapids continued their home dominance with a 3-0 win over the New England Revolution on Saturday night, the Rapids have won three straight games at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 3-0.

It didn’t take long for the Rapids (10-7-7, 34 points) to put New England (7-14-3, 24 points) in a deep hole. Omar Cummings scored his team-leading 10th goal in the fifth minute after a missed clearance by Revolution defender Emmanuel Osei.

Cummings goal marked the second time in two games that the Revolution had given up a goal in the first 10 minutes. It was a major blow for the Revs as they tried to recover after last weekend’s loss to Chivas USA in Los Angeles, and the team tries to make a push for a playoff spot.

“This is a hard enough place to come anyways, without giving them goals, but it is basic stuff,” said Revolution manager Steve Nicol. “It is not rocket science why we have lost tonight. We made too many basic errors, which just encourages the opposition to come after us.”

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