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Colorado Rapids are righting the ship
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By Brandon Rivera

Turning the ship around is no easy feat. In fact those who understand the true meaning of turning the ship around know that itís not like turning any other type of vehicle around. It takes time, and for the Colorado Rapids, thatís exactly what happened. The Rapids are well on their way to turning things around with their second win in two weeks.

Sunday night in Vancouver, British Columbia the Rapids faced the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, who previous beat the Rapids one month earlier 2-1, at Dickís Sporting Goods Park. Although the Rapids won Sunday nightís game they were heavily outshot and were out possessed nearly 3 to 1. Colorado had 9 shots, 3 of which were on goal and their score came off a deflection from Whitecaps defender Marcel de Jong just before the half.

The Colorado Rapids return home for the fourth of July to host the Seattle Sounders this Wednesday evening with their annual 4th of July Fireworks display to follow. Colorado hopes to make it three in a row (four counting their tie with Chicago on June 13) this Wednesday night. So if youíre looking for something to do for the 4th, head over to Dickís Sporting Goods Park to help the Rapids secure their 4th win and stay for one of the best fireworks displays in the state.

In other sports the Colorado Rockies won three of their last six, losing two to the San Francisco Giants in a three-game series, and winning two of three over the L.A. Dodgers on the road. While Colorado may not have won enough to move in the standings they still made positive progress in probably the most competitive divisions in baseball. The Rockies remain six games behind the division-leading Arizona Diamond Backs and three in a half behind the L.A. Dodgers and San Francisco Giants who are currently tied for second in the Division.

Colorado hosts the San Francisco Giants this week at Coors Field with game one set for Monday at the time of this writing. The Rockies still have a chance to make a move in the division with the three-game series that ends on the 4th of July at Coors Field. Coors Field too will be having their annual 4th of July fireworks display after the game.

The World Cup is still in full swing and while Mexico came out the gates hot beating the Germans and South Koreans they fell to the Swedes last week and lost to Brazil 2-0 on Monday. Uruguay, Croatia, and Belgium, are the only 3-0 teams at the moment with France, and Brazil, being the only 2-0 teams.

This week the quarterfinals begin with Uruguay and France on Friday at 8 a.m. MST, and Russia versus Croatia on Saturday at noon. The other two quarterfinal games have yet to be determined.





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