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Pre-season

Rapids Lose Finale To FSL Despite Man Advantage

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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.

Rapids beat PDL Team, Plays FSL In Final

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In our third game of the Desert Diamond Cup the Rapids finally got a win, albeit over FC Tucson, a PDL team. Our starting XI:
MacMath Riley - Burling - Watts - Burch LaBrocca - Cronin Hairston - Powers - Ramirez Brown
Riley getting another shot at right back. This group was...not good. Ramirez showed some flashes but generally this group struggled to compete against a PDL team.

Rapids, Revs Draw In Jameson Night Preview

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Saturday night the Rapids had their 2nd of 4 games in AZ, facing off against MLS Cup finalists New England. The starting XI:

Irwin Hairston - Watts - Sjoberg - Harrington Pittinari - Sarvas Sanchez - Torres - Ramirez Badji
Badji was the only unsigned player to start, while we got our first look at our new DP Ramirez.

Rapids Draw KC 2-2, Sneak Peek Of New Jersey

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As I was making my post last night saying we were up 2-0 KC scored twice in 2 minutes to make it 2-2. Starting XI for the Rapids:

MacMath Knight - Burling - Sjoberg - Harrington Sarvas - Pittinari Sanchez - Torres - Alvarez Badji
This lineup scored twice in the first 17 minutes. The first was Torres off a nice through ball from Pittinari.

Rapids Lose To SJ, Get Ready For KC Tomorrow

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Sunday night in Vegas the Rapids took on San Jose. Here was the starting XI:

Irwin Knight - O'Neill - Watts - Harrington Cronin - Pittinari Serna - Sarvas - Sanchez Badji
Wes Knight, trialist, at right back and Dominique Badji, draftee, at forward. San Jose scored right before the break, Wondolowski in the 43rd minute.

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Rapids Sign LaBrocca, Alvarez, Give Burch New Contract

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Today the Rapids made the LaBrocca re-signing official and also announced the re-signing of Carlos Alvarez. I like the Alvarez re-signing, though with how crowded our midfield is getting I wonder if he's going to get any time. Marc Burch, who was under contract, also got a new contract. With those moves that puts us at a total of 25 signed players for 2015, with 6 of 8 international spots filled.

Rapids Sign Juan Ramirez As Second Designated Player

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Long rumored but finally announced tonight. Juan Ramirez has joined the Rapids as their second Designated Player, taking up a young DP slot. Reports are he's already in tucson with the team and will be available for tomorrow's scrimmage with the Revs (5:30pm MST, coloradorapids.com). Ramirez is a 21 year old attacking left winger who joins from Argentinos Juniors.

First Game Action And Ramirez In Town

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Two main pieces of news today but first just a quick update on the Doyle rumors. Most sources are reporting that talks are still on-going but there have been some mentions that he doesn't want to leave until his girlfriend gives birth. We'll see what next week brings.

Now onto the bigger news.

More Trialists In Camp

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The Denver Post's Daniel Boniface tweeted some information about trialists in camp today:

Oscar Montoya (formerly of Abraham Lincoln HS in Denver) and Francisco Flores (Cruz Azul) were in on trial today.
Not much is known about Montoya but Flores is a Mexican right back who was signed by Cruz Azul in 2012 after playing for the Mexican U-17 team in the 2011 World Cup.

Some Housekeeping Notes

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A couple of housekeeping articles today.

US Soccer has released the format of the 2015 U.S. Open Cup. The 17 American MLS team will enter in Round 4 on June 16th and 17th along with the 15 winners of Round 3. Because of this two MLS teams will play each other in round 4 while the other 15 teams are matched up with the Round 3 winners.

Juan Ramirez As Our Second DP?

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Interesting news from the Denver Post today. The report is that the Rapids have signed Juan Ramirez from Argentinos Juniors for a 2 million dollar transfer fee, making him our second Designated Player. Here's what I wrote about him about a month ago when the rumor of our interest first surfaced:
A 21 year old attacking midfielder.

Unofficial: Fricke Signed

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A tweet from Rapids draftee Brendan Fricke's former coach (I'm guessing):
Congrats to Brendan Fricke on signing for the @MLS & the @ColoradoRapids - Adam Nugent believed & believes in you.
So that gives us 8 defenders signed plus two other draftees, trialists Wes Knight and Ben Newnam, Zat Knight, and VDC as possible additions.

Rapids Officially Sign Pittinari On Loan

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Official word was just released that the Rapids have completed the signing of Lucas Pittinari on a year long loan from Belgrano. He's already with the team at their training camp in San Diego. Pittinari is a 23 year old defensive-minded midfielder. With his signing 7 of the 8 international slots the Rapids have are filled.

Busy Day Of News

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Lots of news so let's get to it. At the bottom is an updated list of the roster and camp invitees as we know it.

  • First, the Denver Post's Daniel Boniface tweeted confirmation that LaBrocca signed a new contract:
I ran into Nick Labrocca...he's re-signed with the #Rapids96 and will be back for 2015.

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.

Major League Soccer

Quick Hits: Revs Draw to Rapids

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After suffering consecutive shutout losses, the Revolution returned to the board in Saturday's 1-1 draw to the Rapids in the second round of Desert Diamond Cup action. Here are some thoughts on the locals' performance:

-Diego Fagundez certainly strengthened his case for a spot on the First Kick XI.

Fagundez Scores in Draw to Rapids

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Diego Fagundez scored his first goal of the preseason in the Revolution's 1-1 draw to the Colorado Rapids in the second round of Desert Diamond Cup action on Saturday at Kino North Complex in Tucson, Ariz.

Fagundez struck in the 54th minute, not long after Gabriel Torresput the Rapids on topin the 48th minute.

Looking for a Breakthrough

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A chance to improve their form in front of frame awaits the Revolution in their second Desert Diamond Cup clash, which will pit them against the Colorado Rapids at Kino North Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.

The Revolution are coming off of back-to-back matches in which they were kept off the board, the latest a 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake on Wednesday.

Ranking MLS’ most popular teams; New research reveals fascinating results

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Thanks to a handful of thriving teams, Major League Soccer enters a 20thseason few thought it would reach back when the San Jose Clash and D.C. United kicked things off on April 6th, 1996. We know which clubs have enjoyed the most on-field success, but can we accurately say which teams are the most popular?

Ranking MLS’ most popular teams; New research reveals fascinating results

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Thanks to a handful of thriving teams, Major League Soccer enters a 20thseason few thought it would reach back when the San Jose Clash and D.C. United kicked things off on April 6th, 1996. We know which clubs have enjoyed the most on-field success, but can we accurately say which teams are the most popular?

Zat Out, Clarke In, Rodallega Over?

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Three pieces of news. From least interesting (IMO) to most:

Two tweets today about the Rapids rumored pursuit of Fulham's Hugo Rodallega.
Fulham Football ClubVerified account‏@FulhamFC The #ffc Manager knows nothing about rumours linking Hugo Rodallega with a move to the MLS.

Rating each MLS club’s signings during the off-season

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The MLS offseason is still churning as teams finalize their last transactions and continue to shape the excess of their rosters in advance of opening day, but training camp has opened and the major business has been done.

There's no question that MLS improved in the last two months. Even with the loss of stars like Landon Donovan, Thierry Henry, Jermain Defoe, DeAndre Yedlin, and perhaps the MLS 3.

Rating each MLS club’s signings during the off-season

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The MLS offseason is still churning as teams finalize their last transactions and continue to shape the excess of their rosters in advance of opening day, but training camp has opened and the major business has been done.

There's no question that MLS improved in the last two months. Even with the loss of stars like Landon Donovan, Thierry Henry, Jermain Defoe, DeAndre Yedlin, and perhaps the MLS 3.

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.

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A Tale of Two Halves; Sporting Draw with Colorado

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With two different lineups in the two halves of their game last night against the Colorado Rapids, Sporting KC got two very different results. A 2-0 half time deficit was erased in the span of about 90 seconds in the second half after a red card to Colorado's Francisco Flores as the two teams finished 2-2 in the opener of the Desert Diamond Cup in Tucson Arizona.

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.

The Rest

2015 Portland Timbers Season Preview - Part 4: Western Conference Rivals

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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.

Thoughts As Revs Draw 1-1 With Rapids in Desert Diamond Cup

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I don't put a lot of emphasis on preseason results, but there were some promising signs for the New England Revolution coming out of Saturday nights 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids in the 2015 Desert Diamond Cup.Diego Fagundez scored the Revs only goal of the game in the 54th minute, canceling out a Gabriel Torres strike to earn a share of the points for the Revs.

News And Notes, Feb. 18th 2015

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  • Altitude released the TV schedule for the Rapids season. The only note of interest is the March 28th game which won't finish before the Avs drop the puck and the Nuggets tip off. Because of that Altitude won't show the game until late that evening on same-day delay. You can't really blame Altitude as they get much better ratings for the other two teams and only have two channels to work with.

Hot Stove Season Hots Up

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Before we get to the player rumors, one piece of coaching news. Brian Mullan was named an assistant coach yesterday, Its good to see the team rewarding core players after retirement like this. Two-thirds of the MLS Cup winning starting midfield are now coaching at the club (Pablo, Mullan, and Smith with the Academy).

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.

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.