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Rapids Trade For Doyle, Need More

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Today the Rapids traded their 3rd round pick next year to DC for Conor Doyle. Those who have been reading for a while remember that Conor Doyle was training with the Rapids in 2013 only for MLS's roster rules (and their screw-up with Eloundou) to send him to DC without the Rapids gatting a shot at him.

MLS Ticker: Kouassi tears ACL, Espinoza joins Honduras and more

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Despiteannouncing Xavier Kouassi as their latest Designated Player a week ago, the New England Revolution received some bad news regarding their new signing on Monday.

Kouassi has reportedly suffered an ACL injury, and will miss roughly six months of action. The 26-year-old, who is still with Swiss side FC Sion, sustained the injury in the team's 1-0 win against FC Zurich on Sunday.

MLS Ticker: Crew, Rapids, Red Bulls, Galaxy and more

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A pair of teams made signings of international players, while two others revealed new looks for the 2016 season.

The Columbus Crew announced on Monday that the club had signed Norwegian international forwardOla Kamara. The 26-year-old most recently featured forMolde FK in the top flight of Norway whileon loan from FK Austria Wien.

MLS Ticker: Sarvas, Aristeguieta, Atlanta United and more

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While the winter transfer window for some leagues ended in Europe, there were a few MLS clubs involved in the action on a busy Monday.

D.C. United acquired 34-year-old midfielder Marcelo Sarvas from the Colorado Rapids, sending Targeted Allocation Money and a 2018 conditional draft pick to the Western Conference club.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Money talks

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Also just gonna drop a #Birdbomb here for good measure.

Hello, it is the second day of February. I don't have any witty opening, so let's just get to it, shall we?

D.C. United acquires Colorado Rapids midfielder Marcelo Sarvas - Black And Red United
ICYMI yesterday, this happened.

MLS Ticker: Nemeth, Kouassi, Gashi, De Jong and more

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Krisztian Nemeth's transfer from Sporting Kansas City to Qatari club Al-Gharafa drew the confusion and ire of many, and the Hungarian international has spoken out as to why he chose to move there.

In a post on his official Facebook page, Nemeth expressed his disappointment with how Sporting KC handled his attempt at negotiating for a new contract, and signing with Al-Gharafa "was the only way to get out of it.

MLS Ticker: Angelino, Wingert, Sarvas and more

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While a former New York City FC player made his first team debut in England on Saturday, the club also announced that it would be cutting loose an MLS veteran.

Angelino made his first team debut today for Manchester City in the club's 4-0 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup fourth round. The 19-year old made 14 appearances for NYCFC last season, and recorded four assists.

Tim Howard Heading Back To Major League Soccer

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Everton and U.S. National Team Goalkeeper Tim Howard could be returning home to Major League Soccer, at least according to NBC Sports.

The 36-year-old Howard, who has been at Goodison Park since joining from Manchester United in 2006, has been heavily criticized by Everton supporters this season.

Report: Tim Howard might join Rapids, MLS in May

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After Everton head coach Roberto Martinez recently dismissed rumors linking U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard to a move back to MLS, a new report suggests the 36-year-old's future at Goodison Park might be nearing its end.

According to NBC's Pro Soccer Talk, Howard has reportedly held "serious talks" with the Colorado Rapids and is seeking a return to MLS.

MLS Ticker: Hall, Ramírez, Sporting KC and more

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One side is looking for depth at the goalkeeper position, while more signings have been made on a busy Tuesday around MLS.

Goalkeepers Tally Hall and Josh Ford are reportedly training with the Seattle Sounders. Hall appeared in over 20 matches in 2015 for Orlando City SC, while Ford spent last season with NASL side Carolina RailHawks.

Colorado’s on track to become the laughing stock of Major League Soccer

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The 2015 Colorado Rapids were depressing. They finished last in the Western Conference, last in goals scored and last in attendance. They continued to replace young talent with veteran mediocrity. Even technical director Paul Bravo, amidst all the spin, acknowledged that the team was a mess once the ball crossed midfield.

Colorado’s on track to become the laughing stock of Major League Soccer

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The 2015 Colorado Rapids were depressing. They finished last in the Western Conference, last in goals scored and last in attendance. They continued to replace young talent with veteran mediocrity. Even technical director Paul Bravo, amidst all the spin, acknowledged that the team was a mess once the ball crossed midfield.

MLS Ticker: Nocerino, Ramirez, Red Bulls and more

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While one of last season's biggest MLS acquisitions remains in the news over an uncertain future, a European star is reportedly gaining interest from an unnamed team.

AC Milanvice president and CEOAdriano Galliani told reporters on Monday that midfielder Antonio Nocerino is on the radar of an unnamed MLS side, and an offer will be coming in the near future.

MLS Ticker: Jaime, Fire, FC Dallas and more

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Official word of Jordan Morris' decision to join the Seattle Sounders dominated Thursday's Major League Soccer news, butReal Salt Lake lost a veteran in the midst of the frenzy:

Sebastian Jaime, 28, has left RSL to join Chilean side CD Universidad Catolica.

D.C. United

D.C. United trades Conor Doyle to Colorado Rapids

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The team gives Colorado a player for their roster, but who will be taking his place?

Steve Goff first mentioned (and the team has since made official) that D.C. United has traded forward Conor Doyle to the Colorado Rapids for a third round draft pick. Doyle, 24, played 56 games for D.C., starting 19, and scored 4 goals and an assist during his time in Black-and-Red.

D.C. United acquires Colorado Rapids midfielder Marcelo Sarvas

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The veteran Brazilian central midfielder may signal several other developments.

In a trade previously reported over the weekend, D.C. United has bolstered its midfield by trading targeted allocation money and a conditional 2018 draft pick for Marcelo Sarvas of the Colorado Rapids. Before the deal, a source told B&RU that the Rapids has agreed to carry a significant part of his salary - his base pay was $360,000 in 2015 - on their books as part of the deal.

Report: D.C. United is nearing a trade for Colorado Rapids midfielder Marcelo Sarvas

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United may be about to take a risk on a talented but aging central midfielder.

The Washington Post's Steve Goff is reporting that D.C. United is on the verge of trading some form of allocation money to the Colorado Rapids for Brazilian midfielder Marcelo Sarvas. United's needs in central midfield have been well-known throughout the offseason, as Perry Kitchen has opted to pursue a deal in Europe while Davy Arnaud considers retirement due to concussions.

Pre-season

Last Game In San Diego

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In their last action before leaving San Diego the Rapids placed the USL Orange County Blues in a preseason scrimmage.

Starting XI:

(t) - Trialist
(d) - Draftee

Calvert Solignac - Powers - Ekra(t) Azira - Kamdem(d) Williams - Sjoberg - Burling - Castillo(d) MacMath
The game was played as 3 30 minute periods.

First Action Of The Preseason

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The Rapids played their first "real" scrimmage today against Seongnam FC of South Korea. Here's the lineup for the first half (assuming we stuck with the 4-2-3-1 we've been using):

(t) - Trialist
(d) - Draftee

Calvert Pfeffer - Ekra(t) - Badji Watts - Cronin Castillo(d) - Burling - Sjobeg - Kamdem(d) Froschauer(d)
At halftime it was 1-1 with this goal from Ekra:


Full substitutions in the second half:

Doyle Solignac - Powers - Ownby(t) Azira - Appiah(d) Burch - Torre(d) - Keel(t) - Hairston MacMath
(I flip-flopped Appiah and Powers from the way the lineup was presented by the Rapids.

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No, This Does Not Mean Kamara Is Coming To Colorado

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Kei Kamara posted this on Instagram earlier today. Its a picture of him riding the Colorado Rapids skateboard he got as a gift when he was here for last year's All-Star Game.

This has gotten some Rapids fans excited that its a hint he's about to move to Colorado. He's not. We had the same discussion in the fan base 7 months ago when he first tweeted out the picture of the skateboard and sure enough he didn't come to Colorado.

World Soccer Talk Drops The Hammer

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World Soccer Talk did a much better version of what I wrote last night. Some excerpts:
Still, compared with the rest of this Rapids offseason, the Spencer hire looks like a stroke of genius.
And remember, this was the offseason in which the Rapids were going to turn things around by spending and thinking big.

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Rapids Add Gashi As DP, Williams As Well

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BIG news from Commerce City today that nobody saw coming. Colorado announced their newest Designated Player, Shkëlzen Gashi. Who? Yeah, pretty much everyone had that reaction (and because of that ë I'm just going to refer to him as Gashi from now on).

Gashi is a 27 year old winger/striker from Zurich.

Sarvas To DC

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Stevben Goff is reporting and I've heard the same from other sources that Marcelo Sarvas has been traded to DC United for allocation money. Expect an announcement today or tomorrow it sounds like.

This leaves Powers, Cronin, and Powers to power (no pun intended) the center of the midfield.

Weekly Recap

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After a bout with whatever bug is going around I'm back. Let's recap what's happened since Monday.
  • We got allocation money for the rights to Maynor Figueroa
Nice job by the FO on this one. I figured when we declined his option that he just waled away. Getting allocation money for him means we made a real offer to bring him back and he declined it.

Why Tim Howard?

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This is a guest piece by Dave Wegner, C38 board member, Fulham fan, and generally good guy. Its long but worth your time to read. I'll have more tomorrow about the various rumors floating around and the Ramirez loan.


The recent rumors about the Colorado Rapids signing American and Everton goal keeper Tim Howard have certainly evoked substantial response from the fan base.

What The H@!! Are We Doing?!?!?!

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About 3 weeks ago I wrote an post saying that time was ticking and we hadn't done anything yet to prepare for the season. in 3 weeks we've acquired a single new player under contract (Zach Pfeffer) and re-signed Bobby Burling while trading away Clint Irwin, selling Juan Ramirez, and trading down in the draft multiple times.

Ramirez Transferred to UD Almeria

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Looks like that rumor of Juan Ramirez to Almeria is official.
Juan Ramírez firma como nuevo jugador de la UD Almería #BienvenidoJuanRamírez
Ramirez was our second-ever Designated Player signing, coming in as a youth DP. 27 appearances, 15 starts, 1459 minutes, 3 assists, and 1 Rocky Mountain Cup winning goal.

Bobby Burling Re-Signed

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Today the Rapids re-signed center back Bobby Burling. Not a real surprise but not real exciting. If he were just a depth signing I'd be ok with it but right now I expect him to start alongside St. Ledger. Burling is a card waiting to happen and that's not something I like to see in a center back.

The other "news" today was the president of Tigres stating that he expected Pulido to be suspended for 2-6 months due to his contract disputer with the club.

Twellman Rips The Front Office

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I'll recap the draft below but I wanted to start with this. On today's ExtraTime podcast Taylor Twellman rips into the Front Office for not having a plan (fast-forward to 13:45 to get to the Rapids discussion. He essentially calls Bravo a liar over his statement that they acquired the #1 allocation spot knowing that Bedoya wasn't in play.

Americans Abroad

Shane O’Neill joins fourth-tier English club Cambridge United on loan

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After bouncing from Cyrus to Belgium and back to Cyprus, Shane O'Neill is heading to England to play in the country's fourth tier.

O'Neill will join League Two club Cambridge United on loan from Cypriot club Apollon Limassol until the end of the 2015-16 season.

O'Neill had reportedlysigned a two-year deal with Belgian club Royal Mouscron-Peruwelz in August, but has since returned to Cyprus within a few months without playing a single game for RMP.

Martinez says Rapids have made no inquiries for Howard

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Tim Howard will not be heading to Colorado, according to Everton head coach Roberto Martinez.

A report on Jan. 15 said the Colorado Rapids were attempting to acquire the 36-year-old American goalkeeper, but the Everton boss shot down that rumor on Monday.

"No at the moment there is nothing.

Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia Union and MLS News and Notes 1-30-16

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Zach Pfeffer discusses his move to Colorado, Maurice Edu back to the midfield, the Union are embracing analytics and more. Check out the latest news below.

Zach Pfeffer excited for "fresh start" with Colorado Rapids after departing hometown Philadelphia Union | MLSsoccer.com:
Zach Pfeffer, a Homegrown player from the Philadelphia Union talked to mlsscoccer.

SBI Spotlight: Zac MacMath ready to be Rapids starter after tough 2015

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When Algerian goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi joined the Philadelphia Union in 2014, Zac MacMath knew the door was being shut on his No. 1 spot. Knowing he was good enough for a starting role, MacMath urged the Union to loan him out, instead of filling in as a backup to the new international netminder.

Patriots

Revs forced to change their Twitter avatar after Patriots loss

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That's insult to injury.

New England Revolution fans will have a daily reminder of the Patriots' loss to the Broncos as the team has changed their official Twitter avatar to the Colorado Rapids' logo.

The switch was part of a wager agreed upon by the two clubs. Initiated by the Rapids, the Revs ultimately agreed, putting their faith in Tom Brady and company.

Revolution bet on the Patriots

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The New England Revolution have a friendly wager with the Colorado Rapids.

When Tom Brady and the Patriots take the field on Sunday to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos, the New England Revolution will be fully supporting their Gillette Stadium cohabitor. That's because the Revs made a friendly bet with the Colorado Rapids.

The Rest

Somehow the Marco Pappa stabbing story keeps getting weirder

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As if the whole Marco Pappa-was-stabbed-by-a-beauty-queen story couldn't get any weirder, TMZ has now managed to get photos and a copy of the 9-1-1 call that surrounded the former Seattle Sounders midfielder's trip to the hospital. Notably, the report confirms the stabbing incident occurred on Dec.

Columbus Crew confirm Conor Casey contract

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The MLS mainstay finds a new home in Columbus during a time where the Crew find their striker corps in a state of flux.

Much like Jack McInerney before him, Conor Casey joins the oddly specific list of ex-Philadelphia Union strikers to end up in Ohio. Casey started his career with Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga, and after six seasons with Dortmund, Hannover, Karlsruhe, and Mainz 05, he went to Toronto FC of Major League Soccer for two games.

MLS Ticker: Van Damme, Figueroa, Ibeagha and more

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Western Conference clubs have been busy making moves this Tuesday, even the five-time MLS Cup champions.

Belgian defender Jelle Van Damme has officially joined the LA Galaxy, confirming reports from earlier this month. The 32-year-old, who makes the move to MLS fromStandard Liege in Belgium, was acquired by the Galaxyusing Targeted Allocation Money.

Major Link Soccer: John Spencer joins Colorado Rapids

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Somehow, the Rapids may have just gotten worse. Brad Evans needs a loan. Do we finally have a working US Women's soccer league?

Seattle

Reactions to the long-awaited signing of Jordan Morris poured in quickly. Here are a few notables:

This is great for the city.

Welcome Back Spencer!

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Today the Rapids announced that the long discussed "offensive coordinator" will be Rapids legend and Gallery of Honor member John Spencer. Spencer has been advising the team at least since the combine earlier this month and will be the primary assistant to Pablo going forward, presumably taking over Lopez's role.