Rapids protected and unprotected lists heading into the expansion draft…

MLS has released each teams protected and unprotected lists as we head into Wednesday’s expansion draft. Below are the Rapids lists. Select Homegrown players and all Generation Adidas players are automatically protected.

The Rapids wasted a spot on the protected list. How and why is Zat Knight on the list of protected players I’ll never understand. What is the club thinking?

11 Protected                        Automatically Protected
Deshorn Brown (Int’l)           Davy Armstrong (Homegrown)
Michael Harrington               Caleb Calvert (Homegrown)
Clint Irwin                             Marlon Hairston (Generation adidas)
Chris Klute                            Shane O’Neill (Homegrown)
Zat Knight (Int’l)                   Dillon Serna (Homegrown)
Nick LaBrocca
Drew Moor
Dillon Powers
Vicente Sanchez (Int’l)
Gabriel Torres (Int’l)
Jared Watts

 

Unprotected list

Gale Agbossoumonde
Edson Buddle
Marc Burch
Tony Cascio
Geoffrey Castillion (Int’l)
Kamani Hill
Dimitry Imbongo (Int’l)
Jose Mari (Int’l)
Brian Mullan
Danny Mwanga
Thomas Piermayr (Int’l)
Marvell Wynne
Carlos Alvarez
John Berner
Charles Eloundou (Int’l)
John Neeskens
Grant van de Casteele

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Rapids add Michael Harrington, trade Nasco…

On what should be called “transactions week” with numerous trade windows and drafts happening this week, the Rapids did some early Christmas shopping and landed defender Michael Harrington from Portland in exchange for allocation money. An 8 year veteran, in 2013 Harrington started 33 games for the Timbers. In 2014 made 25 appearances despite an ankle injury in May.

The Rapids also traded away keeper Joe Nasco. Nasco and a 2015 3rd round draft pick were sent to the New England Revolution for forwards Dimitry Imbongo, Geoffrey Castillion and a second round pick in the 2015 Super Draft.

Busy day indeed for the Rapids. Welcome to the team Harrington, Imbongo, and Castillion!

MLS, Adidas introduce new ball for 2015…

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Nativo, the new ball for MLS in 2015 introduced by the league and Adidas today.

I like the look and the faint maple leaf and star that appear on the ball to represent both Canada and the US. I’m still find it difficult at times to get used to seeing the new league logo. It’s almost looks like it doesnt belong on the ball. There’s a nice video on the design and testing process here.

I find it funny that a day after the MLS Cup final that MLS can introduce a new ball for the 2015 season, but have yet to release the 2015 league schedule. Your thoughts on the new ball? Do you like it better than the Brazuca?

Pablo visits Middlesbrough…

MBoroPablo Maestroeni has been spending time with former teammate and Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka. Karanka has been the manager of Middlesbrough since Novemeber of 2013. Prior to joining Middlesbrough, Karanka served as an assistant to Mourinho. According to the Rapids, Pablo will be taking in some training sessions, share ideas and gather insight from Karanka. This is certainly good for Pablo, who’s going into his second season at the helm of the Rapids. I hope that this isn’t the only place he will be visiting to get ideas and gather information from.

What again about the so called “partnership” with Arsenal? I really think he could further benefit from someone who’s been in the position a lot longer than Karanka like Arsene Wenger. But it’s a good start for the Rapids young coach. Thanks again Kroenke for nothing.

As bad as last season was for the Rapids and their fans, all the blame can’t be directed towards Pablo, who was seemingly thrown into the position after training camp finished. Pablo needs to figure out what style of soccer he wants to embrace and develop the best ways to execute that style through his time learning at Middlesbrough. He also of course needs to have the right personnel on the roster and some depth as well.

In other Rapids news…

Rapids USL Pro affiliate Charlotte Independence choose their first coach