When the major league soccer all-star game lands at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on July 29, about 20 of the league’s best players will take to the field. Unless you’re a serious hooligan or aficionado, chances are you won’t recognize a single one of ’em (and not just because none of them are likely...
The Rapids' home opener on March 21, 2015, ended in a 0-0 tie.
I was a reluctant convert to soccer and had the usual complaints. There’s too much flopping. Why can’t they just stop the clock when an injury occurs? Why do so many games end in ties? The lack of a clear winner, in particular, irked me. In a fit of blind patriotism, I even called it “un-American...
April 2 2015, 10:40 AM
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If you follow the Colorado Rapids, you already know that the 2014 season was, well, disappointing. (If you don't, read "Head Games," my profile of Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni.) Surprisingly, though, the Rapids dismal 8–18–8 record wasn’t the team’s worst news headline of 2014. No, the lowest...
March 5 2015, 10:00 AM
The #PabloStache: When your facial hair trends on Twitter, as Mastroeni’s did during the MLS draft in 2015, you know your follicles have made a statement. —Photo by Benjamin Rasmussen
Read about Pablo Mastroeni's tumultuous transition to head coach of the Colorado Rapids in "Head Games" from the March issue of 5280.
2001 | Dread Head
Mastroeni goes long—very long.
2002 | The Sampson
Someone lopped off his locks, but Mastroeni doesn’t seem to...
February 27 2015, 1:29 PM
—Photography by Benjamin Rasmussen
—Courtesy of Jeff Nelson
There’s an old saying in media and sports circles that goes something like this: If an alien were to come to Earth from outer space and read a newspaper, he’d likely conclude that sports are one of the most important things on the planet. Think about it for a moment: We’ve got the sports pages, the...
—Photo courtesy of Garrett Ellwood
For the 2013 season, the Colorado Rapids landed some impressive talent. In January of that year, the team drafted Dillon Powers, who'd go on to become 2013's Rookie of the Year, as well as Deshorn Brown, who was also in contention for the newbie award. They signed forwards Vicente Sánchez...
July 22 2014, 2:10 PM
This season, the Colorado Rapids had not one, but two players named Rookie of the Year finalists. 5280 associate editor Daliah Singer headed to Dick's Sporting Goods Park to work out with one of them, forward Deshorn Brown. Watch this 5280.com exclusive video for an inside look at how a...
March 21 2014, 11:50 AM