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Over the hills and far away

August 22, 2011 | 9:01 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

Colorado Rapids Andre Akpan (center) is surrounded by Isidro Metapan Jorge Luis Moran (left), and Alfredo Pacheco during the CCL opener Aug. 17. (Photograph by Jessica Taves/ColoradoSoccerNow.com)

With a Rapids squad in Honduras for CONCACAF Champions League play tonight, The Tuesday List takes a look at travel distances for the Rapids, and what the team faces in some away games that are truly far away.

Below are the longest trips in the MLS season and the CCL group stage play.

15. Houston, Texas (Dynamo) 1,018 miles
14. Carson, Calif. (LA Galaxy and Chivas USA) 1,038 miles
13. Torreon, Mexico (Santos Laguna) 1,244 miles
12. Portland, Ore. (Timbers) 1,255 miles
11. Columbus, Ohio (Crew) 1,257 miles
10. San Jose, Calif. (Earthquakes) 1,296 miles
9. Seattle, Wash. (Sounders FC) 1,329 miles
8. Vancouver, B.C. (Whitecaps) 1,463 miles
7. Toronto, On. (Toronto FC) 1,501 miles
6. Washington, D.C. (DC United) 1,683 miles
5. Philadelphia, Pa. (Union) 1,742 miles
4. Harrison, N.J. (NY Red Bulls) 1,763 miles
3. San Pedro Sula, Honduras (Real Espana) 1,962 miles
2. Foxboro, Mass. (N.E. Revolution) 1,965 miles
1. Metapan, El Salvador (Isidro Metapan) 2,036 miles

CCL locations are in italics.

After looking at the list, it’s obvious that the Rapids will be spending a lot of time in transit in the coming weeks. After visiting Real Espana, the Rapids will have trips to Torreon, Mexico, and a 2,000 mile-plus journey to El Salvador.

Even if the team doesn’t run down on the road, all the players may grow a bit tired of spending some much time in the respective crafts of Boeing and Airbus in the next two months.

Of course, advancing to the next round of CCL play and the MLS playoffs somehow soothes aching travel muscles.

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