Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
4. MLS: Clavijo refutes U.S. rumors, focuses Colorado's quest
November 22nd, 2006 2:15AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

By Ridge Mahoney

Having refuted rumors that he'll be hired as the U.S. national team assistant coach under Argentine Jose Pekerman, Rapids coach Fernando Clavijo has embarked on a scouting trip to South America.

Earlier this month he paid a visit to FIFA offices in Switzerland to discuss his dispute with the Haitian soccer federation, which he claims owes him money accrued during his stint as national team head coach. Now he can get back to the task of getting the Rapids over that final hurdle and into its first MLS Cup.

In 2006 Colorado again reached the Western Conference final by upsetting Dallas in the first round, only to be beaten. Last year, the Galaxy knocked off the Rapids, 2-0; this time, Houston rallied to win, 3-1, after falling behind early.

"It took time for us to get together, to understand what the idea was," says Clavijo, who will visit his native Uruguay as well as Argentina during the trip.

Colorado finished 11-13-8 and just barely snuck into the playoffs while ending the season with a five-game winless streak.

"It's hard to go on the road and play hard and not get a result, or to really outplay the other team and not find the net," he said. "The people who make the predictions never give us a chance and that gives us an extra push. We have used that in a positive way, everybody has."

The emergence of rookie Jacob Peterson, a solid season from Argentine import Nicolas Hernandez (seven goals) and an offensive outburst by Kyle Beckerman (also seven goals) were highlights of the 2006 season. Club management extended Clavijo's contract until 2008, and upon that announcement the Rapids went on a good run before flattening out at the end of season.

Click here for more on Clavijo, including his views on the performance of high-salaried Clint Mathis, who scored two regular-season and one play goal.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
U.S. Abroad: Torres absent from Copa Libertadores final    
After starting both legs of the semifinals, Jose Torres did not play for Mexico's Tigres in ...
MLS honors Rothenberg with legacy award    
MLS founder Alan Rothenberg was named the first recipient of an award that will bear his ...
What They're Saying: Prince Ali    
"[Michel] Platini is not good for FIFA, Football's fans and players deserve better. FIFA is engulfed ...
MLS All-Star Game Takeaways: Kaka carries All-Stars    
Brazilian star Kaka says he grew up and loved watching U.S. all-star games. He finally got ...
ICYMI MLS: Penedo leaves Galaxy, Barnetta goes to Philly    
It looks like Donovan Ricketts could be on his way back to L.A. in the aftermath ...
Video Pick: Lloyd golazo ups goal streak to seven games    
If there is one lesson NWSL opponents should have learned from the Women's World Cup, it's ...
What They're Saying: Abby Wambach    
"I haven't made a decision about the Olympics next summer and I would have to make ...
USL Roundup: Board of Governors meets in Denver    
For the third straight year, the USL has held its annual midseason Board of Governors meeting ...
How does MLS All-Stars vs. Liga MX All-Stars sound?    
With Wednesday's AT&T MLS All-Star Game set to pit the MLS All-Stars against Tottenham at Dick's ...
TV Report: Gold Cup reaches more than 6.8 million viewers    
The Gold Cup final between Mexico and Jamaica was watched by 6 million viewers on Univision, ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives