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Quick News and Notes

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A couple of quick pieces of news.
  • 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.

Rapids Want To Make Name Signing Next Week

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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.

Camp opened today, where are those "difference-makers"?

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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?

Cronin Arrives, ASG Confirmed

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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.

All-Star Game May Be Coming But Klute Is Gone

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A couple of big new announcements this afternoon. The off-field one first, then we'll get to the big story.

Soccer By Ives writer Franco Panizo tweeted this a few hours ago:
MLS has announced that Don Garber will join Colorado Rapids' Josh Kroenke in downtown Denver next Wed.

A Mustache, A Draft, and a Trade

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A big day for the Rapids with their first "difference-maker" move of the offseason. But first, the look that most say won the draft.

In Mustache We Trust!
Pablo going all musketeer on us this offseason. Well one for all and all for one!

As you saw in my earlier post the Rapids drafted two big defenders today in Sjoberg and Greenspan.

MacMath Loan Finalized

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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.

Roster Review As We End 2014

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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.

As Expected, Busy Day For The Rapids

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In the short 4 hour trade window this morning the Rapids made two trades, then released their protected list for the expansion draft.

The first move was acquiring Michael Harrington from Portland for allocation money. Harrington is a 28 year old right back who can play on the left as well.

Rapids Make Roster Moves

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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.

Rapids Add Caleb Calvert From Chivas USA Dispersal Draft

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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.

End Of Season Roster Review

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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.

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All-Star Game Announced

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As expected the big announcement at Union Station today was the All-Star Game coming to Colorado. Here's what we know so far:

  • Date: Wed. July 29th
  • Time: 7pm
  • Location: DSG Park
  • TV: Fox Sports 1, UniMas, TSN, and RDS2
  • All-Star Coach: Pablo Mastroeni and his mustache
  • Chipotle MLS Homegrown Players Game also returns this year
What we don't yet know:
  • Opponent, other than an "elite international club" and almost confirmed that it won't be Arsenal (it was mentioned at the event that they're scheduled to be in China this summer)
  • Schedule of the Homegrown game
  • Ticket cost and availability, other than Rapids season-ticket holders will get first shot
A couple of interesting snippets from the press conference:
  • There was a bid process to get the game, which Colorado won.

MacMath to Colorado?

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The following tweets made the rounds today:
Steven Goff @SoccerInsider · 4h4 hours ago Getting word goalkeeper-heavy @PhilaUnion preparing to trade @ZacMacMath (95 league starts past 3 years) to @ColoradoRapids
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Kevin Kinkead @KevinKCBS3 · 4h4 hours ago
RE: the Goff report, I've heard it may be a loan to Colorado.

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Greenspan and The Rapids Take the Longview

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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..

Colorado set to host 2015 MLS All-Star Game

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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.

Breaking Down the 2015 Philadelphia Union Schedule

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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.

2015 Schedule Released

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MLS released the 2015 schedule yesterday. A quick rundown of the Rapids.

*We start, as previously announced, on the road in Philly on March 7th. We then have a bye week before our home opener against NYCFC on March 21st.

*Our other bye weeks are June 13th and 14th, Sept. 5th and 6th (though we play midweek on the 9th), and Oct.

OFFICIAL: 2015 Philadelphia Union schedule released

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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.

MLS Announce 2015 Opening Fixtures

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Just in time for Christmas, Major League Soccer has released the home openers for 2015 season.

The new season kicks off on March 6 when MLS Cup winners the LA Galaxy will entertain the Chicago Fire at the StubHub Center.

The opening weekend sees MLS's two expansion franchises play each other as Orlando City SC will host New York City FC at the Citrus Bowl on Sunday, March 8.

Lee Nguyen, Landon Donovan And Thierry Henry Named To MLS Best X

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Retiring stars Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry were named to Major League Soccer's annual Best XI squad on Tuesday, as was New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen.

This is the seventh time in his career that Donovan has been named to the Best XI, breaking a tie with MLS veteran Dwayne De Rosario for the most of any player in league history.

Lee Nguyen, Landon Donovan And Thierry Henry Named To MLS Best X

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Retiring stars Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry were named to Major League Soccer's annual Best XI squad on Tuesday, as was New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen.

This is the seventh time in his career that Donovan has been named to the Best XI, breaking a tie with MLS veteran Dwayne De Rosario for the most of any player in league history.

Two Academy defenders called up to U-16 camp

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A pair of defenders from the Philadelphia Union Academy are going to France for a week-long U.S. Under-16 camp.

Andrew Aprahamian and Mathew Real will be representing the Philadelphia Union Academy in Europe next week when they join up with the U.S. Under-16 boys' national team camp in Clairefontaine, France.

Scoreboard watcher: MLS Playoffs viewing guide and open thread for D.C. United fans

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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.

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Ex-Rev Castillion Lands in Romania

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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.

Revs Open Preseason Camp on 1/22

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Preparations for the 2015 season will officiallycommence for the New England Revolutionon Jan. 22 when they kick off their preseason camp at Gillette Stadium.

The club will spend its four days of camp in Foxborough before departing for on Jan.

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Portland Timbers release full 2015 MLS match schedule

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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.

5 Union & MLS thoughts

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Five thoughts on the Union and MLS, running through the Zac MacMath deal, the lack of Union acquisitions so far, and the management messes with both New York clubs. PSP's Dan Walsh runs it down.

What the Zac MacMath loan means for the Philadelphia Union

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With Zac MacMath heading to the Colorado Rapids on loan for the 2015 season, it's worth looking into what that will mean for the Philadelphia Union in 2015 - and beyond.

The times, they are a-changin.

Zac MacMath, the goalkeeper who holds every single goalkeeping record for the Philadelphia Union, is heading to the Colorado Rapids on loan for the 2015 season.

OFFICIAL: Zac MacMath loaned to Colorado Rapids

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The Union's longest-tenured goalkeeper is sent on a loan deal to the Colorado Rapids.

Zac MacMath will spend First Kick 2015 at PPL Park - with the Colorado Rapids.

The Philadelphia Union confirmed today that MacMath is going on loan with the Rapids for the 2015 season. According to the Union's press release:

The Union receive the Rapids' lowest 2015 MLS SuperDraft second round pick in exchange for the loan of MacMath.

Zac MacMath heading to Colorado?

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Tweets from Steven Goff and Kevin Kinkead indicate Zac MacMath could be headed to the Colorado Rapids.

The goalkeeper situation with the Philadelphia Union could be getting a bit clearer in the very near future, according to Steven Goff and Kevin Kinkead.

Getting word goalkeeper-heavy @PhilaUnion preparing to trade @ZacMacMath (95 league starts past 3 years) to @ColoradoRapids

— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) January 5, 2015

RE: the Goff report, I've heard it may be a loan to Colorado.

You Be The GM: Should Michael Lahoud Start, Stay Or Go?

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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?

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The day of reckoning is at hand

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Will it ever end?

Zac MacMath was sent on loan to the Colorado Rapids earlier this week. That's bad. That's so, so bad.

The move will be beneficial for Zac, who has a good chance of starting at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. But for us--those of us still trapped in Philly--this is an unmitigated disaster.

First News Of 2015

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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.

One Last Batch Of Pre-Holiday News

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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).

Rapids Lose Two, Gain One In Today's Drafts

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MLS had two drafts today, the expansion draft for NYCFC and Orlando and the Waiver Draft for all the waived players in the league.

In the expansion draft the Rapids, surprisingly, lost two players including the 3rd overall pick in Tony Cascio to Orlando. Colorado pulled Marc Burch off the table after Cascio was selected.

Go Revs!

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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.

Why I Renewed My Season Tickets

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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.

2014 Player Of The Year

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I'm a little late getting to this, but I need a break after he way the season ended. Reviewing my Man of the Match awards:

1 award - Berner, Jose Mari, Nasco, Piermayr, Torres, the fans (the Mother's Day blizzard loss to Chivas USA), and the fan who paid for the plane at the final game

2 awards - Buddle, Eloundou, Moor, Sanchez

3 awards - Irwin, Powers, Serna

5 awards - Brown

Well, that makes this decision easy, and right in line with my gut feeling.

Say Ciao To Jersey Sponsorship?

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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.