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Comment From Rapids

A Colorado team spokesman said: "There has not been a coaching change with the Colorado Rapids. Fernando is our coach and we are preparing for Kansas City on Saturday. He was running today's practice session."

By Steve Goff  |  August 12, 2008; 3:00 PM ET
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They've needed a coaching change for years. The most under-achieving team by far, in my opinion.

Posted by: BK | August 12, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

new poll? just like the la one?

Posted by: benny smith | August 12, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

That's an interesting series of statements which have NOTHING to do with whether or not Colorado is CONSIDERING a coaching change.

Hmmmmm...

Posted by: DCUInWheaton | August 12, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

seems like a silly statement that doesn't say anything. and it sounds like they forgot the "yet" - as in: "There has not been a coaching change with the Colorado Rapids yet."

Posted by: downtown | August 12, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

If Clavijo were fired, I'm not sure the Colorado FO would even be bright enough to know.

Posted by: RK | August 12, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Why would they make such a comment if they weren't at least thinking about it?

Posted by: TCompton | August 12, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Because Goff called them?

Posted by: RK | August 12, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

if they could only bring Jon Spencer back to Colorado to coach....

Posted by: JE | August 12, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Why would they make such a comment if they weren't at least thinking about it?

Posted by: TCompton | August 12, 2008 3:22 PM
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EVERYONE reads the Insider.

Posted by: jpeace121 | August 12, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

WTF Goff!! Getting my hopes up like that! Oh well thanks for trying hehe.

Posted by: RapidsMan | August 12, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

New poll,

Who will be the first to hire a new manager?

DC Untied
Colorado Crapids
LA Galaxatives

Posted by: Anonymous | August 12, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Long suffering Rapids fan living in the DC area here...

I've been waiting for the Rapids to fire Clavijo for years. I'll get my hopes up when the pink slip has been signed and the interim coach is in place.

Knowing the Rapids Front Office, they're crunching the numbers, daydreaming about how much better it would be to work for the Nuggets or the Avalanche, then punching out at 4:30 to go hit the mountains for a quick ride. Next day: "Wait, I forget, were we thinking of firing Fernando yesterday?"

Posted by: Malaga CF fan | August 12, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

All is calm. ALL IS CALM!"

Posted by: Dave Lifton | August 12, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

surely the awesome, amazing, unstoppable C. Gomez could step right in and be the player-coach who leads them to MLS Cup!

Posted by: Glenn | August 12, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I really never understood what Colorado is trying to accomplish as an organization. Yes, Kronke pulled out the big bills and and got the Rapids a stadium, but it is a stadium with no atmosphere, no supporter's groups, and an acceptance of being mediocre. With Clavijo, it just goes to show that the Rapids don't really care about winning, are not commited to drawing soccer fans to games. So my question is, why does Colorado even have a team? Does anyone else get what Colorado is trying to do as an organization? If so, I would love to know.

Posted by: DC United Fan | August 12, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Somewhat off-topic, but Landon is doing a 'live' webchat over here right now:

http://proxy.espn.go.com/chat/chatESPN?event_id=21921

Posted by: maw | August 12, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Headline should read: No Comment From Rapids.

After all, that response could have come from the receptionist.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 12, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

@Malaga CF fan:

The way things work is, if you move to the DC area from some other MLS city, you switch your allegiance to DC United.

And if anyone from the DC area moves anywhere else, you *maintain* your allegiance to DC United.

There are no exceptions to this rule.

Posted by: Ron | August 12, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

@DC United Fan:

Likely it was just a real estate play to get a stadium built. Once the soccer team shrivels up, folds, or or relocates, maybe they plan to use the stadium for concerts.

Posted by: Ron | August 12, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Once I'm gone, you won't have me to kick around!

Vendejos!

Posted by: Fernando Clavijo | August 12, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

WO! Check Ives' blog for a major move.

Posted by: RK | August 12, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

SBI is reporting eddie lewis is being taken as an allocation to LA, and Cory Gibbs will be taken by colorado

BUT

Gibbs wants to play in NE

Posted by: sib | August 12, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Long suffering Rapids fan living in the DC area here...

Knowing the Rapids Front Office, they're crunching the numbers, daydreaming about how much better it would be to work for the Nuggets or the Avalanche, then punching out at 4:30 to go hit the mountains for a quick ride. Next day: "Wait, I forget, were we thinking of firing Fernando yesterday?"

Posted by: Malaga CF fan | August 12, 2008 3:39 PM

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Having lived in Denver for two years now, I've gotta say, this sounds like a pretty dead-on description of just about every office in town, not just the Rapids'.

It's kind of sad to go to games at the Dick and see such a nice stadium going to waste. My dad and I (both relocated DC fans) go about once a month, and with each consecutive game, the crowd seems more and more apathetic. It's not a very soccer-savvy fanbase (lots of soccer mom families), but in their defense, it's pretty hard to get excited about a team whose ownership is so blatantly accepting of mediocrity.

Posted by: Kenobi | August 12, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Kronke pulled out the big bills and and got the Rapids a stadium, but it is a stadium with no atmosphere

Oh c'mon, it's only a mile above sea level...aren't you exaggerating a little bit?!

Posted by: DE | August 12, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

@Ron

Certainly, Dick's Sporting Goods Park was a play for a multi-use venue (outdoors, medium size, plus a soccer complex that is 85% booked with tournaments and revenue for the next 5 years) and getting this all at the taxpayers expense, you begin to see why the actual running of the soccer club called the Colorado Rapids is secondary to other priorities Kroenke Sports Enterprises has in mind.

As for being fan of DC United, I love watching DC United, I go to 5-6 games a year, but I don't care when they lose. Trust me, love of the Rapids is no longer a matter of choice for me.

Do you really think continuing to follow a dysfunctional organization that doesn't care about its supporters and has never won a trophy is a choice when I have the most decorated team in the MLS in my backyard? I've tried man, but I'm hopeless. Rapids til I die.

Posted by: Malaga CF fan | August 12, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

It's not a very soccer-savvy fanbase (lots of soccer mom families)

That's exactly what they are trying to bring in, and they are trying to drive out the (loud/obnoxious/fun) supporters.

Posted by: RK | August 12, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

are we saying that the rapids would sell more tix with a better team? NE is good and they can barely get double figures. Either the town supports the sport or it doesn't. the harsh reality is that denver like most US cities just doesn't support soccer.

good support: dc, galaxy, toronto
crappy support: everyone else

Posted by: mizage | August 12, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I am sure Fernando Clavijo will blame his players for the rumor.

Posted by: CD | August 12, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Kronke pulled out the big bills and and got the Rapids a stadium, but it is a stadium with no atmosphere

Oh c'mon, it's only a mile above sea level...aren't you exaggerating a little bit?!

Posted by: DE | August 12, 2008 4:19 PM
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Well in, DE.

Posted by: Joe Doc | August 12, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

are we saying that the rapids would sell more tix with a better team? NE is good and they can barely get double figures. Either the town supports the sport or it doesn't. the harsh reality is that denver like most US cities just doesn't support soccer.

good support: dc, galaxy, toronto
crappy support: everyone else

Posted by: mizage | August 12, 2008 4:28 PM

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Maybe the Rapids wouldn't get much of a bump in the numbers, but they might get more fans actually at the game for the soccer, and not just as a way to get the kids out of the house on a Saturday night.

Posted by: Kenobi | August 12, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Not exactly a ringing endorsement for Clavijo.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | August 12, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Steve, I hope you're right and this PR person is just keeping the water clear until the news is official.

Posted by: Bonji | August 12, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Well, umm, just thought of something. Given Colorado's partnership with Arsenal (which they still have, right?), Steve Morrow might be an ideal coach.

Posted by: BigWave | August 12, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Plush brought Gary Smith in as his new coach. This statement doesn't change that. It's just a matter of timing and details since KSE suits over at the Pepsi Center won't let them actually fire a coach like any normal team would.

Posted by: Allen | August 12, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

So Goffy....I guess Murphy isn't such a "reliable source" anymore...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 12, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Making a coaching change at this point in the season would be a horrible idea... for United. Colorado has nothing to fight for, so they lose nothing.

Posted by: AlecW81 | August 13, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

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