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Foot of snow? Colorado Rapids just cannot catch a break

Mar 7, 2013, 10:14 AM EDT

DSG Park

What, did they build DSG Park on ancient burial grounds or something? Because the Colorado Rapids cannot catch a break right now.

Oscar Pareja’s team left a pretty fair account on the field last week, as his reconstructed roster – a little more technical know-how, a little less ball-winning force, all the better for the way this regime wants to play – pressed Dallas in a 1-0 loss in Texas.

That was especially encouraging considering two of the Rapids most important attackers, Martin Rivero and Jaime Castrillon, are injured and nowhere close to getting back on the field.



But the Rapids are now back in friendlier Colorado for their own home opener, about to face a young Philadelphia team  … and now this!

A late-winter storm is bearing down on the Rockies, and things could get seriously ugly. The word “Blizzard” is being thrown around – and those are hardly the best conditions for the shorter-passing game Colorado would prefer to play.

Pareja, for his part, does seem unfazed:

We’re in Colorado. That’s the nature of our weather, and we deal with it.”

Selfishly, I have to say, the thought of breaking out the orange soccer balls always adds a little pep in my soccer step. Of course, I’m not one of the poor souls with tickets, about to go sit out in the white, fluffy stuff.

They are talking about a foot of snow, by the way. A foot!

  1. wfjackson3 - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Remember that foolish argument that everyone likes to throw around about restructuring the MLS schedule? If we had been playing 2 weeks ago, SKC would have been in 18″ of snow. I think this season started about two weeks too early to avoid this kind of event.

    • Steve Davis - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      Thank you. I like to make this argument during EVERY winter snowstorm. But I know people get tired of ME banging that drum; so I appreciate you doing it for me.

      • wfjackson3 - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:01 PM

        No problem. After 10 days or whatever it has been, we are just starting to see the ground again. This happens around this time of the year at least 1 time every 3 or 4 years.

  2. sluggo271 - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Oh come on!!!! People watch NFL games in snow for four hours all the time! A two hour soccer game is no big deal.
    Oh no…it’s raining better call the game….man up!!

    • charliej11 - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      What are you talking about, I do man up for a football game….
      We are talking soccer and it is better in the summer.

  3. tylerbetts - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Keep in mind, this could be the conditions for the Costa Rica game.

  4. charliej11 - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    The only people that want MLS to switch to the winter don’t attend MLS games.
    By definition they aren’t very smart.

    Nothing better than a tailgating, in shorts, before a Sounder’s victory.

  5. ktasay - Mar 7, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    MLS needs to schedule the early season games for the snow-likely teams (RSL, CR, etc…) in warmer areas (Houston, Dallas, California…). Then reverse it for mid-summer games.

    Downside is it would mean some long stretches of away games for some teams. Using RSL as an example this year – 4 of first 5 games are away, and the only home game is against the Rapids during rivalry week.

  6. ramblingalb - Mar 7, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Brilliant, nothing warm weather teams want more is a month long homestand in March, while cold weather teams get 2/3rd’s of their summer games at home.

    It’s a business. Teams are going to get 50/50 games at home and away in all times of year. It’s not fair otherwise.

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