Morning Ticker: Rapids halt FC Dallas, Keegan quits Newcastle and Castillo forced to stay at City

Morning Ticker: Rapids halt FC Dallas, Keegan quits Newcastle and Castillo forced to stay at City

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Morning Ticker: Rapids halt FC Dallas, Keegan quits Newcastle and Castillo forced to stay at City

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Just when you thought you could write off the Colorado Rapids as being dead for the season, they find a way to breath some life into a disappointing season.

Mike Petke helped revive the Rapids once-faint playoff chances with his 60th minute header goal off a Tery Cooke cross to give Colorado a 1-0 win against FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park.

The win, just Colorado’s second road win of the year, moved the Rapids into a tie for third-place in the Western Conference with Chivas USA.

Here are some other stories to get your morning started:

Keegan resigns as Newcastle manager

It was a relationship that has been doomed for a while, but when Kevin Keegan learned that his own club was trying to sell players behind his back the former Liverpool legend decided enough was enough and walked away from Newcastle.

Keegan joins Alan Curbishly on the EPL coaching scrap heap after Curbishly also resigned this week, leaving the West Ham manager’s job available. One coach who doesn’t seem likely to take the Hammers post is Croatia head coach Slaven Bilic.

Castillo stuck at City

Mexican striker Nery Castillo looked set for a loan move to Real Betis, but now that the deal has fallen apart just before the transfer window, Castillo has no other choice but to stay at Manchester City and fight for playing time.

Castillo’s chances of playing for a Manchester City squad that boasts the likes of Robinho and fellow Brazilian Jo at forward are made even less likely with the word that another forward Manchester City tried to send off on a loan is being forced to stay as well. Ecuadorian striker Felipe Caicedo was set for a loan to Hertha Berlin but the German club backed out after securing the services of Andriy Voronin from Liverpool.

What do you think of these stories? Do you think the Rapids can turn things around and make the playoffs? Was Keegan right to walk away from Newcastle? Is owner Mike Ashley to blame for making a mess? Is Castillo in danger of falling out of the Mexican national team picture?

Share your thoughts below.

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