2010 Colorado Rapids season

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Colorado Rapids
2010 season
Owner United States Stan Kroenke
Coach England Gary Smith
Major League Soccer 7th
MLS Cup Champions
U.S. Open Cup Did not qualify
Rocky Mountain Cup Runners-up
Average home league attendance 13,329
Home colours
Away colours

The 2010 Colorado Rapids season was the fifteenth year and season of the club's existence. It was Colorado's fifteenth year in Major League Soccer, and the sixth-consecutive year for the club in the top-flight of American soccer.

Following a disappointing ninth-place finish in the regular season, head coach Gary Smith began to revamp and overhaul the roster, making numerous inexpensive moves to sign low-key MLS players. The Rapids were able to improve slightly in the MLS regular season, finishing in seventh place. In the MLS Cup playoffs, the team started to gel. Colorado defeat Columbus and then San Jose before defeating Dallas for their first MLS Cup title. Their win has received heavy criticism, however.[1]

In addition to MLS and MLS Cup Playoffs, Colorado participated in the play-in propers of the US Open Cup before being knocked out 3-0 by New York in the fourth round proper.

Background[edit]

Review[edit]

Preseason[edit]

March[edit]

Colorado began their sixth Major League Soccer regular season on the road with a 1-0 win against Chivas USA on March 28, 2010.[2]

April[edit]

Colorado played their first home match against the Chicago Fire on April 3, earning a point in a 2-2 draw.[3]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

The Rapids entered the 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs as the third seed in the Eastern Conference, despite playing in the Western Conference. In the Conference Semifinals, Colorado defeated the Columbus Crew at home 1-0 in the first of two legs.

November[edit]

The Rapids played the second leg of their Conference Semifinal matchup in Columbus. After 90 minutes of play, the Crew were on top 2-1, meaning the two teams were tied on aggregate goals 2-2. After playing a scoreless extra period, the two teams went into a penalty shootout, where the Rapids would prevail 5-4. Colorado would follow up with a home win over the San Jose Earthquakes in the Conference Final to advance to the Cup Final.

MLS Cup 2010 was played on a neutral field at BMO Field, home of Toronto FC. The Rapids faced off against FC Dallas, the third seed in the Western Conference. The teams would go into extra time, where the match was decided by an own goal from FC Dallas defender George John in the 107th minute. The Rapids would win the match 2-1, and won their first MLS Cup in club history.

Match results[edit]

  Win   Tie   Loss

Preseason[edit]

MLS regular season[edit]

MLS Playoffs[edit]




Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup[edit]

League table[edit]

Conference

Western Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Los Angeles Galaxy 59 30 18 7 5 44 26  +18
2 Real Salt Lake 56 30 15 4 11 45 20  +25
3 FC Dallas 50 30 12 4 14 42 28  +14
4 Seattle Sounders FC 48 30 14 10 6 39 35  +4
5 Colorado Rapids 46 30 12 8 10 44 32  +12
6 San Jose Earthquakes 46 30 13 10 7 34 33  +1
7 Houston Dynamo 33 30 9 15 6 40 49  −9
8 Chivas USA 28 30 8 18 4 31 45  −14
2010 MLS Cup Playoffs


Overall

Pos
Team
Pts
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 LA Galaxy (SS) (W1) 59 30 18 7 5 44 26 +18 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage 2
2 Real Salt Lake 56 30 15 4 11 45 20 +25 2011 North American SuperLiga 3
3 New York Red Bulls (E1) 51 30 15 9 6 38 29 +9
4 FC Dallas 50 30 12 4 14 42 28 +14 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round 2
5 Columbus Crew 50 30 14 8 8 40 34 +6 2011 North American SuperLiga 3
6 Seattle Sounders FC 48 30 14 10 6 39 35 +4 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round 2
7 Colorado Rapids 46 30 12 8 10 44 32 +12 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage 2
8 San Jose Earthquakes 46 30 13 10 7 34 33 +1 2011 North American SuperLiga 3
9 Kansas City Wizards 39 30 11 13 6 36 35 +1
10 Chicago Fire 36 30 9 12 9 37 38 −1
11 Toronto FC 35 30 9 13 8 33 41 −8 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage 1
12 Houston Dynamo 33 30 9 15 6 40 49 −9
13 New England Revolution 32 30 9 16 5 32 50 −18
14 Philadelphia Union 31 30 8 15 7 35 49 −14
15 Chivas USA 28 30 8 18 4 31 45 −14
16 D.C. United 22 30 6 20 4 21 47 −26

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD
4 7 2 1 1 6 4  +2 1 0 1 5 3  +2 1 1 0 1 1  0

Last updated: April 21, 2009
Source: Major League Soccer
Pld = Matches played; Pts = Points; W = Matches won; T = Matches tied; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Ground A H A H A A H A A H H A H A H H A H H A A H H A H A H A A H
Result W T L W W L L W W W T T T L T L T W T L W W L W T
Position 5 5 9 5 4 6 7 7 4 4 4 4 5 5 6 6 6 6 7 7 7 6 7 7

Last updated: April 21, 2010.
Source: MLS Results & League table
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: T = Tie; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Squad[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of May 5, 2010.[4]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Republic of Ireland DF Danny Earls
3 United States DF Drew Moor
4 United States MF Jeff Larentowicz
6 United States DF Anthony Wallace
7 Argentina FW Claudio López
9 United States FW Conor Casey
10 Senegal FW Macoumba Kandji
11 United States MF Brian Mullan
12 United States FW Quincy Amarikwa
13 United States FW Ross Schunk
14 Jamaica FW Omar Cummings
15 United States MF Wells Thompson
16 United States MF Ross LaBauex
No. Position Player
17 United States GK Ian Joyce
18 United States GK Matt Pickens
19 United States FW Andre Akpan
20 Scotland MF Jamie Smith
21 France DF Julien Baudet
22 United States DF Marvell Wynne
23 United States MF Ciaran O'Brien
25 United States MF Pablo Mastroeni (captain)
27 Japan MF Kosuke Kimura
28 United States MF Davy Armstrong
29 United States DF Scott Palguta
31 Haiti GK Steward Ceus

Notes[edit]