Denver, CO - Recent polling in Colorado reveals that the Major League Soccer team, The Colorado Rapids, are about as well known as actual whitewater rapids in the state. The Nutmeg News canvased different neighborhoods in the Denver area to gauge whether or not the residents of Denver even knew that they had a soccer team at all and received the following responses.
"Are you here to talk about the Broncos?" - James Randolph- Littleton, CO
"Peyton Manning is GOD!" - Steven Kenniworth - Parker, CO
"Soccer is for kids that can't make it as a defensive lineman." Ed Parenti - Highlands Ranch, CO
"I went to the stadium once for a Kenny Chesney concert." - Peter Northcutt - Denver, CO
"Hell yes I want a trip to go run some Rapids. Oh, what? No, I'm busy that weekend." - Gary Kimbell - Cherry Creek, CO
"Soccer? I love the sport. My team? Real Madrid!" - Andy Williamson - (LoDo) Denver, CO
Out of the 100 people that we spoke with that did indicate a love for the game of soccer, TNN asked those soccer lovers to name 11 Colorado Rapids players. Only five named a current player with 10 naming former player Pablo Mastroeni. When informed that the only team in Colorado to win a championship in the last 14 years was the Rapids, the response overwhelmingly was "Well, It's only soccer. It doesn't count."
TNN reached out to Stan Kroenke, owner of the Rapids, and received the following response, "I own the Colorado Rapids?"