Sunday Rapids Linkdump 6/3

COMMERCE CITY, CO - MAY 26: Jeff Larentowicz #4 of the Colorado Rapids celebrates his goal on a penalty shot with Martin Rivero #10 of the Colorado Rapids in the 18th minute to tie the score 1-1 with the Montreal Impact at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on May 26, 2012 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Even without any MLS games for our Rapids (or many other teams!) this week, there has still been a ton of soccer action with the U.S. Open Cup matches, and the US National Team.

The week saw the Colorado Rapids beat the Tampa Bay Rowdies in US Open Cup action, while nearly every other MLS Team, including Real Salt Lake, lost to a 'weaker' side. Our Colorado Rapids will next travel east on I-70 to take on Sporting Kansas City in the next round of US Open Cup.

Keep reading after the jump for your weekly link round up of interesting Rapids and MLS news!

Colorado Rapids Links

Colorado and KC Once Again Meet in Elimination Round

A quick history of Colorado and KC's matches against each other in MLS playoff action and the Open Cup. Hopefully we can avenge our loss to them in last year's playoffs with a win this week!

Tampa Bay Rowdies Eliminated from U.S. Open Cup Play

A quick game recap from the Rowdies' viewpoint in the Tampa Bay Times. It's great that all these teams are taking the competition more seriously now!

Rapids Player Ratings Versus Tampa Bay Rowdies

Player ratings from the US Open Cup game from the Denver Post.

Rapids' Hill Goes from Unemployment to Leading Goalscorer

I, personally, can't wait to see Kamani Hill starting for us soon! He's already our lead scorer!

Rapids' Mastroeni Slowly Emerging from "Dark, Dark Place"

Pablo Mastroeni's recovery seems to have been a long and hard road for him, and I'm glad to see he is being cautious about his return and taking it slow. It's even better to see that he does want to come back! Great read and probably the best article of the week right here!

Rapids Partnership to Elevate Women's Soccer in Colorado

I really enjoyed the Colorado Rapid's Women game from last week and it's great to see them getting some love from The Denver Post. This article is a great summary of who they are and how they got started!

Rapids Women Hit Road for Three Games in Four Days

Speaking of the Rapids Women, they are about to start a long stretch of games, including taking on 'The Seattle Women's National Team' next Monday!

Other MLS Links and News

Zakuani Set for Return Tonight

The article title pretty much says it all, Steve Zakuani is coming back, and Rapids fans should be happy to hear this!

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