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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.