Rapids Sunday Link Dump 8-5

SANDY, UT - JULY 21: Jonny Steele #22 of Real Salt Lake and Joseph Nane #5 of the Colorado Rapids fight for the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer game July 21, 2012 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Real Salt Lake beat the Colorado rapids 2-0. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

After a month of July that brought many depressing links and news for our Colorado Rapids, the first news of August is some of the best news the Rapids can get!

WE BEAT SALT LAKE!

News and links after the jump.

Rapids, Nane defeat Real Salt Lake to end losing streak

Joseph Nane made a great case for being in the starting line-up more consistently. He had many great shots on goal, including the only goal of the match to give us our first victory over RSL since 2009!

RSL Soapbox Match Thread

Our partner blog for RSL here on SB Nation had a running commentary going on through this game. It's a great read through for the RSL perspective of the game.

RAPIDS REJECTS!

A quick story from MLS about the Rapids' Rejects.

Soccer by Ives Match Review

A short summary of the game, with match highlights to watch.

Rapids "relieved" to finally get monkeys off their backs

"We’ve got to start somewhere, whether it’s with me or somebody else," Nane said post-game. "It’s a relief, you can actually see it in the locker room, everybody is happy. That’s what we wanted."

Colombian Luis Zapata brings attacking mentality and change of pace to Rapids

I thought that Zapata had one of his better performances of the season against RSL. He especially shined on defense in the second half as he really worked to clear the ball.

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