Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Weekend Roundup 8/2 - 8/3

With Queen of the South starting their season and Kildare County FC in the middle of theirs its time for the return of the Weekend Roundup. A little late this week, but its better than nothing. ;).

Colorado Rapids - With the week off the Rapids lost some ground but they are still in the running. The Rapids are 6th in the West, 6 points behind leading FSL (so wrong) with a game in hand. They are 13th overall in the league with the 4th best offense (tied with Dallas) and the 9th best offense (tied with San Jose).

Queen of the South - For my second favorite team after the Rapids I somehow missed the start of the season last week. They opened up with a 5-1 victory in the Challenge Cup (League Cup) over Berwick Rangers. That put the Doonhamers into the second round where they will travel to Dunfermline Athletic on Aug. 20th.

This past weekend QoS opened league play with a disappointing 0-0 draw in at home to newly-promoted Airdrie United. Queens really never looked dangerous in the match. They also have to travel to Dunfermline this coming weekend for league play, but all eyes are on next Thursday as Queen of the South make their UEFA Cup debut in the second qualification round against FC Nordsjælland of Denmark.

Kildare County FC - Kildare County was going for back to back wins for the first time this season as they hosted Monaghan United. Unfortunately much like the Rapids they can't seem to put together a string of consistent performances and fell 2-1. The Thoroughbreds gave up the first two goals, not scoring themselves until the 70th minute. After that they could not create another good chance and in the process lost a chance to climb out of the basement with a win. Kildare County is on the bottom of the 10 team league, 2 points behind Wexford Youths in 9th place. There are still 14 games to play, so there is time for Kildare County to get out of 10th and avoid a playoff with the best team from the lower divisions, with the winner claiming a place in the Fist Division and the loser falling out of the football league of Ireland.

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