MLS released the 2019 regular season schedules yesterday and Colorado Rapids fans certainly have some dates to circle on the calendar. How important it is to have a strong start to the season to develop momentum. With all the new pieces to the roster, time will tell whether this talent can help and perform well.
March 2: Home Opener vs. the Portland Timbers
Yes! The start of the season! The home opener! And against the Western Conference champs. Plus, the weather could be sunny and 70, snowy and 15, or anything in-between. This game will serve as an early test for the Rapids to evaluate the changes and the chemistry of the squad.
May 11 and August 24: Real Sandy (er, Real Salt Lake)
The home and away (respectively) matches that constitute the Rocky Mountain Cup rivalry. With only two games against each other this year, the Rapids need to take advantage of every opportunity.
April 27: At Atlanta United
The reigning 2018 MLS Cup champions host our Rapids in front of their usually boisterous crowd. The Rapids will be two months into their 2019 campaign, hopefully with some needed momentum to leave Georgia with three points.
June 1: FC Cincinnati
The new kids come to town. Having seen FC Cincinnati play at Louisville City two years ago, they travel well. (Yes, I know Louisville is only 80+ miles away, but FCC has always had robust fan support home and away, which tipped the scales in their favor for MLS admission.)
May 3 and June 22: Vancouver Whitecaps
The Whitecaps made the choice to allow Kei Kamara and Nicolás Mezquida go and now the Rapids have them on the roster. They will surely want to show their former club their decision was a mistake.
July 4: New England Revolution
Ah, July 4. A staple for most Rapids supporters. Those wearing red, white, and blue beware—you will wear the opposing team's colors. But it's also an opportunity to see 2018 fan favorite Edgar Castillo and cheer him once again—before the game starts.
September 29: FC Dallas
Our second-to-last game of the season is at home vs. conference rivals FC Dallas. Will this game be an important pre-playoff test or a chance for one team to play spoiler? Either way, it should be a good end-of-the-year matchup.
Which games are you looking forward to this season? Why?