Game Recaps

Rapids shock Galaxy in deserved, come-from-behind victory

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A ninetieth minute effort from Sam Nicholson secured Colorado’s first win in over a month as the Rapids fought back from a goal down to defeat the L.A. Galaxy 2-1, shattering the Southern Californians’ nine-game unbeaten streak.

“A thing we’ve had all season that we saw tonight is having to create our own belief,” Manager Anthony Hudson explained after the match. “When we actually back ourselves and play positive and aggressive and most importantly as a team, when we’re like that – we give ourselves belief and that’s what we got tonight.”

Belief was certainly necessary for a Rapids side that controlled the match from the start, but found themselves down a goal midway through the first half at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

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Rapids Journal

Anthony Hudson’s Tactical Shift Raises More Questions than Answers

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When Anthony Hudson was brought on as the new head coach of the Colorado Rapids, the club’s supporters quickly learned that the Englishman had a penchant for three-at-the-back.

Throughout the first half of the 2018 MLS Season, Hudson cobbled together a wide variety of lineups that fit this mold. The manager alternated between his primary tactic of placing two out-and-out-strikers ahead of three central midfielders (5-3-2) and a secondary strategy that dropped a striker in exchange for additional help in the attacking midfield (5-2-2-1).

Hudson’s three-at-the-back formation was a staple during his tenure at the head of New Zealand’s national team. When faced with elimination against Peru in the 2018 World Cup Qualifying playoff round, Hudson held firm and lined-up his side in the same 5-3-2 he utilized a year before during the Confederations Cup.

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Game Recaps

Colorado, Kellyn Acosta rue missed chances in 2-1 defeat to D.C. United

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Colorado extended their winless streak to four games and D.C. United earned their second victory at newly-constructed Audi Field on a warm Saturday night in the nation’s capitol.

Late game heroics were required by the Black-and-Red to see off the Rapids, who have yet to taste victory since their 1-0 road win against Vancouver on July 1.

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Roster Updates

Badji out, Acosta in

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F.C. Dallas and U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Kellyn Acosta has been traded to the Colorado Rapids, the club announced Monday.

In exchange, Colorado parts ways with leading goalscorer Dominique Badji and an international roster slot. The clubs have also agreed “to swap first round picks in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft,” while Colorado receives FCD’s second round selection. Both teams “will retain 50% of any international transfer value through the 2020 secondary transfer window.”

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Transfer Rumors

Sources: F.C. Dallas deals Kellyn Acosta to Colorado Rapids [Updated]

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The Dallas Morning News reported Sunday morning that F.C. Dallas “is trading homegrown midfielder Kellyn Acosta to the Colorado Rapids.” Hours later, The Athletic independently confirmed that Acosta officially joined the Rapids Sunday afternoon and will be introduced to the media Monday.

In exchange, Colorado Rapids would give up striker Dominique Badji, an international slot for 2018 and 2019, and a portion of the transfer fee should Acosta ever be transferred outside of MLS.

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