Sorry everyone, my family concerns are continuing so my posts will be sporadic for the near future. Again will dispense with the summary and move to the general feel of the game. This was a much improved Rapids team compared to the Union game and while they dill can't find the net, at least it looks like they know what they want to do now.
Sorry for going quiet, a family emergency called me out of town. I'll dispense with the game recap as at this point I assume everyone has seen the game or at least the "highlights". Getting a point on the road in the season opener is a good result, but this was a poorly played game that the Rapids were lucky to get the point they got.
It's not that playing soccer in the snow is a bad idea, it's that stadiums here aren't built for it.
The Philadelphia Union's match against FC Dallas being postponed due to snow was unfortunate, yet not totally unexpected. It's not the first time that an MLS match has been postponed due to snow, nor was it even the first that the Union played in that had to be held off due to it.
If you thought Silviu Petrescu and Allen Chapman were bad, just wait...
PRO Referees - the refereeing organization who assigns referees for MLS matches - has released its weekly refereeing assignments. Allen Chapman, who refereed the Philadelphia Union's match against Real Salt Lake and called Maurice Edu for a penalty for fouling Luke Mulholland - who even admitted the call was wrong and it wasn't a penalty - isn't suspended yet.
The Sons of Ben have voiced their displeasure with the recent officiating blunders that have affected the club.
The Philadelphia Union have been subject to several questionable calls by referees in their first two games of the 2015 MLS season. In week one against Colorado Rapids, there were the two potential penalty calls against Fernando Aristeguieta and Vincent Nogueira, the hand ball against Dillon Serna, and the red-card worthy play against Andrew Wenger.
Big takeaways from the press conference on March 11, 2015 include offensive flexibility and CJ Sapong being out with a broken cheekbone.
Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin sounded confident in his team, despite a 0-0 draw against the Colorado Rapids this past Saturday. He said he felt like the club had plenty of opportunities against Colorado, and that the club worked on sharpness in front of goal this week during practice.
Fernando Aristeguieta fired a shot from distance that was obviously deflected out for a corner kick. The linesman's initial signal was goal kick, but referee Silviu Petrescu, spotter of the obvious, came in and correctly ruled it a corner kick. The Union proceeded to waste the corner kick.
Based on his Instagram post today the Rapids signed defender Ben Newnam. He signed with Charlotte this offseason but has been in Rapids camp from the beginning and apparently the Independence and Colorado worked something out to get him onto our roster. With the signing we now have 27 players under contract (including Doyle) and 7 of our 8 international spots filled.
The Rapids just announced that they have signed Kevin Doyle as our 3rd DP. I never thought we'd see 3 DPs at once this season and this is a quality third one to add to the mix. It fills a huge hole we have at target striker and should be somebody Torres and Ramirez can play off of.
The Rapids made it official today and transferred Deshorn Brown to Norway's Valerenga. A Norwegian paper says that the transfer fee was $4 million, presumably Norwegian Krone, which would convert to just under $500,000.
Overall this is the move the Rapids should have made. An offer in hand is hard to turn down, though anything lower and the decision would have been questionable.
It appears that Deshorn Brown is on the cusp of moving to Valerenga in Oslo, a team in Norway's top division. A report three days ago from a Norwegian paper said that their managing director had traveled to Colorado to work on a deal. This morning the Denver Post confirmed he was seen at training on Wednesday along side Paul Bravo, presumably to watch Brown.
The Rapids made 2 roster moves yesterday, signing RB James Riley and releasing, surprisingly, John Neeskens. They also released VDC from camp without giving him a contract offer. That leaves us at 26 signed players going into the season .
Well the big news in the last couple hours is that the owners and the players have agreed to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and the season will start as planned. For the Rapdis that means 2pm MST in Philly on Saturday.
Also today the Rapids announced they had signed their final draft pick, striker Dominque Badji, to a contract.
Home sweet home With the bye it feels like the season didn't really start two weeks ago, but we're back and at home finally! The new expansion side NYCFC, starring David Villa and Mix Diskerud, is in town and the Rapids will get their first look at them. Game time tomorrow is 2pm on a sunny afternoon, so the tailgate starts at 11am.
PPL Park yesterday The 2015 season is here! Well not here, its not here for another two weeks but its in Philly tomorrow. The season starts at 2pm MST and the weather won't be as bad as above, though still cold. 'Celo and Fleming will have the call on Altitude. C38 will be having their season kickoff party at the Celtic starting at noon.
Well, didn't see that coming! Colorado announced today that they have made a deal with Transamerica to be the jersey sponsor for the next two seasons. Quite a turn around from the Ciao debacle of the offseason. The sponsorship total was not announced but the team did work through Denver based Impression Sports & Entertainment which is a departure from how the team has pursued this in the past.
To Green/White, Green/Black, Green, White, Blue/Black, Burgundy, Light Blue, and Blue you can now add Yellow. The Rapids new alternate/secondary/road kit was unveiled tonight and its quite...bright. The blue accents and the pairing with the blue shorts prevents it from looking like a FSL kit, which makes it much better than the flag kit from the last two years, but it just doesn't scream Rapids to me.
New signing C.J Sapong has been diagnosed with a concussion and a fracture in his left cheek
When folk say the Colorado Rapids played dirty in the 0-0 tie season opener, they meant it.
New Philadelphia Union striker/winger C.J. Sapong has been diagnosed with a concussion and a zygomatic fracture in his left cheek following a hit he took near the end of the first half of the season opener.
FC Dallas makes a leap this week thanks to Blas Perez, but where do they and others end up on the MLS Power Rankings?
Bye week. For many fans, it's the worst 2 words in sports because it means that their team doesn't have a game. And for the Black and Red faithful, it was a weekend without watching our team take the pitch against another.
In part 4 of our 2015 MLS Season Preview, we look at the Western Conference and which teams will battle the Portland Timbers for the postseason. While Los Angeles won the last MLS Cup and Seattle had the best record in the regular season in the West, there are six teams that could challenge them for success.
Former Real Boston Rams forward Dominique Badji signed a contract with the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday following a successful preseason trial.
Badji, 22, was drafted by the Rapids in the fourth round (67th overall) of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. He scored twice for the squad during the preseason, and assisted on Colorado's opening goal against the Revolution on Feb.
The MLS Disciplinary Committee confirmed what many Philadelphia Union fans already knew: the match officials got a lot wrong during the match against the Colorado Rapids. Silviu Petrescu - the referee for the match - was already suspended for this week's match for missing calls.
After shutting down the Colorado Rapids this past weekend, Philadelphia Union defender Raymon Gaddis was named to Sports Illustrated's Best XI for Week 1.
Gaddis was part of a Union defense that allowed just two shots in total, neither of which were on target. While this may have been due in part to some interesting tactics implemented by Colorado, he still held his own on the left side of the pitch, squandering any chances the Rapids may have had.
Continuing my new Throw Back Thursday thing, I take a look back at the very first home opener for Kansas City, back on April 13th, 1996. The KC Wiz opened the inaugural MLS season at home against the Colorado Rapids at Arrowhead Stadium, in front of 21,141 people (an attendance record for KC that would stand until 2002) KC won the game 3-0 starting a strong tradition of opening the season well, as the team has gone 12-2-5 in their home openers throughout their history.
The Rapids starting XI for last night's Desert Diamond Cup finale:
Irwin Riley - Burling - Sjoberg - Harrington Sarvas - Pittinari Sanchez - Torres - Serna Badji Interesting that Badji and Riley got one more shot with a mostly first team in support around them. The Rapids would only make one change, replacing Serna with Alvarez in the 78th minute.