Colorado Rapids

Rumor Roundup

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A bit of news and rumor from the first week of the offseason. The primary source is from Padraig Smith's interview on the Vic Lombardi radio show on Wednesday morning.

Most notable, to me, was Smith's talk about how Gashi's play was disappointing this year and how it stemmed from him not following the offseason plan laid out for him after the 2016 season.

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).

Euro & Copa Preview

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Two big tournaments kick off over the next 8 days. Tomorrow we get the start of the Copa America Centenario here in the U.S. and then a week later Euro 2016 starts in France. Surprisingly the Rapids have 3, but only 3, players involved in these tournaments when 5 months ago we thought we'd be lucky to have one (and sadly that one, Kevin Doyle, isn't involved).

Battle Of The Eagles

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Talon vs. Edson. Either way RapidMan is still better
Colorado makes the first of many East Coast trips this weekend as we're in the nation's capital facing DC United. Its also our only appearance on ESPN this season. We're hitting DC at a weak moment so maybe that will favor us but Gashi's suspension will hurt.

Callup and Suspension

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Some surprise news today as Michael Azira got his first ever callup for Uganda. They play Burkina Faso in back to back World Cup Qualifiers during this international break. Add him to the list with Kevin Doyle and Pappa.

A less enjoyable surprise also was revealed today. Gashi is suspended for Sunday's game in DC.

Rapids Add Gashi As DP, Williams As Well

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BIG news from Commerce City today that nobody saw coming. Colorado announced their newest Designated Player, Shkëlzen Gashi. Who? Yeah, pretty much everyone had that reaction (and because of that ë I'm just going to refer to him as Gashi from now on).

Gashi is a 27 year old winger/striker from Zurich.

The Rest

Euro and Copa Wrap-Up

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Now that all the relevant Rapids teams have been eliminated from the Copa and Euros lets see how it went.

We'll start with the easy one, the Euros. Albania was 3 and out, being the worst third placed team with one win and two losses. Still, not bad for their first ever major tournament and their win over Romania was a major victory for them.