- Watts has successful shoulder surgery…(coloradorapids.com)
- Sjoberg named to MLS Team of the Week…(coloradorapids.com)
The Rapids extend Dominique Badji this afternoon for an additional 2 years according to coloradorapids.com. Story here.
Badji currently leads the team this season with 9 goals and 6 assists.
Rapids Irish DP international striker Kevin Doyle has announced his retirement from soccer and the Rapids today. Story here.
Best of luck Kevin and thanks for everything you’ve done in burgundy and for the crest!
The second Rapids player to go on loan within a week as Berner makes his way to Phoenix to join the USL’s Rising F.C. Last week it was Caleb Calvert loaned out to the Rapids USL affiliate Charlotte Independence.
- Berner goes on loan to USL’s Phoenix Rising FC…(phxrisingfc.com) (coloradorapids.com)
- Independence match against Charleston postponed this weekend due to Hurricane Irma…(charlotteindependence.com)
- Kroenke donates $1 million to American Red Cross for Harvey relief efforts…(coloradorapids.com)
Kudos to Kroenke for getting involved with donating to the Red Cross. Stay safe everyone in the Carolinas and the rest of the Southeast with Irma approaching.
The Rapids announced earlier today that Pablo Mastroeni and the club have parted ways. Story here. Rapids assistant coach Steve Cooke has been named interim.
I know I speak for many when I say this. That renewing season memberships for 2018 seems much more likely now.
I’m certain there are a lot of happy linemen and 4th officials in PRO now too.
A lot going on today in Rapids world. Starting with the big news of the day with Dillon Powers.
- Midfield swap, Powers traded to Orlando City for Luis Gil…(coloradorapids.com)
- Rapids loan Sam Hamilton to Phoenix Rising FC…(colroadorapids.com)
- Independence unbeaten streak continues on after 2-2 draw with TFC2…(uslsoccer.com)
Thank you Dillon Powers for all that you did in your time here with the Rapids. Best of luck to Sam Hamilton in his loan to Phoenix Rising FC. Sam if not recalled back to the first team before then, will return to Colorado when Phoenix visits Weidner Field to take on the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Sept 9th. Congrats to the Charlotte Independence on growing their current unbeaten streak to 12 games.
This afternoon the Rapids announced Zac MacMath had undergone successful knee surgery today and will be out the next 4-6 weeks. Wait, what?
There aren’t many details from the club website. Story here.
Who knows what happened or when this injury came about. Was it from Saturday’s match or has this been a season long lingering issue? Regardless, best wishes on a speedy recovery Zac!
Howard will be in net for the MLS all-star game tomorrow night against Real Madrid. One would guess that he would also be in net for this weekend’s match against Vancouver with Berner as his backup. We’ll have to wait and see.
Willkommen Stefan Aigner!
Wednesday afternoon the Rapids announced the signing of the German born winger from 1860 Munich in what is a 3 1/2 year contract. Story here.
Is this the missing attacking piece to cure the Rapids scoring woes this season? We wont know for some time. A lot of this will depend on how quickly he is able to get comfortable in his new setting of course. How Pablo uses him is a huge factor, because it’s Pablo we’re talking about. How he uses anyone on the roster is and always seems to be a question mark.
The thought looks to be with this signing and with everyone healthy of course, is that Aigner on the right wing, which would have Marlon Hairston moving to right back where he has played a few times this season. Hairston would still be able to provide an attacking option from that position when necessary. This move also would allow Eric Miller to move back into his natural left back position.
Are there more moves to come from the RFO before the transfer window closes? We’ll have to wait and see.
I’ll make this brief.
The GOOD – First road point of the season. Badji’s equalizer in the 76th minute. The Rapids played a better second half than first half, not counting the last 5 minutes of the match. The Academy didn’t hand out any Oscars for that bit of acting in those final 5 mins. Kortne Ford didnt receive a red card on his challenge on Giovinco, though he should have.
The BAD – Another slow start to a game. 1st half 40% possession, 0 corners, outshot 7-2, committing 7 fouls along the way.
The UGLY -The final 5+ plus mins of the match. If the team was really cramping up or stalling we’ll never truly know, but it wasn’t the best show of the team as a whole. Maybe even a bit disrespectful to the game. Every team at some point does it, but what we witnessed those last 5 mins, that was ridiculous. If that is the “heart” that Pablo referred to this team having earlier in the season, then this team is in dire need of a heart transplant, starting with Pablo removed from the position of manager.