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New Shirt, New Player, But Still No Striker

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Two announcements from the Rapids today. First the 2018 home jersey was unveiled:
Pretty straight forward. Paired with light blue shorts and the burgundy socks it will look good on the field. If I needed a new jersey I'd be happy to pick this one up but right now I've got a few others in the queue, namely Blackburn's road jersey and a Swedish National Team jersey before the World Cup.

Lack Of A Striker Looms Over Rapids

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No, not that type of striker
Today started with a rumor that the Rapids were chasing Preston Eoin Doyle, only for it to get squashed in a matter of hours as he was loaned back to Oldham before the English transfer window closed at the end of the day. In ended with news that attacking draft picks Brian Iloski and Frantzdy Pierrot are passing up their chance to make MLS for trials in Europe.

A Decade Of View From The Couch

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10 years ago tonight I wrote my first post on this blog. Sadly it was ripping into the team for doing nothing in the offseason but the point is that it started something I didn't expect to last this long. A MLS Cup, a Supporters Shield runner-up, many failed USOC campaigns, and 1760 posts later I'm starting my second decade of blogging this team.

Preseason Starts Tomorrow

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In today's Superdraft rounds 3 and 4 the Rapids added 3 more players who will likely (later round draft picks have been known to decide to not pursue a career and never report) join the rest of the team in Commerce City this week as training camp opens officially tomorrow morning.

In the 3rd round the Rapids took GK Thomas Olsen out of the University of San Diego.

Tommy Smith Incoming and Superdraft "Preview"

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So those posts last week where I downplayed the likelihood of Tommy Smith joining the Rapids? Oops. Its looking like he'll be in camp at least in time to go to Arizona with the team next Wednesday. At least, if the reporting from his current team is to be believed. This morning we woke up to a report from an Ipswich paper that the deal to sell Smith to Colorado was done pending Ipswich Town singing a replacement.

New Players...Almost Official, A Callup, and a Negotiating Tactic?

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Bunch of news today. We'll begin with the big stuff. At 4pm today fans were invited to RiNo for a chance to meet Jack Price and Edgar Castillo. There has yet to be an official announcement of the details of their signings but clearly they've joined the team. The Denver Post article confirms what most fans had inferred from Hudson's interviews, we'll be playing a 3-5-2/5-2-3 this season with 3 CBs and Hairston and Castillo as wingbacks.

Player Rumors Are Swirling

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We've had 2 new player rumors break today and confirmation of an existing one as well.

First we'll start with the two-fer from Steven Goff. Wolves center mid Jack Price is discussing terms with the Rapids and Castillo is a done deal. I've heard the same on both fronts. Price is a 25 year old midfielder who's played his whole career with Wolves, coming through their academy (he has gone on loan to a couple of clubs).

2018 State Of The Rapids

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I'd call this the State of the Union, but then I'd be talking about Philly and who the hell cares what Philly's status is this offseason? :D
As we enter 2018 I thought it would be a good time to take stock of where we are and what we should be expecting in the 7 weeks between now and our opening CCL match against Toronto.

Christmas News Recap

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Sorry for the silence over the last two weeks, I was visiting my father-in-law in Florida for the holidays. A recap of what happened in Rapids-land while I was gone, roughly in chronological order.

* Rapids pick Mike Grella in Re-Entry Draft, immediately trade him to Columbus for a 2019 2nd round draft pick
  • As the Rapids Media Director later confirmed on Twitter this was a quick way to get a free draft pick.

News On Mohammed Saeid

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Yesterday's roster moves contained only one real surprise, the Rapids not picking up Mo Saeid's option. Today the Rapids media director tweeted the following:
We would have loved to keep Mo. A great player and even better person. Unfortunately, due to some personal circumstances, Mo asked for his option not to be picked up.

Roster Cut Day And Hudson "News"

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Big day today as the Rapids announced their option pickups and roster cuts going into the offseason. Lets break them down:

  • Sam Hamilton's option picked up - Easy decision, first round draft pick, cheap, still has time to develop
  • Eric Miller's option picked up - Meh. He is versatile, being able to play anywhere on the back line, but he's not particularly good at any of those positions.

Major League Soccer

Edgar Castillo 'happy' with change of scenery to Colorado ahead 2018 season

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Edgar Castillo was looking for a change of scenery as his playing time diminished at Monterrey in Liga MX.

As he searched for a new destination, one of his former U.S. Men's National Team teammates chimed in with some advice as the full back garnered MLS interest.

With help from suggestions by goalkeeper Tim Howard, Castillo joined the Colorado Rapids on loan for the 2018 season.

MLS Ticker: Pontius to the Galaxy, Impact add new DP, and more

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Midfielder Chris Pontius has himself a new home in Southern California as the veteran midfielder has joined the LA Galaxy.

Pontius has plenty of experience in the league. He spent the last two seasons with the Philadelphia Union after coming over from D.C. United, whom he opened his career with back in 2009.

Major Link Soccer: Kyle Beckerman is back with RSL

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The Captain of Rio Tinto is returning for the 2018 season after exploring free agency.

Seattle

The newest Reign FC member, Allie Long, came from our rivals to the south. Long was a big part of the Thorns, and Stumptown Footy put together a tribute for the new Reign midfielder. Once a Thorn: A Brief Tribute to Allie Long - Stumptown Footy

"Once A Sounder, Always A Sounder" should probably apply to coaching staff too, as the Colorado Rapids hired Chad Kolarcik, a former Sounders coach.

The new MLS coaches in 2018

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 3, 2018) US Soccer Players - It's the start of 2018, and it might already be crunch time for the new coaching hires in MLS. There's no time like the present for pressure, with clubs already making major moves.

MLS teams turned over their sideline bosses at a greater rate than ever before in 2017.

Report: Edgar Castillo to join Rapids on loan for 2018

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The Colorado Rapids are reportedly set to add former U.S. Men's National Team left back Edgar Castillo on loan for the 2018 season.

BeSoccer is reporting that the Rapids have an agreement in place with the 31 year-old wing back currently under contract with Monterrey in Liga MX.

Castillo became one of the first players to initiate a one-time switch of national affiliation change to play for the USMNT after failing to be called up to the Mexican Men's National Team while playing professionally in Liga MX for Santos Laguna.

MLS Ticker: Atlanta's bid for Barco stays at $12 million, Cheyrou retires and more

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Atlanta United's bid for its latest big-name transfer target has remained the same despite recent reports.

According to ESPN, the Five Stripes have stood firm at their $12 million bid for Argentine Ezequiel Barco, who currently plays for Independiente.

The report claims Barco is willing to give $1 million of his part of the deal to Independiente to help solidify the move to MLS.

TFC depth, new format could help MLS achieve CCL glory in 2018

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Major League Soccer has achieved more than many could've imagined over the last five years, but there's still one glaring hole on the league's resume.

Although it will be a tough task for the five MLS clubs entered in the CONCACAF Champions League, the elusive prize the league has searched for could finally end up in the trophy case in April.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/16/17

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Union lose a coach, MLS moves, and a preview of this weekend's action

Philadelphia Union News

Mike Sorber joins LAFC
The Union assistant is reuniting with his old boss.

MLS News

Sources: LA Galaxy finalizing deal to sign David Bingham
MLS sources confirm to ESPN FC a trade is near.

Kip Colvey, Clement Diop selected in MLS Waiver Draft

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The 2017 Major League Soccer Waiver Draft took place on Wednesday afternoon, with only two of the 23 teams making selections.

Defender Kip Colvey and goalkeeper Clement Diop were the only two names called, being chosen by the Colorado Rapids and Montreal Impact respectively. Fifty-nine players were eligible for selection in the draft.

Anthony Hudson named coach of the Colorado Rapids

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The Colorado Rapids made it official on Wednesday, naming Anthony Hudson as the MLS club's new head coach. Hudson previously coached the New Zealand national team and was strongly linked with the Rapids job. New Zealand failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, losing an intercontinental playoff to Peru.

Report: Anthony Hudson to Rapids a 'done deal'

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The New Zealand Herald reports that recently resigned All Whites head coach Anthony Hudson is set to take over the Colorado Rapids.

Hudson was first linked to the job in late October, when he was tipped as their preferred candidate. At the time, Rapids sporting director Padraig Smith said, "We know who we want, and I'm very happy to say that we're in the final stages," after committing to a global search, including looking for candidates in Oceania.

MLS Ticker: Kenwyne Jones retires, Rapids sign Swedish midfielder, and more

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Kenwyne Jones is hanging up his boots.

The former Premier Leaguer spent one last season of play with Atlanta United before calling it quits. The 33-year-old forward didn't produce much for The Five Stripes. He only appeared in 17 matches with five starts. He only had two goals on the entire season.

United States Men's National Team

News Roundup: Union men on national team duty, the Crew Seek investors in Ohio, and a rough weekend for women’s soccer

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Also pre-season starts, the Fire plan a trip to Bavaria, and silly season gets down to business.

Marcus Rashford: Tim Howard was my idol

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Tim Howard's time at Manchester United serves as an unlikely inspiration to one of the sport's brightest young stars.

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford says the U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper was his childhood "idol". Rashford, who played as a goalkeeper during his youth, looked up to and tried to emulate Howard, who made 77 appearances for Man United from2003 to 2007

"My first season, I went in net," Rashford told The Sunday Times.

Philadelphia Union

MLS Draft Round 3: Recap

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The Union finally have picks!

Not much to say besides here are your third round picks from everyone! Format: Team Name (Acquired by if applicable)- Player (Position, School)

  1. Los Angeles FC- Jordan Jones (Forward, Oregon State)
  2. LA Galaxy- Nate Schultz (Defender, Akron)
  3. Chicago Fire (From DC United)- Elliott Collier (Forward, Loyola College)
  4. Colorado Rapids- Thomas Olsen (Goalkeeper, Univ of San Diego)
  5. Real Salt Lake (From Minnesota United)- PASSED
  6. NYCFC (From Orlando)- Alex Bumpus (Defender, Univ of Kentucky)
  7. Montreal Impact- Ken Krolicki (Midfielder, Michigan State)
  8. Philadelphia Union- Mike Catalano (Midfielder, Univ of Wisconsin)
  9. Philadelphia Union (From NE Revolution)- Aidan Apodaca (Forward, California Baptist)
  10. Real Salt Lake- PASS
  11. FC Dallas- Amer Sasivarevic (Midfielder, Grand Canyon University)
  12. San Jose Earthquakes- Kevin Partida (Midfielder, University of Las Vegas)
  13. Houston Dynamo (From Sporting KC)- Pablo Aguilar (Midfielder, Univ of Virginia)
  14. Montreal Impact (From Minnesota)-PASSED
  15. Portland Timbers(From Chicago)- Caleb Duvernay (Defender, NC State)
  16. Vancouver Whitecaps (From NY Red Bull)- Cory Brown (Defender, Xavier)
  17. Portland Timbers (From Real Salt Lake)- Tim Mueller (Forward, Oregon State)
  18. Portland Timbers- Stuart Holthusen (Forward, Akron)
  19. NYCFC-PASSED
  20. Houston Dynamo- Sheldon Sullivan (Defender, Univ of Virginia)
  21. Columbus Crew SC- Luis Argudo (Midfielder, Wake Forest)
  22. Seattle Sounders- Chris Bared (Defender, Villanova)
  23. Toronto FC- Andre Morrison (Defender, Hartford)

2018 MLS SuperDraft Recap - Round 2

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While the David Accam trade stole the show, the second round progressed nonetheless.

A little less dramatic than the first round of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, the second round nonetheless saw teams stock up on players. Lancaster, Pa. native Drew Skundrich was selected by the LA Galaxy, and the only local player taken in the second round.

Here’s the full 2018 Revolution schedule

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A balanced schedule awaits Brad Friedel and the Revolution.

On March 3, Brad Friedel will begin his reign as the Revolution Head Coach with a trip to Chester, Pa., when his team his team will take on the Philadelphia Union. One week later, Friedel will make his Foxboro debut against the Colorado Rapids.

E.Castillo

New Staff, Player Rumors, and Superdraft Week

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I know I've been quiet this past week but in terms of actual news, not rumors, not much has happened.

Starting with the notable news, both Edgar Castillo and Jack Price were officially announced on Tuesday and Friday respectfully. Castillo is here on a one year loan with an option to buy.

CCL Draw, Preseason Plans, and Castillo Incoming?

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Lots of news aside from Hudson today. Taking it roughly in order.

CONCACAF announced the draw for the 2018 CCL today. Colorado will be the one MLS/Liga MX team in Pot B, the other 8 teams will be in Pot 1. Under the competition rules we can't be drawn against an American team in the first round so we know our opponent will be one of Toronto, Chivas, Club America, Tigres, or Tijuana.

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TFC, Rapids drawn together in CONCACAF Champions League round of 16

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Toronto FC and the Colorado Rapids were drawn against each other for the round of 16 of the 2017-18 CONCACAF Champions League on Monday night.

Although they play in the same league, TFC and the Rapids were allowed to be pitted against each other because they come from two different nations.

Explaining the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League Draw

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Sounders will discover their Round of 16 opponent as well as their potential path to the finals.

A bunch of ping-pong balls will determine the Seattle Sounders' path to the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League final. The draw takes place tonight in Miami at 4 PM Pacific Time and will air live on Univision Deportes (livestream above).

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Hudson Watch 2017

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The newest twist in the Hudson/Rapids saga hit tonight as Hudson officially stepped down as the New Zealand coach. There's no news as to his next move but all signs continue to point to Colorado as his next stop. I've also heard secondhand that the new manager, whomever he is, was involved in the decision to sign Blomberg.

Clock's ticking

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Barring a miracle in the next 25 minutes Peru is going to eliminate New Zealand and Anthony Hudson will be able to take the Rapids job. Given that we've heard no other rumors for a couple of weeks all signs point to Hudson being the man. Now the clock starts ticking, The Rapids needs to get the deal done, announce him this week, have a press availability early next week, and have him get right into it as soon as the holiday is over.

The Rest

Frantzdy Pierrot of Melrose passes on Colorado Rapids opportunity

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Coastal Carolina striker seeking a soccer future elsewhere

Less than two weeks ago Frantzdy Pierrot of Melrose had his eyes on winning a spot with the Colorado Rapids after being one of the team's two second-round draft picks.

But, now the hulking striker and Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year "has decided to pursue first-team soccer elsewhere," according to the team.

MLS Draft Recap: Round 4

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The final round of the weekend long event is over. Here's your summary

  1. Atlanta United- Paul Christensen (Goalkeeper, Univ of Portland)
  2. DC United (From LAG)- Afonso Pinheiro (Forward, U of Albany)
  3. Colorado Rapids(From DCU)- Brian Iloski (Midfielder, University of California Los Angeles)
  4. Colorado Rapids- Niki Jackson (Forward, Grand Canyon Univ)
  5. DC United (From MNU)- Rafael Andrade Santos (Midfielder, Virginia Commonwealth)
  6. Sporting KC (From OCSC)- Will Bagrou (Forward, Mercer)
  7. Montreal-Excluded due to pass in Rd 3.

2018 Schedule Released!

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Always a good day when we get to see the 2018 schedule. First things first, in order to give the Rapids more time to deal with the CCL the league agreed to reschedule our home opener on Mar. 3rd to June 13th. Our opening game will now be the game in New England on Mar. 10th while our home opener will be against KC on Mar.

TAM, Affiliation, and Expansion Draft

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There's been a few stories of note since Friday, so we'll go through them all in one post.

First, the league announced $1.2 million in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) each of the next two years. They also announced that each team could self-fund an additional $2.8 million in TAM each of the next two years.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 11/30/17

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New Rapids manager, MLS Expansion, a preview of tonight's MLS semifinal

MLS News

Toronto FC 1-0 Columbus Crew: Altidore sends Reds back to MLS Cup final
Toronto will face Seattle or Houston in the MLS Cup.

Anthony Hudson named Head Coach
The Colorado Rapids look forward to the 2018 season with the former manager of the New Zealand National Team at the helm.

Rapids officially announce hiring of Anthony Hudson as head coach

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After weeks of reports, the Colorado Rapids confirmed Anthony Hudson as the club's new head coach.

The Rapids announced on Wednesday that the club has hired the 36-year-old manager fresh off his job as manager of New Zealand. Under Hudson, the All Whites made it to the intercontinental playoff round of World Cup qualifying, where they fell to Peru earlier this month.