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The Colorado Rapids are an American professional guys’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 started 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 competition, where they lost to the Rochester Raging Rhinos, being the last time a non-MLS team has 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 actually evolved a great deal since their inaugural year. The team has actually undergone two total re-brandings. Originally using 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 once again to more closely line up with the DNA and color scheme of other KSE teams, altering their colors to burgundy and blue, and developing a brand new guard logo design to harmonize more standard international soccer marks.
Colorado has had 3 logos in their history. They initially first utilized the “river” logo as their primary crest with the “circular” logo design 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 produced the brand-new shield-style logo design, which is the one that is presently used today.
The initial look of the Rapids sported a primarily white package with green trim, when the club’s uniform provider was Puma. Other minor colors such as gold and blue were periodically incorporated, with the club’s association with Reebok. Eventually black ended up being more greatly utilized and ultimately surpassed white as the more dominant color that accompanied the green, when the club changed to Kappa.
The Rapids went through an image change prior to the 2003 season. Following the club’s switch to Atletica, the uniform colors switched to black and blue vertical stripes, similar to 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 went through 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 included the same burgundy primary and included 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 resulted in Scottish pop band Little Eye, fronted by the sibling of Rapids player Jamie Smith, writing a song about the team called “Burgundy Sky”, which is now used as the Rapids official anthem.
The Colorado Rapids were the last existing MLS club to make a paid sponsorship deal on the front of their jerseys. In May 2014, the club revealed a five-year sponsorship handle Ciao Telecom. In October 2014, the Rapids sued Ciao for missed payments and silently disassociated from the company. The club later reached an agreement with Transamerica as a 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.