History

Colorado Rapids

1996 - present

Nicknames: Rapids

Trophies

MLS Cup 2010

Stadium: Dick's Sporting Goods Park

Owner: Stan Kroenke

Current Roster

The Colorado Rapids are one of the founding member of MLS, with the franchise playing in the Western Conference since the league's inaugural season in 1996. The side played its home games at Denver's Mile High Stadium from 1996-2007. In 2007, they moved to Dick's Sporting Goods Park, their soccer-specific stadium located in suburban Commerce City. 

The Rapids logo is one that has changed markedly since their inaugural year in 1996, with the franchise rebranding twice in its first 11 years of existence. Green and white were the initial primary colors of the Rapids kits, however in 2003 that changed to black and blue stripes. In 2007 Colorado rebranded again, changing their colors to burgundy and blue.

The original Rapids badge consisted of a river flowing through the middle of the Colorado Rapids name with an image of the Rocky Mountains in the background. That was replaced by a circular logo which had a soccer ball at the center with the team name emblazoned around the outside of the circle. For the 2007 rebranding the Rapids created their current shield logo, with the burgundy and blue colors and mountain imagery featured prominently.

The side won its first ever trophy in 2010, when head coach Gary Smith led the team to an extra-time victory over FC Dallas at MLS Cup in Toronto. The Rapids had reached the MLS Cup final in 1997 and the US Open Cup final in 1999, losing on both occasions.

Notable Players

  •  Marcelo Balboa
  •  Shaun Bartlett
  •  Kyle Beckerman
  •  Nat Borchers
  •  Paul Bravo
  •  Joe Cannon
  •  Mark Chung
  •  Colin Clark
  •  Terry Cooke
  •  Bouna Coundoul
  •  Robin Fraser
  •  Cory Gibbs
  •  Marcus Hahnemann
  •  Chris Henderson
  •  Ugo Ihemelu
  •  Aitor Karanka
  •  Jovan Kirovski
  •  Anders Limpar
  •  Jacob Peterson
  •  John Spencer
  •  Steve Trittschuh
  •  Carlos Valderrama
  •  Chris Woods

Notable Coaches

  • Bob Houghton, 1996
  • Roy Wegerle, 1996 (interim)
  • Glenn Myernick, 1997-2000
  • Tim Hankinson, 2001-2004
  • Fernando Clavijo, 2005-2008
  • Gary Smith, 2008-2011
  • Oscar Pareja, 2012-2013
  • Pablo Mastroeni, 2014-present

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