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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.

The Front Office Apparently Took A Gold Cup Vacation

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We are now 11 days into the 31 day summer transfer window. So far the only thing approaching a valid rumor was a brief blip around Michael Carrick last night which the Front Office dispelled this morning by saying there have been no discussions with him. Squashing that story is the ONLY thing we've heard out of the front office in regards to player movement during the transfer window.

Kudos To Rapids Marketing

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Its no secret that over the years I've been...critical...of some of the Front Office off-field moves. That only works though if I give them credit when they do something right and some of the marketing they've done early this season is definitely right.

Long time Rapids fans can list any number of marketing and outreach ideas from the FO over the years that landed with a thud with the fans.

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.

Rapids Make Roster Moves

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This afternoon the Front Office announced who would be returning and who's been cut from the 2015 roster for 2016.

Returning (either under contract or option picked up):
GK John Berner
GK Clint Irwin
D March Burch
D Joseph Greenspan (his primary contract is still with the U.

KSEOut - A Bit Misguided

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Its not secret to regular readers that I'm fed up with the Front Office and have been for a couple a few many years. I'm not alone and a group of fans who can't take it anymore have banded together to start the KSEOut movement.

The problem I have is that they're a bit misguided. Here's one of their goals from their website (and the title for their whole movement:
We just want KSE to put the Rapids up for sale.

Um, Shots Fired?

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So if you remember from yesterday there were tweets about our style of play:
Hinchey says the gripe about not playing attacking soccer is very legit and a big problem. the style is in effect throughout academy...
...but with Pablo it has been a struggle to establish it in the senior team.

Interesting Live(?) Tweeting Of A Hinchey 1 on 1 Today

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I had another post planned for today about the KSEOut movement but an interesting twitter discussion erupted that seemed more relevant. Season-ticket holder Brian Mercer has a lunchime 1 on 1 with Tim Hinchey and live(?) tweeted it. There's a lot in there and I'm just going to hit some things that jumped out to me but I encourage you to read it all.

Fan Forum Wrap-Up

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You might remember a similar post from last year and after today's Fan Forum it seemed relevant to update it for anther year, sadly. The definite feel I got from the forum was one of "We're still working hard and we have a long-term plan so if this year doesn't work out keep having faith in us".

Rough Transcript Of Front Office Town Hall

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I'm going to type this on the fly during the Town Hall and post right after its done as a resource for those who couldn't listen. Further conversation will be saved for tonight. I'm using the online stream of the event as to not tie up my phone line for an hour. This is paraphrased so I can keep up.

Well, they're late starting.

Front Office Q&A Wrap-Up

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Last week the Rapids Front Office held a Town Hall for C38 at the Celtic. Apologies for the late update but an illness and a busy release week schedule prevented me from getting to it until now. Here are some of the highlights from the notes I took.

Present: Richard Fleming (RF), Paul Bravo (PB), Tim Hinchey (TH), Pablo Mastroeni (PM), Drew Moor (DM)
Format: Written questions from the audience asked to the panel by Fleming, followed by one-on-one time with the panel

Also present in the audience but not participating was Zat Knight (and wow, he's a big guy!

Rapids Bobbleheads

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Here's a look at all three of the bobbleheads the Rapids have created,

Also a kudos to the Rapids FO for going above and beyond. They worked with C38 on the bobblehead giveaway to make sure the people involved in putting on the tailgate for the fans (and as such, unable to get into the stadium early to get a bobblehead) were taken care of.

North American Soccer League

NASL announces switch to international calendar

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The NASL's future is still very much up in the air but, when the league does return to the field, it will do so under the international calendar.

On Monday, the NASL announced that the league will adopt the international calendar beginning with the 2018-19 season. Kickoff for the league's next season is set for August 11, 2018 while the season will reach its conclusion on June 1, 2019.

Report: Cosmos cutting spending on players, front office as financial issues mount

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The NASL's future has long been in doubt, and it appears that the league's top club is having financial issues.

According to a report from Empire of Soccer, the New York Cosmos are set to make cuts both on the field and in the front office following yet another season of dwindling attendance.

Philadelphia Union

Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/9/17

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Weekend links on MLS Cup weekend.

Philadelphia Union News

Assessing Philadelphia Union's inconsistent 2017 campaign
The Philadelphia Union had an inconsistent 2017. There were many problems; the players, coaches and front office failed. Here's PSN's assessment.

Philadelphia Union hire new Chief Business Officer

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Tim McDermott joins the Union from the Philadelphia 76ers organization, however questions remain around the future role of Executive Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer Dave Rowan.

The Philadelphia Union's Front Office overhaul continued today, as the club announced the hire of a new Chief Business Officer.

Union name Tim McDermott new Chief Business Officer

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Philly native McDermott comes to the Union with NBA, NFL, and NHL experience.

A Union fanatic's dilemma

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An editor at Brotherly Game struggles with the dilemma of supporting her favorite team run by a front office that doesn't hold up their end of the bargain.

I have been a Union season ticket holder for five years (the first year, my husband and I sat in different areas of the stadium with single game tickets).

New England Revolution

Assessing the Revolution coaching rumors

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Here are the names we've heard so far.

The New England Revolution are looking to name their next head coach before the end of November, according to club president Brian Bilello. Although we don't really know the direction the Front Office will go, we have heard the names of some of the people who have interviewed for the job.

Good Investments

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HARRISON, N.J. Credit this one to the front office.

Two acquisitions one during the preseason, the other late in the season linked up twice to lead the Revolution to a 2-1 win over New York in the first leg of the MLS Eastern Conference Finals.

Major League Soccer

Philadelphia Union and MLS News and Notes 2-2-16

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The Union's new kit will be revealed in two days! But in the mean time check out the news on the Union's new front office hire and some articles concerning business practices within the MLS.

McDermott brings local pulse to Union's front office | The Mercury Region:
When Jay Sugarman addressed the media in early October, he laid out a rough roadmap of what he envisioned for the Philadelphia Union.

Major Link Soccer: Yankees may be gearing up for NYCFC stadium buy

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DC United invents a new front office position while Orlando and NYCFC keep pushing towards stadium deals.


The Sounders U23s are having open tryouts on March 19th-20th in Sumner, WA.

It appears Seattle icon Bill Gates has picked a favorite club, and it isn't the Sounders.


The good guys made an appearance in ESPN's new app commercial, along with a bunch of soccer teams that play in baseball stadiums.

Filibuster podcast episode 163: I thought we weren't gonna talk about copper

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The last podcast of 2015 has ridiculous signings, front office chaos, and a star leaving the league.

The Filibuster guys are back with their last episode of 2015. Jason, Adam, and Ben start out talking about the MLS offseason and specifically Perry Kitchen's seemingly imminent departure. We also talk about the rest of MLS, including the LA Galaxy possibly signing Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba possibly returning to Chelsea, and a brief mention of the front office chaos happening in Orlando.

Are the Chicago Fire Cheap?

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Cheap is a loadedword.

Let's re-phrase the headline:Do the Chicago Fire spend less than other teams? That's an easy answer. The answer is "no." Based on this Forbes article that outlines MLS Spending Habits, they actually spend a whole bunchmorethan most MLS Franchises.

The Best of Both Worlds - All of Our 2014 FBM Beer-view in One Place

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With Major League Soccer and the rest of American soccer kicking off we've curated an impressive list of players, personalities, broadcasters, front office folk, and fans to have them tell us (and you) about their upcoming 2014 season.

And, of course, pair their hopes and dreams for this season with a tasty local brew.

The Best of Both Worlds - 2014 FBM Beer-view: Columbus Crew

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With Major League Soccer and the rest of American soccer kicking off we've curated an impressive list of players, personalities, broadcasters, front office folk, and fans to have them tell us (and you) about their upcoming 2014 season.

And, of course, pair their hopes and dreams for this season with a tasty local brew.

The Best Of Both World - 2014 Beer-view: Chicago Fire

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With Major League Soccer and the rest of American soccer kicking off we've curated an impressive list of players, personalities, broadcasters, front office folk, and fans to have them tell us (and you) about their upcoming 2014 season.

And, of course, pair their hopes and dreams for this season with a tasty local brew.

The Rest

Chuck Blazer dies, USMNT disappoints, and more: Freedom Kicks

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Soccer, go!

Well, that was quite a 90 minutes of soccer. After staying up to watch the USMNT last night, I'm moving as slowly as the US's back line. Let's ease into the links:

USMNT squeak past Martinique after wild second half with a 3-2 victory - Black And Red United: Something to think about besides the USA's performance: the rest of Concacaf looks to be getting better, and quickly.

NWSL players form Players Association

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Non-allocated players take a first step toward collective bargaining.

In a big step for players in the National Women's Soccer League, non-allocated players announced today that they have formed a Players Association to represent their interests and serve as a unified voice in discussions with teams and the league front office.

The Dynamo’s front three is boatloads of fun

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Romell Quioto, Erick Torres, and Alberth Elis only need 18 inches of daylight.

The Dynamo have a history of starting seasons high-scoring and fast but trailing off at some point in April and eventually falling back into the depths of the Western Conference. Last season, they went with the bold strategy of playing zero defense and going solely for goals in the first few games of the season, ending up with scorelines like 3-3 and 4-3.

Zach Scott joins Sounders broadcast team

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Keith Costigan and Matt Johnson reprise their play-by-play roles, Jackie Montgomery returns to studio.

A few days before the Seattle Sounders take on the Houston Dynamo to begin their quest to repeat as MLS Cup champions, the front office has announced their 2017 regional broadcast lineup.

Keith Costigan and Matt Johnson will reprise their play-by-play roles on TV and radio, respectively.

2017 MLS Draft Grades: Did the Revolution Miss an Opportunity to Improve?

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With SuperDraft rounds 1-3 in the books, we assess the Revs' top picks.

During the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, the Revolution front office looked beyond its glaring defensive needs and chose to bolster its attack, drafting forward Brian Wright (20th overall) and midfielder Napo Matsoso (31st).

Both picks offer intrigue, as Wright's senior season at Vermont ended in a bid for the MAC Hermann Trophy and Matsoso, a decorated player in his own right, assisted 20 career goals at Kentucky.

Nguyen Signs New Deal

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It appears that Lee Nguyen is back on good terms with the Revolution front office.

Almost a year after skipping practice to express his frustration over a contract that made him only the eighth-highest paid player on the team, the 29-year-old midfielder signed a contract extension with the club on Friday.

Fire notebook - Pause on new role, LaBrocca signs, Kaminski plays, and more on CB's

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It didn't take much thought for Logan Pause to answer a question about whether he preferred the front office or the field."Yes. Absolutely," said Pause of his preference for the bench following training earlier this week. Pause is the last link remaining on the first team to the club's most recent successes but he did have a transition to make after his retirement as a player.

The 2015-16 offseason at a glance

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Competitive games start in just five weeks. This is your cheat sheet to how Garth Lagerwey reloaded for the 2016 season.

It seems like a long, long time since the Seattle Sounders failed to advance past a plucky FC Dallas team in the Western Conference semifinals. Besting the LA Galaxy in those playoffs was a long time coming for Seattle, but it didn't do anything to satisfy the singular stated goal of the front office since taking home the Supporters' Shield in 2014: Win the MLS Cup.

OTF Roundtable: What to Make of Hunter Jumper’s Chicago Fire Criticism

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In caseyou've decided to swear off the #CF97 hashtag for the rest of the year, you missed a (*ahem*)FireStorm earlier this week whenformer Chicago Fire defender Hunter Jumper was tweeting for HOURS about the Fire organization.Most of Jumper's Tweets are still up if you want to track back.

Union Need Continuity to Succeed in MLS

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The rotating door of coaches and players has harmed the Union over the past six seasons and they need to find consistency to truly succeed

For the past six seasons the Union have sat somewhere between a pretty good soccer team and an absolute hot mess. Exciting and memorable moments have been intertwined with mismanagement and a perceived lack of direction.

GM change in Fury front office

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The Philadelphia Fury may have been quiet in the public during the offseason, but the franchise still had a shake up.

The Philadelphia Fury and former General Manager Graham King Charters mutually parted ways during the team's offseason, as GM of the Fury and fellow American Soccer League team AC Crusaders team owner Matt Driver confirmed at this years NSCAA convention.

Is Zac MacMath Improving?

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With reports of the Union signing Algerian goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi, the goalkeeping situation is up in the air. Here's a look at how MacMath has been performing this year and how the front office might be viewing him.

The Union are reportedly in the process of signing Algerian goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi.