Dillon Serna and Shane O'Neill made the roster cut for the U.S. National Team's upcoming friendlies against Chile (in Chile) and Panama (at the Stub Hub Center). So while that will delay their joining of the Rapids in preseason its great experience for them.
There was an interesting article on the Denver Post's Rapids blog today. Apparently the Rapids are still looking to make a big signing up front and have set a deadline of Feb. 1st (a week from Sunday) to do it. Quoting from the article:
Colorado is itching to pull the trigger on the largest contract in club history for a big-time scorer, and ownership has approved the money to land him.
Veterans reported to Commerce City for physicals and fitness tests today with true preseason starting tomorrow. Its always good to get into preseason and get the new players integrated with the returning veterans in preparation for the opener on March 7th. The question is, have we done enough this off-season to improve?
Today the Rapids traded some of that allocation money (presumably) from the Klute trade to San Jose for Sam Cronin. Cronin is a 28 year old holding/defensive midfielder that joined the league in 2009 with Toronto and moved to San Jose in min-2010, playing in almost every game in the last 4 seasons. Last year he made 187K so he's a middle of the pack MLS regular.
The rumored Zac MacMath loan was made official today. In exchange the Union get our lowest second round pick in the upcoming draft. Details of who is picking up his salary (or if its split) and which roster he'll take a roster spot on were not revealed. If the Rapids make the transfer permanent at the end of the season it will cost us our top pick in the 2016 Superdraft.
Barring an unexpected player announcement tomorrow here's a quick review of our currently signed players as the year ends. The interesting thing is that the rumors out of the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations between the Players Union and the league suggest roster sizes may be reduced as development is shifted to the USL with the new agreement between the leagues.
It was cut day in Commerce City apparently as the Rapids released the names of the players who will not have their options picked up for 2015. Now that does not mean these players won't be with the team in 2015, some of them may sign new contracts at a lower number, but most of them will be elsewhere.
Today the former Chivas USA players were dispersed through a draft to other MLS teams. The draft order was set through a farce of a random draw where the playoff teams got 1 ball (or envelope in this case) and the non-playoff teams got two. The top 5 picks still went to playoff teams. Colorado selected eighth.
Usually here at the end of the season I go through the roster with my opinions of who are core players are, who we should keep until an upgrade can be found, and who we should cut bait on. Sadly this year there isn't much on the roster that is worth keeping if there's a better option. On top of that we've got an expansion draft coming next month as Orlando City and NYCFC enter the league.
When Joseph Greenspan decided to join the Naval Academy he considered his long-term prospects after college. Like any young soccer player he had dreams of going pro, but he felt Navy provided both great academics and an opportunity to play in a quality soccer program. He planned for a future..
Late last week I received a league-wide press alert saying that Don Garber would be in Denver this week to make a special announcement with some of the Colorado Rapids brass. Some quick speculation went through thinking that the ownership was changing in some ways to the club hosting the All-Star Game this year.
In the mind of yours truly, the Union have been given a poor schedule by the MLS.
I only hoped for one thing in the 2015 season when it came to the Philadelphia Union's schedule and it was the ability to travel with the away support to the Philadelphia Union vs. New York City FC match. Unfortunately the combination of a Thursday and my relocation to Maryland I am incapable of doing so.
MLS released the 2015 schedule today, and while we knew what the first two matches were for some time now (Colorado Rapids on March 7 at 4:00 PM is burned into our brains), the Philadelphia Union fans can start planning for the rest of the season.
Obviously for Union fans, trips to D.C. United on May 30 and July 6, New York Red Bulls on May 24 and October 18, and New York City FC on April 16 are the big ones.
In which we await D.C. United by watching all of the other MLS teams this weekend.
The regular season is over and the playoffs are here, and that means that we move into another phase of the year. Gone are the Montreal Impact, the Philadelphia Union, the Colorado Rapids, and the Portland Timbers.
So much for the high hopes surrounding former Revolution forward Geoffrey Castillion.
Amonthafter he was jettisoned to the Colorado Rapids, who subsequently declined his option, the 23-year-old Dutch striker signed an 18-month deal with Universitatea Cluj of the Romanian First Division on Wednesday.
It's one of the best days within the Major League Soccer calendar - the schedule release date! The Portland Timbers announced their full 34 match slate for 2015, while MLS confirmed national broadcast plans and a revamped playoff schedule that will include six teams from each conference.
If you believe everything you've heard so far this off-season then Michael Lahoud is currently a starter for the Philadelphia Union next year. What would you as GM do next?
No I don't live in Denver. I grew up in Sierra Leone. - Frank Ocean
I'm not entirely sure what Frank Ocean is getting at in this lyric, but considering Michael Lahoud started his MLS career with the Colorado Rapids and was born in Sierra Leone, you have to wonder if this might be one of the most obscure references in the history of pop music?
The Rapids posted the newest episode of their official podcast today, which included an interview with Tim Hinchey. The biggest news to me was the first (as far as I know) official statement that we're looking for a new jersey sponsor. I don't think this is a surprise after the Ciao debacle but now we know for sure.
A few pieces of news to wrap up the pre-holiday part of the preseason.
The Rapids didn't take anyone in the Re-Entry Draft Stage 2, but Marvell Wynne was selected by San Jose. So that leaves the Rapids with one player from the 2010 team left on the roster, Drew Moor (Armstrong is also around but was waived at the end of the season).
I know I've been quiet the last couple of weeks but there's been almost nothing going on in Rapids land. Pablo visiting Karanka at Middlesbrough for some coaching education is the extent of the news since the release of the declined contract options. Next week will be busy though with the release of the expansion draft protected players tomorrow or Tuesday, the expansion draft for NYCFC and Orlando on Wednesday and the first phase of the re-entry draft on Friday, with the second phase the following Thursday.
About two months ago I explained why I hadn't renewed my season tickets yet. Tonight I signed up for 2015, but not for the reasons detailed in my prior article.
My seat since I moved to Colorado has been in 108 with Class VI/Centennial 38. I have a number of friends (and sadly, the Zero who sits next to me ;)) involved in Centennial 38 and the gameday experienced is greatly enhanced by what the group does.
This Denver Post headline does not bode well for the future of the Ciao sponsorship:
Colorado Rapids sue Ciao Telecom over missed sponsorship payments
The article details how Ciao only paid $75K of the initial $80K to close the sponsorship deal and since then they've missed payments of $240K both at the end of Q2 and Q3, with a third payment of the same amount due at the end of next month.