Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Colorado Rapids

A team that has been around forever, in terms of US soccer. The team has never been great, they have one championship, but finished 5th in the west. This continued. The team never really had a great team. With new teams coming in and hiring big players to put butts in the seats. The Rapids struggled to keep up. In 2019, the team set the MLS record for most losses in a row, fewest wins, and goals against. The owners recognized the need of defense. After the manager was fired, the team hired a former English Championship side manager. He brought his former coworkers in and an influx of English talent. Immediately the team showed improvement, beating the 2019 MLS cup champions Houston Dynamo in Houston in the season opener. The club took 3 years to go from worst to first in the west. The playoffs were a different story. The Los Angeles Galaxy knocked off Colorado in the first round on a 5-2 aggregate. Eventually everyone figured out the Rapids and the new coach couldn’t keep up and was fired in 2026. The team shows signs of improvement every year but remains in the bottom half of the MLS. I really just made what I thought looked cool. I love their current logo, and didn’t like the Colorado state flag uniforms they had this year. So I just played around with white and maroon. The collars were one of the first things I brought in, then put some arm stripes and light blue designs on the chest. Not too much to write home about. I wanted to include black but decided against it.

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