Colorado Rapids General Manager talks MLS season, fans in stands and expectations

Aug 29, 2020; Commerce City, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rapids executive vice president and general manager Padraig Smith before the match against Sporting Kansas City at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021 MLS season is set to start Saturday, and the Colorado Rapids will throw down against FC Dallas to kick things off.

In preparation for the start of the 2021 tour, Colorado Rapids Executive Vice President and General Manager Padraig Smith joined the Denver Sports Betting radio show with Aniello Piro, Chase Howell and Ivan Buss.

The DSB show runs Monday-Friday from 3-4p on Mile High Sports Radio 98.1 FM. You can check out the archived shows here.

“The club knows what it’s like to bring home the silverware (2010), but I think too much in recent time there is one season in the playoffs and two seasons out,” Smith said of the club. “That’s what we want to stop. We want to bring consistent and sustainable success to the club.”

The club will look to break that cycle this season. The Rapids managed to make the playoffs last year but were bounced in the first round. Fresh off a run to the postseason, many expect the club to build off its recent success.

“When it comes to expectations, you want to embrace them,” Smith said. “They are there for a reason. They are there because people are starting to expect good things from the team.”

As it stands, the Rapids are the 50/1 longshot to win the 2021 MLS Cup.

Check out the full interview with Smith above, or click here.

Be sure to catch the Denver Sports Betting show weekdays from 3-4p on Mile High Sports Radio 98.1.  For those with HD radios, the station can also be heard on 107.5-HD3. In addition to the radio signals, you can listen to Mile High Sports Radio through the MHS mobile app. Plus, all shows are available on-demand in podcast form wherever you get your podcasts.

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