Friday, February 8, 2008

Schedule Analysis

Now that we've had time to look over the schedule, let's see what kind of hurdles to the Rapids face this season.
  • There's only one short week for the Rapids. They are at Houston on Saturday May 10th then home for game one of the Rocky Mountain Cup on Thursday May 15th. Other than that they have at least 5 full days off between every league match this season.
  • This year everyone plays everyone else twice, then each team plays 4 other teams 1 extra time to get to 30 games. Our extra games are against Houston and FSL at home and Dallas and LA on the road.
  • The team's longest offtime is over the weekend of Aug. 2nd. They play Columbus at home on July 27th, then don't play again until they take their one trip North of the border on Aug. 9th.
  • May 15th also kicks off the Rapids longest homestand, 3 games in 17 days against FSL, Chivas, and Dallas. 2 of those 3 teams feature in the team's longest road trip, 3 games in 12 days against DC, FSL and Dallas starting in D.C. on Aug. 23rd.
  • The schedule is top heavy with home games. 9 of the first 15 at home, leaving 6 home games in the last half of the season.
  • Based on last year's results, the Rapids end the season running the gauntlet. In the final 6 games they play both 2007 MLS Cup finalists at home, go on the road to play both teams that call the HDC home, and have to go out to NY to face the Red Bulls. The only relief they get is their final game of the season at home against FSL.
  • The closest thing to an "easy" stretch of games for Colorado is right after the All-Star break. We face Columbus at home, have the previously mentioned bye week, go to Toronto, then get KC at home.

And as requested, a breakdown of games by night/day, day of week, and TV coverage (all times MT):

  • Afternoon starts, between 1pm and 2pm: 3 home. 3 away
  • Evening starts between 5:30pm and 7:30pm: 12 home, 12 away
  • Saturday games: 9 home, 11 away
  • Sunday games: 4 home, 2 away
  • Thursday games: 1 home, 1 away
  • Friday games: 1 home, 1 away
  • ESPN2 games: 1 home, 1 away
  • FSC games: 1 home, 2 away
  • HDNet games: 1 home, 2 away
  • Telefutura games: 3 home, 1 away
  • MLS Direct Kick games: 9 home, 9 away


Red Five said...

So will Altitude be showing any games this season?

Jason Maxwell said...

Presumably, its early to know the team's individual TV contracts but MLS requires all games to be on TV so I would assume Altitude would pick most of the Direct Kick games up.