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December 15, 2017 05:01 UTC
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Rapids Trade For McBean

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Today the Rapids traded their 4th round pick in the 2019 draft to LA for forward Jack McBean. He was originally signed by LA in 2011 as a homegrown player at age 16. He's averaged 5 appearances a season for the Galaxy during his career there and the last 4 years made himself a regular starter and scorer for LA Galaxy II in the USL.

Drafts: Zero Lost, One Added

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As expected no Rapids were selected in the LAFC expansion draft yesterday. In today's waiver draft only two selections were made, one by the Rapids with the #3 pick. Kip Colvey was claimed from San Jose. This is not a surprise as Colvey is a New Zealand international who most recently played in both legs of the World Cup playoff against Peru.

TAM, Affiliation, and Expansion Draft

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There's been a few stories of note since Friday, so we'll go through them all in one post.

First, the league announced $1.2 million in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) each of the next two years. They also announced that each team could self-fund an additional $2.8 million in TAM each of the next two years.

Give Junior Agogo Some Love

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This is copied from Centennial 38's page but I'm helping organize this effort (I actually wrote this for them). Show Junior some love this holiday season.

Any long-time fans might remember striker Junior Agogo, who played for the Rapids in 2000 and the first half of 2001 before being traded to San Jose.

CCL Draw, Preseason Plans, and Castillo Incoming?

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Lots of news aside from Hudson today. Taking it roughly in order.

CONCACAF announced the draw for the 2018 CCL today. Colorado will be the one MLS/Liga MX team in Pot B, the other 8 teams will be in Pot 1. Under the competition rules we can't be drawn against an American team in the first round so we know our opponent will be one of Toronto, Chivas, Club America, Tigres, or Tijuana.

Rapids Finally Make Hudson Offical

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What we hope the rest of the league is thinking right now
Fair warning, you're going to have to get used to Bill Paxton from Aliens gifs for a while as there's enough quotable Hudson lines to keep me entertained for at least the offseason. Today Colorado announced what we all knew was coming, Anthony Hudson is the new head coach.

News On Mohammed Saeid

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Yesterday's roster moves contained only one real surprise, the Rapids not picking up Mo Saeid's option. Today the Rapids media director tweeted the following:
We would have loved to keep Mo. A great player and even better person. Unfortunately, due to some personal circumstances, Mo asked for his option not to be picked up.

Roster Cut Day And Hudson "News"

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Big day today as the Rapids announced their option pickups and roster cuts going into the offseason. Lets break them down:

  • Sam Hamilton's option picked up - Easy decision, first round draft pick, cheap, still has time to develop
  • Eric Miller's option picked up - Meh. He is versatile, being able to play anywhere on the back line, but he's not particularly good at any of those positions.

Hudson Watch 2017 Part 2

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The New Zealand Herald has had two articles in the last 3 days reporting that Hudson is on his way to Colorado. The first says the deal is not yet complete but there's nothing that's going to prevent it. The second says that Hudson's assistant and NZ U-20 coach Darren Bazeley is expected to join Hudson in Colorado as his assistant.

Hudson Watch 2017

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The newest twist in the Hudson/Rapids saga hit tonight as Hudson officially stepped down as the New Zealand coach. There's no news as to his next move but all signs continue to point to Colorado as his next stop. I've also heard secondhand that the new manager, whomever he is, was involved in the decision to sign Blomberg.

Rapids Make An Announcement...But Its Not The Coach

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Its our first offseason player signing! Swedish attacking midfielder Johan Blomberg joins the Rapids on a free transfer from Swedish side AIK. Blomberg is 30 years old and until now has played his whole career in Sweden. Blomberg can play centrally or on either wing though reports are he favors the right side.

Clock's ticking

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Barring a miracle in the next 25 minutes Peru is going to eliminate New Zealand and Anthony Hudson will be able to take the Rapids job. Given that we've heard no other rumors for a couple of weeks all signs point to Hudson being the man. Now the clock starts ticking, The Rapids needs to get the deal done, announce him this week, have a press availability early next week, and have him get right into it as soon as the holiday is over.

Lopez Out As FO Shakeups Continue

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The Denver Post reports that Claudio Lopez will not return to the Front Office next year. Smith told the Post that Lopez's contract was up and it was decided to not offer him a new one. This isn't a huge shock. Over the last couple of years Lopez has either been blamed for poor signings or for not convincing the Front Office to make good signings.

Expansion Draft Coming, Maybe?

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Next year LAFC becomes team #23 in MLS. From all expectations there will be an expansion draft sometime in December for them, but oddly there's been no announcement of the timing or rules for that draft. Maybe MLS is going to do something different this time?

For now I'm going to assume its coming and I'm going to assume its going to use essentially the same rules as last year's draft for Atlanta and Minnesota used.

November 1st, No Manager Yet

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For the last 6 weeks or so the Rapids have talked about their goal of having a manager in place by November 1st. Well the 1st has come and gone and no manager and only one real rumor (we'll get to that in a moment).

Now I don't think missing this date is a big deal yet. There's really not a ton a manager could do for the next couple of weeks.