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The Colorado Rapids are another of the ten founding members of the MLS. The Rapids history began in a less than ideal fashion as their inaugural season found them not only last in the conference, but also the league. Between the club’s birth and the last day of 2004, the club had four managers (and a caretaker manager).
During this span, the best finish the club had in the regular season was third-place in the conference and a finals appearance in the MLS Cup in 1997. The one real bright spot during this timeframe was the 2002 season when the Rapids added Kyle Beckerman and Pablo Mastroeni. While they managed a quarterfinal appearance, they won several individual awards. In the 2014 season, the Rapids appointed former Rapids great, Pablo Mastroeni, who began a turnaround for the club and would also bring in some formidable names.
The best finish the club had been able to muster in the regular season came much later as they finished second (in 2016), although they did secure an MLS Cup in 2010. They were runner up for both the Supporters’ Shield (2016) and the Open Cup (1999). During Mastroeni’s tenure, they added US Men’s National Team members, Tim Howard, and Jermaine Jones. Despite the additions, Mastroeni was fired at the end of the 2017 season. In his place, the Rapids brought on Anthony Hudson.
- Winners: 2010
- Runners Up: 1997
- Runners Up: 2016
U.S. Open Cup
- Runners up: 1999