The Rocky Mountain Cup rivalry has waned in recent years as the Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake slipped from relevance in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference. But expect tensions to ramp back up Friday as the Rapids take on RSL in a nationally-televised showdown.
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Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard this week is focused on his first taste of the Rocky Mountain Cup rivalry, but after the match he’ll shift his attention to the United States’ World Cup qualifying match against St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
At the outset of the season, the Colorado Rapids had modest goals. They wanted to play better at home and host a playoff game. But last week’s deadline-day acquisition of experienced French attacker Sébastian Le Toux signals that the Rapids are aiming much higher.
He wears No. 11, but Rapids designated player Shkëlzen Gashi stepped in as Colorado’s No. 10 in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps — and his presence helped open up the attack.
There’s no doubt that the splashy signing of U.S. national team goalkeeper Tim Howard has created a buzz around the Colorado Rapids. But for a team that has allowed the fewest goals (11) in MLS through half a season, questions linger over how much better the Rapids can be with Howard in goal.
The Rapids posted a video of their players reading a series of quotes. Then they had to guess where the quote came from: Pablo or the HBO hit series “Game of Thrones.”
It’s being billed as the biggest soccer tournament on U.S. soil since the 1994 World Cup. The Copa America Centenario kicks off Friday, featuring 16 nations from North and South America.