Colorado Rapids, In-Depth

A Winless March

Trends in Major League Soccer are typically difficult to identify. The league’s salary cap structure, as well as the playoff format, is designed to ensure a level of parity and competitiveness to prevent the same parties from consistently hoisting MLS Cup over and over again. Take a look southwest towards Carson and you will find a Galaxy team, once the league’s darling, still struggling to rise from its stage of mediocrity – Ibrahimovic notwithstanding. Turn north and be reminded of Toronto F.C., a side which ascended from the pit of despair to host MLS Cup twice, before returning to the postseason-less wasteland a year later.

While the rest of the league experiences their relative ups and downs, it is appearing ever more likely that the Colorado Rapids – three seasons away from that mythical Supporter’s Shield run – will continue languishing in the race for the Wooden Spoon.

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Colorado Rapids, Game Recaps

Rapids fail to take all three points against rotated Dynamo side

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Houston Dynamo and Colorado Rapids battled to a scoreless draw Saturday – a result that extends Colorado’s winless streak to three consecutive games.

Colorado Manager Anthony Hudson continued to tweak his lineup and tactics, as Johan Blomberg started his second match of the season in the right wing-back role of Hudson’s more-defensive 5-2-2-1 formation. Newly acquired attacker Giles Barnes made his debut at right forward before an ankle injury saw him substituted for Jack McBean in the fifty-second minute.

On the opposite side of the pitch, Houston’s Wilmer Cabrera started only one forward in a defensively-minded 5-4-1 that saw regular starters DaMarcus Beasley, Philippe Senderos, Mauro Manotas, and Alberth Elis begin their night on the bench.

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