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Mid-day Ticker: Rapids' Pickens out for the season; Fellaini sidelined; and more


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Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens will see his 75-match appearance streak end due to a groin injury that will force him out of the club’s final two matches.

Pickens had the longest active streak in MLS before getting injured in Saturday’s game against San Jose. He was replaced in the 69th minute by Stew Ceus.

Rapids coach Oscar Pareja said he doesn’t expect Pickens to play any more this season and will go with Ceus or Ian Joyce in goal the rest of the way for the Rapids, who are out of playoff contention.

Pickens, 30, has a career high 107 saves this season. He also has the record for most consecutive matches played in Rapids’ history.

Here are some more soccer stories making the rounds:


Everton forward Marouane Fellaini has been ruled out of Belgium’s World Cup qualifiers against Serbia and Scotland, and will miss three weeks with a knee injury.

Fellaini was injured in Saturday’s match with Wigan and according to the Belgian Football Association website, suffered a small tear at the juncture between the muscle and tendon.

He’ll miss the international matches plus a league match at Queens Park Rangers and possibly the Liverpool derby Oct. 28.


FC Barcelona defender Dani Alves will miss three weeks with a left thigh injury suffered against Real Madrid in last weekend’s Clasico, and his replacement could very well be Martin Montoya.

Alves will also miss Brazil’s friendlies against Iraq in Sweden and Japan in Poland this coming week.

Montoya is in his first season with the first team and has started three matches and appeared in 15 since joining Barca. The club is 11-2-2 with Montoya on the pitch.


Mick McCarthy is the lead candidate to replace fired manager Owen Coyle at Bolton, according to a report from England. 

McCarthy has led two clubs out of the League Championship into the English Premier League, Wolverhampton and Sunderland. Other candidates for the Wanderers job include former Manchester United players Roy Keane and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Bolton seeks a return to the EPL to improve its financial situation but is currently 10 points away from promotion after it was relegated to the Championship last season.


The Seattle Sounders-Real Salt Lake match on Oct. 17 at CenturyLink Field has been picked up for a national telecast on the NBC Sports Network. It will kick off at 10 p.m. ET.

At present, RSL and Seattle are in second and third place in the Western Conference, so this is an important match for playoff seeding. It is the only MLS match being played on that day.

  • ben in el cajon

    Well, players get benched and then ‘moved on’ for sucky performances. See the file “Ream, Tim.” And Coyle was dispensable because the team has lost many, many games. Coaches matter; therefore changing a coach can help a team.


  • USAHammerFan

    You can’t replace 20+ crappy players. Swapping a coach to make a difference is cheaper and easier. It is the nature of coaching in every professional league in the world. (and major college sports in the US as well)


  • MidWest Ref

    Pickens was at 75 matches; Friedel was at 310 in the EPL. Puts the enormity of Big Brad’s accomplishment in more perspective.


  • Nytshade

    I’m stoked about the SFC/RSL match being picked up by NBCSN. It shows some commitment from the new partner to step up for opportunities to showcase the league. Hopefully a good sign for next year. Perhaps more games being shown than originally contracted? Not to mention it will be a great match.


  • biff

    can you please link that, bryan? it seems mighty quiet out there right now compared to all the reports and videos gushing out during the Jamaica week in September. is this the calm before the storm?


  • El paso, tx- soccer love

    Nbc abc and local fox should all show mls games in the future starting next season, especially the playoffs games. Espn, fox soccer channel and nbc sports should do more season games and the interesting matches go to local tv such as nbc, fox and abc. maybe in the future teams will sell their tv rights like seattle to nbc, galaxy to abc, news york red bull and cosmos to abc, something like that or west conference to abc and fox and east conference to nbc and cbs. The conference tv rights would be good for the league but cbs needs to jump in. I have always thought cbs would do good with soccer due to their college personality they have . Then let them fight for the mls cup rights like the super bowl.


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