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The Colorado Rapids are an American professional males’s soccer team, based in the Denver residential area of Commerce City, Colorado. The Rapids compete in Major League Soccer, as a member of the Western Conference in the league. The franchise began play in 1996 as one of the charter clubs in MLS.
Colorado have won the MLS Cup in 2010, in their second MLS Cup look. The first appearance remained in 1997, losing to D.C. United. They were also runners up of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in the 1999 tournament, where they lost to the Rochester Raging Rhinos, being the last time a non-MLS team has actually won the tournament. The Rapids play their home games at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City since its opening in the 2007 season.
The Rapids’ image has progressed a great deal since their inaugural year. The team has undergone 2 total re-brandings. Initially utilizing green as the main uniform color, the team changed to black and blue for the 2003 season.
As Colorado were preparing to move into Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for the 2007 season, the club re-invented themselves again to more closely line up with the DNA and color pattern of other KSE groups, altering their colors to burgundy and blue, and developing a brand new guard logo design to fit in with more traditional global soccer marks.
Colorado has actually had three logos in their history. They originally first used the “river” logo as their main crest with the “circular” logo as a secondary one. In 2002, the two logos would switch, with the “circular” one ending up being the primary. For the 2007 re-branding, the Rapids developed the brand-new shield-style logo, which is the one that is currently utilized today.
The initial look of the Rapids sported a predominantly white package with green trim, when the club’s uniform provider was Puma. Other small colors such as gold and blue were periodically integrated, with the club’s association with Reebok. Eventually black ended up being more heavily used and ultimately overtook white as the more dominant color that accompanied the green, when the club switched to Kappa.
The Rapids went through an image change prior to the 2003 season. Following the club’s switch to Atletica, the uniform colors changed to black and blue vertical stripes, much like the uniforms worn by Italian Serie A club Inter Milan. The blue and black vertical stripes stayed almost the same when MLS embraced Adidas as their league wide set sponsor.
The uniforms underwent one last change for the 2007 season. The Rapids now sport burgundy(# 92032e) and sky blue(# 99bfdc) as their primaries. The Colorado Rapids also have a brand new third uniform, consisting of a white shirt, white socks and burgundy shorts.
The Rapids’ home jersey for 2013 featured the very same burgundy primary color and featured the names of all season ticket holders imprinted in the fabric. The Rapids also had a special away jersey for the 2013 season, featuring the colors of the Colorado state flag.
The club’s use of burgundy led to Scottish pop band Little Eye, fronted by the bro of Rapids player Jamie Smith, composing a tune about the team called “Burgundy Sky”, which is now utilized as the Rapids official anthem.
The Colorado Rapids were the last existing MLS club to make a paid sponsorship offer on the front of their jerseys. In May 2014, the club announced a five-year sponsorship deal with Ciao Telecom. In October 2014, the Rapids sued Ciao for missed payments and quietly disassociated from the company. The club later reached an agreement with Transamerica as a t-shirt sponsor for two seasons starting in 2015. The Rapids then extended their arrangement with Transamerica in March 2016 to go through the 2019 season.