Colorado Rapids


Time Is Running Out If there's To Be Another Significant Signing

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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).

Welcome Nana!

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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.

Rapids Make A Resource Trade

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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.

Update On Camp Trialists

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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.

Rapids Sign Adjei-Boateng From Manchester City

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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.

Rapids Select Two Forwards In This Afternoon's Part 2 Superdraft

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Rounds 3 and 4 of the Superdraft were held by teleconference this afternoon. The Rapids made two picks, both forwards:

With the first pick of the day by anyone the Rapids took Jaime Siaj out of Pfeffer University. He is believed to be the first player drafted by MLS out of that school. He also apparently spent time in the Real Madrid Academy before college.

Rapids Draft Two, Possibly Add A Free Agent?

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Today was one of the more uneventful drafts in recent MLS history. There were two big moves early with NYCFC and Portland moving up to 3 and 4 respectfully but after that the action settled down and for the most part teams stayed put in the draft or made minor moves. The Rapids stuck with their two picks and #15 and #24, picking up DU midfielder Sam Hamilton and Syracuse left back Liam Callahan.

Homegrowns In, Bravo Out

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Interesting times in Commerce City yesterday as the Rapids add two homegrown players but lose a Technical Director. We'll do this in chronological order. ;)

Yesterday morning there was a press event at the Dick to announce the signings of the 4th and 5th homegrown players in team history, Ricardo Perez and Kortne Ford.

Desert Diamond Cup

Desert Diamond Cup Game 2 - Including Blast From the Past

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Colorado lined up for the second of their four Desert Diamond Cup games this afternoon. I only saw the second half, but here's the lineup for kickoff:

(D) = Unsigned draftee

MacMath Miller - Ford - Sjoberg - Williams Azira - Cronin Callahan(D) - Powers - Badji Calvert
This lineup gave up a goal 19 minutes in from a corner that managed to fall uncleared in the box.

Takeaways: Revs Lose 3-1 to Rapids

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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.

First-Teamers Unable to Steer Revs to Victory

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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.

Jersey Release and Desert Diamond Cup Game 1

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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.

Revolution, Dynamo Kick Off 2017 Desert Diamond Cup in Tucson

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The Revs title defense begins tonight.

Tonight marks the beginning of the end for the Revolution, who will conclude the preseason by kicking off the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup against the Houston Dynamo.

The Revs have enjoyed a productive preseason thus far, going unbeaten in friendlies against Minnesota United, the New York Red Bulls and Sporting KC.

Major League Soccer

VAR decision changes result of MLS preseason match

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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.

Colorado Rapids 2017 adidas Away Jersey

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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 [.

New England Revolution

MLS Ticker: Orlando acquires Saunders, Quakes add Urena, and more

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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.

Rapids "Lose" A Draft Pick Today

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Last month a number of rapids fans (including me) thought the Rapids would have two first round picks in next week's Superdraft. After trading our pick to New England last offseason for Jermaine Jones we got LA's first round pick when we sent JJ to them. We also had a first-round pick from Toronto in the Clint Irwin trade.

Revolution expecting “multiple signings before the start of the season“

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Revs GM Michael Burns says "international signings remain top priority for the club."

The New England Revolution haven't made a lot signings this offseason, but moves are on the way, according to General Manager Michael Burns.

Burns and members of the coaching staff have been scouting since the Revolution's 2016 season came to an end.

3 Bold Predictions about the New England Revolution in 2017

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It's going to be a big year for Juan Agudelo and two more predictions.

With the calendar flipping to 2017, we're just two months away from the New England Revolution's season opener against the Colorado Rapids. We've already given you five reasons to feel optimistic about the upcoming season, and now we're going to take out the crystal ball and offer some bold predictions.

D.C. United

What is D.C. United getting by signing Sebastien Le Toux?

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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.

D.C. United season review: Marcelo Sarvas

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Marcelo was an understated but vital piece of the puzzle in 2016

D.C. United was in need of some sort of two-way midfield help after Perry Kitchen said that he would not re-sign for the Black-and-Red at the end of 2015 (and eventually went to Scotland side Heart of Midlothian FC). They were unsuccessful in their quest to sign Antonio Nocerino from AC Milan after Orlando City tampered with D.

Philadelphia Union

Open International Slots could benefit the Union

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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.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 1/24/17

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Yesterday's storm blew in tons of links from around the country.

Philadelphia Union News

Report: Philadelphia Union acquiring homegrown rights for Adam Najem
Sources tell that the New York Red Bulls are dealing Akron star to the Union.

Philadelphia Union release 2017/18 secondary kits
The Union released their new kits in the most creative way yet.

SuperDraft Round 2 Results

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They kept the second round under 6 hours!

Second round results here. Union picks will be in bold with articles on our prospects to follow today!

1.) Minnesota United FC: Alec Ferrell (Goalkeeper, Wake Forest)

2.) Colorado Rapids: Liam Callahan (Defender, Syracuse)

3.) Philadelphia Union (via Minnesota United FC): Marcus Epps (Forward, South Florida)


Seattle Sounders

MLS Ticker: Mears leaves Sounders for Atlanta, Dynamo adds Sanchez and more

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Tyrone Mears will be staying in MLS in 2017. He will just switching addresses from thereigning championsto an expansion club.

The Seattle Sounders and Atlanta United announced on Tuesday night that Mears was sent from the former club to the latter in exchange for $50,000 in General Allocation Money.

D.C. United officially signs Sebastien Le Toux

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The veteran Frenchman has a new home

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.

5 things you need to know about Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders ahead of MLS Cup

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Here are the projected lineups and major tactical keys to MLS's championship game

MLS Cup has given us a very intriguing match between Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders, and we should be thankful for that. Imagine for a second the 0-0 dourness of a sit-deep-and-counter Montreal Impact going to the Rockies to play the sit-deep-and-grind-it-out Colorado Rapids.


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Hablar sobre los Sounders FC en el mes de diciembre fue, hasta el año pasado, un justo ritual de resignación por otra temporada fallida y de esperanza por una nueva temporada. Hoy en la noche, casi a mitad de diciembre, bajo un intenso frío en el BMO Field de Toronto, la Furia Verde estará jugando su primer final de Copa MLS frente al equipo de .

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids, Western Conference Finals, leg 2: Player Ratings

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Seattle flipped the script in their away game against Colorado, and managed a 1-0 win against the Rapids. Pulling a page from their opponents' playbook, the away side absorbed pressure repeatedly, forcing the home team into hopeful, speculative shots. Seattle took advantage of a break to score a huge away goal.


Front Office Changes

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A couple of leadership rumors out of Commerce City today:

First, confirmation of how the Rapids are filling the void left by Bravo's departure:
With Paul Bravo out, Padraig Smith is now running point for Rapids' tech staff ahead of draft, Mastroeni and club spokesman confirm.

The First Big Offseason Decision - Pablo

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As of now Pablo Mastroeni is essentially out of contract as Rapids Head Coach (I'm sure his contract probably runs to the end of the month or something but the games are over). The first decision the Rapids Front Office has to make this offseason is obvious' Will Pablo return?

To review his head coaching tenure so far:

2014: 8W-8T-18L - 0.

The Rest

All Quiet

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I know with the season starting that its usually time to ramp up Rapids coverage. So far this year though there's been nothing to talk about. No rumors, no interesting trialists, nothing.

If and/or when there's news we'll talk about it but I'm not going to just churn out posts with no real news.

CONCACAF Champions League Changes

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Today CONCACAF announced changes in the Champions League format starting with the 2017-18 cycle the Rapids have qualified for. Instead of playing in a group stage this fall, MLS teams will move right to a 16-team knockout tournament held in Feb-May of 2018. The 4 MLS qualifiers will be joined in the tournament by 4 Mexican teams, the Canadian champion, the 5 major Central American league champs (all but Belize and Nicaragua), the Caribbean Club Champion, and the winner of the fall 2017 CCL tournament.

Superdraft on Friday not Wednesday

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The last couple of times I've mentioned the Superdraft I've said its on Wednesday, the 11th. That's because when you type "MLS Superdraft date" into Google you get:
2017 MLS SuperDraft will start on Wednesday, January 11 and will end on Sunday, January 15
In reality the first two rounds are on Friday the 13th, not Wednesday the 11th.

Hey Earnie, please sign Marvell Wynne

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Given the Union's defensive struggles down the stretch, a veteran presence should be welcomed.

After a catastrophic collapse from first place in the Eastern Conference all the way to sixth and barely squeezing into the playoffs, the Union conceded goals at an alarming rate. As a matter of fact, they conceded 55 goals in 2016 with MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Andre Blake behind them.

MLS moves, Chelsea's 13th in a row: Brotherly Game Daily Links 1/1/17

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Happy New Year from everyone at Brotherly Game.

Philadelphia Union News

Union 2016 awards: From best goal to most surprising moment
After a crazy year that included many jaw-dropping ups and plenty of headshaking downs, Ryan Bright and Dave Zeitlin give out their Union 2016 awards.

Players Staying, Going, and Coaching News

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A lot of news today. First, as expected, no Rapids were taken in today's expansion draft. Given how much interest was shown in projected drafts for Jared Watts I'm going to go with my theory that the deals on Sunday with the expansion teams included an agreement that they wouldn't take any players from Colorado.

2016 Player of the Year

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my 2016 Player of the Year is the Rapids Goalkeeper. Yes, I'm splitting the award between Zac MacMath and Tim Howard. Both played the same number of games (19 league games, including playoffs), they both led a league leading defense, and they both dealt with the tough situation of being the #1 at different times of the year.

Osvaldo Alonso expected to play in MLS Cup

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Brian Schmetzer thinks he'd have a hard time keeping Alonso off the field, anyway.

Everyone in Seattle more than likely held their collective breaths when they all saw Colorado Rapids left back Marc Burch clatter clumsily into Osvaldo Alonso. You probably held your breath a little longer seeing Ozzie grab his knee.