The Colorado Rapids and the Houston Dynamo play this Saturday in an important match up for both teams. Colorado (3-3) sits in first place in the MLS Western standings five points ahead of Houston. The Rapids’ solid start to the 2008 season can be attributed to many factors. Chief among them has been the play of Argentine defender Facundo Erpen. The versatile 24 year-old player can play any position along the backline for the Rapids. He joined Colorado in 2007 via trade after a stint with D.C. United. Prior to his arrival in the United States, he began his career playing in the Boca Juniors youth system in his native Argentina.
Germany club Borussia Moenchengladbach has announced that they will tour the U.S. this summer and that they will play exhibition games at FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids in July. Moenchengladbach will begin a 10-day preseason training camp in the United States on July 13 at Commerce, Colo. Dates for the matches have not been set.
Moenchengladbach will play in Germany’s Bundesliga next season after gaining promotion this year.
Dates for the games against FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids have not been announced yet. When we get them, we will update the post.
The Colorado Rapids had just about the worst offense in the league last season. They finished dead last in the West in goals scored. They also averaged less than one goal a game, a feat matched only by newbie Toronto FC.
It wasn’t just last year either.
The Rapids have played great D for years, but they’ve been plagued by a perpetual inability to score. No goals meant no success. All they needed was a playmaker.
2007 Record: 9-13-8 (4th in West)
Coach: Fernando Clavijo (4th Year)
Key Players: Herculez Gomez, Jose Burciaga, Jr., Jovan Kirovski, Buono Coundoul
Key Pickups: Jose Burciaga, Jr. (from Kansas City)
Key Losses: None
2008 Outlook: Poor
The Rapids approach the 2008 MLS season desperate to give their fans something they have never been able to in the past: a championship. Despite being one of the founding teams in the MLS, the Rapids have never won the MLS Cup, the US Open Cup, or the Supporters’ Shield. In fact, the Rapids have not even made it to a finals since 1999.