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I’m a soccer fan.

In fact, I probably spend too much time listening to the Men In Blazers, reading blogs, analyzing formations, and (of course) watching matches.

My poison of choice is the English Premier League. The richest sporting league on the planet. With it comes multi-million dollar transfers, managers with a shelf life shorter than bananas at King Soopers, and the most entertaining/attacking and competitive soccer in the world.

But this post isn’t about the EPL.

Dick's Sporting Goods Field Colorado Rapids

This post is about supporting your local club. For me, that’s the Colorado Rapids.

I’ve come to love the Rapids since moving to Colorado nearly a decade ago. As a fan, I’ve seen the team win the Cup in 2010 and struggle to win a game in 2014. To say the least, it’s been a rollercoaster ride but the constant throughout the journey has been the unparalleled sporting experience you get at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Are you still with me?

Rocky Mountain Cup Colorado Rapids

Ok, hear me out.

It’s Cheap

I’m going to a playoff game next week where I’ll sit 10 rows back from the middle of the pitch with C38 (the supporters group) for only $35.

That’s right. A postseason match against one of the (historically) best teams in MLS history.

The Atmosphere

Chanting. Singing. Yelling. It’s all a part of the experience.

Don’t know the songs? You’ll be able to pick it up right away so long as you know a little John Denver and have been to a sporting event in your life.

Colorado Rapids Fans during Rocky Mountain Cup

The Tailgate

Be sure to get to the match early and head to the south parking lot. There, you’ll find the BBQs smoking and craft beer flowing for the small donation of $5. All proceeds go to the C38 supporters group for future tailgate supplies.

The Talent

This league is surprisingly good.

The MLS has come a long way in 20 years. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not a retirement league for European superstars, although it still happens from time to time. I’m looking at you, Galaxy and NYCFC.

On any given matchday, you’ll find the next big USA player getting ready for World Cup qualification, an exciting homegrown player gaining experience, and big time European players in the prime of their career.

Sunset over Dicks Sporting Goods Park Colorado Rapids Rocky Mountain Cup

I’m not trying to sell you on becoming a soccer fan but if you’re looking for a professional sporting experience unlike anything else in Colorado that offers you entertainment, access, and fun without breaking the bank; support local soccer and go to a Rapids match.

Hope to see you there.

COME ON, YOU RAPIDS!

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Jimmy Conrad from KICKTV MLS All Star game

Jimmy Conrad, KICKTV, MLS All Star Week , and More

The MLS All Star festivities have come and gone. The players are heading back to their clubs and Denver is returning to normal.

Something I’ll never forget about my MLS All Star experience was filming with KICKTV presenter and USMNT legend, Jimmy ‘Conradinho’ Conrad.

Let me set the stage…

There I was heading back to my seat, beer in hand, wondering if I’d see a Harry Kane wonder strike when, from out of nowhere, someone yanked me from behind. Realizing that I hadn’t spilled any of my beer (sweet), I looked up to find Jimmy Conrad asking me something I couldn’t even understand. I think my reaction speaks for itself:

I got to spend the entire MLS All Star game with people I’ve been following online for years. Sitting next to Jimmy, asking him questions while watching the likes of David Villa and Kaka play was surreal. In fact when the stealth bomber flew over Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, I thought I’d lost it entirely.

Between the fireworks, goals and pints of beers, I actually got to talk with Jimmy about state of soccer, our beloved Colorado Rapids, MLS All Star week and so much more.

What’s your impression of Denver and the Denver soccer scene after spending a few days in town?

Bomba Estereo at Skyline Park Denver

Jimmy Conrad – Having had the privilege of playing in the Mile High City for many years over the course of my playing career, both at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and Mile High Stadium, I always come away encouraged that the Rapids and their loyal supporters are closing the gap on the other major sports in town, especially given that they get little to no love whatsoever from the old-school sports editors in Denver, who, unfortunately, control the narrative of what the people read and hear in their local news outlets! Can those holier-than-thou, close-minded guys finally retire already?

Favorite events/memories from MLS All Star Week?

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Jimmy – My favorite moment of All Star week was the stealth bomber flying over everyone in the stadium because nothing pumps me up more before watching a game than a reminder of our military industrial complex!

How can we harness the MLS All Star Week excitement and carry it through to the end of the season?

MLS All Star Game Dick's Sporting Goods Park

Jimmy – Continue to invite people with you to a game, especially those who seem reluctant, so they can see why supporting a club in this sport is different than the other major sports in this country, because for 90 minutes, you’re not you, you are part of something bigger, a community if you will, that is trying to make a difference, both on- and off-the-field, in a positive way.

Why do you think the Colorado Rapids are having a hard time finding consistency this season?

Jimmy – Great question! And if I was a real journalist I might have a real answer for you! But I’m not.

Is there anyone on the Rapids roster that sticks out to you?

Jimmy – Drew Moor. Sam Cronin. Clint Irwin. Guys that put the work in but don’t always get the attention or respect they deserve, except for this year since they all got named to the All Star team, which I was really happy to see.

Pablo. Stache or no stache?

Colorado Rapids Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni moustache

Jimmy – Stache. 100%. We need more personality in our coaching ranks.

A HUGE THANKS to Jimmy, Ben, Kuba, Jon, Rachel, and the entire KICKTV crew. I had a blast with you guys.

Jimmy Conrad and Rachel Bonnetta from KickTV MLS All Star Game

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