Following back-to-back humiliating defeats to start their season, Minnesota United held onfor a 2-2 draw against the Colorado Rapidson Saturday.
The Loons were relegated to 10 men in the 70th minute, when Justin Davis stuck a high boot into the leg of Marlon Hairston. Despite facing a disadvantage for 20 minutes, the much-maligned Minnesota defense held firm to earn the first point in club history.
Since signing with the club as a homegrown player, Wil Trapp has been one of the faces of the Columbus Crew, and the midfielder is set to remain one for at least the next several seasons.
The Crew announced Tuesday that Trapp has signed a new multi-year contract with the club. Targeted Allocation Money was used to sign the midfielder, who was named the team's captain prior to the start of the season.
While full Video Assistant Referee implementation remains a few months away, its preseason trial run has made its first major impact on the result of a match, perhaps providing a glimpse at the future to come.
In the 87th minute of a preseason clash between the Colorado Rapids and Sporting Kansas City, a free kick from the right side of the field was swung into the box by the Rapids where it was questionablyhandled before being cleared.
The Colorado Rapids will wear an away jersey in the colors of their state flag for the second time during their 2017 and 2018 Major League Soccer and US Open Cup seasons. The former MLS champions will once again use what has proven to be a popular colorway for their 2017/18 adidas away jersey. The [.
It didn't take long for Josh Saunders to find a new team after being left off the NYCFC preseason roster earlier this week. The much-maligned goalkeeper was shipped off to Orlando City on Friday in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2019 MLS Draft.
"Josh is a veteran MLS goalkeeper that will add championship experience, leadership and depth to our side with 125 appearances in 11 years in the league," Lions general manager Niki Budalic said.
USMNT coach Bruce Arena named 24 players to his squad in advance of the March 24 World Cup qualifiers against Honduras (10:30pm ET - Fox Sports 1) and Panama (10pm ET-beIN Sport). The USMNT players start camp on March 19 in San Jose.
"We put together a roster that we think has balance and one that gives us an option in playing a number of different ways," Arena said.
By the time it's all said and done, the Philadelphia Union could have three or four open international slots.
One of the obstacles any MLS club faces is the international player limitations. Every club has eight slots when they start out. Some use them wisely, and in the case of Real Salt Lake trading a slot permanently to the Colorado Rapids for Adolfo Gregario (a player so utterly unremarkable that you probably didn't realize his name was actually Adolfo Gregorio), they use them unwisely.
Say what you will about Revolution coach Jay Heaps, but the man sticks to the script when it comes to his perspective on the quality of MLS refereeing.
Following Saturday's season-opening 1-0 loss at Colorado, Heaps pointed to what he believed was an incorrectly called foul on the buildup to the Rapids' breakthrough as the moment in which the scales tipped in the Rapids' favor.
Throughout the 2016 season, the Colorado Rapids defense proved to be the league's best en route to a shocking playoff berth. In the first match of 2017, the Rapids backline lived up to its billing, preserving a clean sheet to open the campaign.
Once again, the Rapids backline stood tall, shutting out the New England Revolution on the way to a 1-0 victory on Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
In a game very reminiscent of 2016 Colorado fell to Houston 2-0 in the Desert Diamond Cup final, the second time they've lost the last game of the tournament. The lineup:
MacMath Miller - Watts - Sjoberg - Burch Azira - Cronin Hairston - Powers - Badji Doyle The starting XI was also the finish XI as no subs were made in the 90 minutes and the team was dragging by the end.
Two weeks to the day they'll open the regular season at Colorado, the Revolution dropped a 3-1 loss to the Rapids in Saturday's Desert Diamond Cup preseason match at Kino Veterans Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.
Here are some Revolution-related observations from Saturday's contest:
-The regular connections in the final third during the first 60 minutes was undeniably the most positive development of Saturday's game.
Juan Agudelo gave the Revolution an early lead, but the Rapids were simply too much as the locals dropped a 3-1 loss in Saturday's Desert Diamond Cup clash in Tucson, Ariz.
Agudelo, who donned a clear protective mask following facial surgery last week, tallied in the 19th minute after tapping through a ball from Antonio Mlinar Delamea, who corralled a Chris Tierney corner to set up the opportunity.
The big news today, as you see above, is the release of our new road/alternate jersey. This replaces the yellow flag kit we've had for the last two seasons. There's not much that has changed though, blue sleeves instead of yellow, a red C instead of the state flag on the base, and removal of some blue edging.
We are now 12 days from the season opener. The team seems to be coming together in Phoenix with the addition of Nana and Gashi returning from injury. There hasn't been much addition to this team from 2016 however. Two new homegrown players, Gordon who's likely to be a super-sub, and Nana along with some draftees (probably, no signings yet).
That's Bismark "Nana" Adjei-Boatang getting ready to board the bus to the airport with the team this morning (and Tim Howard, obviously). He got into Denver last night and flew out to Tucson with the rest of the team for the Desert Diamond Cup. I expect him t get a lot of playing time in Arizona.
Today the Rapids traded an international slot for the 2017 season to NYCFC for $75K in General Allocation Money.
This is an interesting trade only in that the Rapids currently have seven international players and somewhere between 6 and 8 international slots after this trade. Its been rumored that Badji and Sjoberg are pursuing green cards (which would make them domestic players under MLS roster rules), this trade is probably a good sign that they are close to getting them.
Daniel Boniface came through with the info on the 4 trialists in camp. I was wrong in my earlier post tonight, Epstein is not one of the Academy goalkeepers. In short (see Boniface's article for the full details):
GK Cody Mizell (Charlotte, played with Atlanta and Tampa in NASL) GK Connor Gavigan (Creighton, played in the Rapids Academy) GK Kai Likewise (Rapids U-18 Academy team) M Jun Marques Davidson (Charlotte, spent time in MLS with Vancouver)
The fact that we have 3 extra keepers in camp makes me wonder if there's a possible GK deal int he works for Berner or (more likely) MacMath.
The long rumored deal to bring Bismarck "Nana" Adjei-Boateng to Colorado is done. Nana was signed using TAM which means he's making DP money and/or his transfer fee puts him in the DP range but his salary cap hit is bought down to standard max salary levels. One report out of Norway has it as a 4 year deal with a team held 5th year option.
As we broke over the weekeend, D.C. United have officially announced tonight that they hve signed free agent attacker Sebastien Le Toux to a one year contract. Le Toux is the second free agent signed by United this offseason, with Sean Franklin deciding to return to the team.
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The Revolution and Minnesota United have both endured a lackluster start to the 2017 season. The Loons conceded 13 goals in its first three outings, but earned a result against the Colorado Rapids, one of the league's premier clubs, last weekend.
When Tim Howard was named to the U.S. Men's National Team roster for the impending World Cup qualifiers, he placed a phone call to the man who convinced Howard at the age of 11 that he had extraordinary potential as a goalkeeper Tim Mulqueen.
While Howard may have surprised some observers, including USMNT head coach Bruce Arena, Mulqueen never doubted that his 38-year-old pupil would be physically fortified following a long term injury.
With World Cup qualifiers looming, Tim Howard made his return for the Colorado Rapids, but the U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper's star performance wasn't enough to lift his side to a result on Saturday.
The New York Red Bulls recorded their second win of the season, beating the Rapids, 1-0, on Saturday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
A very 2016 look brought a very 2016 result, a grinder kind of game for the 1-0 win and 3 points to start the season. Last year Colorado opened the season in San Jose and lost by that same scoreline, so we're ahead of last year's pace at this point. General Impressions:
We checked in with fellow SBN sites Burgundy Wave and The Brotherly Game for more on United's newest signing
We watch a ton of MLS games, so we have a pretty good handle on what D.C. United acquired by signing Sebastien Le Toux as a free agent. The French veteran is a hard-working, tireless winger with a knack for providing dangerous crosses and a record of popping up to score important goals.