Denver Post article… Joseph Greenspan

Nice article on the Rapids 26th overall draft pick of the 2014 MLS Super Draft, Joseph Greenspan by Daniel Boniface of the Denver Post here.

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Rapids to host 2015 All Star game…

There were rumors of it over the weekend and even an announcement about Garber and the Rapids holding a press conference this coming Wednesday but with no idea of what it might be about.

The Denver Post today confirms that the Colorado Rapids will host the 2015 MLS All-Star game. Don Garber will make the official announcement on Wednesday at Union Station at 1:30pm. This will be the second time the Rapids have hosted the all-star game. The first time was in 2007 against Celtic F.C.

No mention yet as who the opponent will be, rumors out there now are Tottenham or Arsenal. Arsenal of course would make the most sense with Rapids owner Stan Kroenke also owning the majority share of Arsenal.

Rapids add Sam Cronin, officially say goodbye to Jose Mari…

The Rapids today have added to their midfield with Sam Cronin from the San Jose Earthquakes for allocation money. Cronin is a 6 year veteran and was the 3rd pick overall in the 2009 MLS Super Draft out of Wake Forest University. Full story here.

Welcome Sam Cronin!

 

Jose Mari and the Rapids are officially done. Jose Mari over the weekend signed a one and half year contract with La Liga side, Levante U.D. and will wear the number 25. Story here.

Thanks for everything and best of luck Jose Mari!

Klute traded to Columbus…

A day after what was a pretty good day in the MLS Super Draft for the Rapids, today they just completed the trade made with the Columbus Crew SC yesterday for the 14th pick by trading away defender Chris Klute and in return receiving allocation money. Definitely not a move I think anyone saw coming. Full story here.

What are the front office and Pablo thinking?

Klute will certainly excel in his new home. How can he not with a club and front office that has more direction in where they want to go in 2015 and beyond than what we’ve seen here with the Rapids.

Thanks for everything Klute, best of luck with the Crew.

Rapids get defensive on day 1 of Super Draft…

The Rapids who some were thought to go with adding some depth to their midfield, in the draft today instead went with strengthening their back line somewhat with two defenders in the first two rounds. Colorado held the 19th pick to start the day and ended up trading up with Columbus to gain the 14th pick, That pick was Swedish born Axel Sjoberg, 6’7″ out of Marquette University.

The Rapids also held the 26th pick overall and in the second round selected Joseph Greenspan out of the U.S. Naval Academy. How soon we get to see Greenspan take the pitch will be decided by the Naval Academy, Greenspan has his commitment to the military that could be done while he pursues a professional soccer career, think David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs or even later.

Welcome to both Axel Sjoberg and Joseph Greenspan!

Rapids also made another surprise move today by trading allocation money and rank to the Los Angeles Galaxy for midfielder Marcelo Sarvas. Sarvas a fan favorite in LA comes over to the Rapids as a key contributor to the Galaxy success winning MLS Cup titles with the Galaxy in 2012 and 2014. Sarvas started 80 of the 88 appearances he made for the Galaxy, even 3 goals and 11 assists in 2014. This makes up for the loss of Jose Mari this season as he wanted to return to Spain to continue his career.

Welcome Marcelo Sarvas!

Not sure how I missed this one but Chris Bianchi reported earlier in the week that the Rapids have signed a midfielder out of Argentina by the name of Lucas Pittinari. Pittinari, 23, played 5 years in the top flight in Argentine Primera Division with Club Atletico Belgrano and comes over on a one year loan with the option to purchase. Full story here. To translate the page if using Google Chrome, right click and highlight “Translate to English”.

Welcome Lucas Pittinari!

Overall the Rapids I would say had a very productive draft day, acquiring two quality defenders and later trading for an experienced midfielder in Sarvas. My biggest concern is whether or not Pablo and his staff can develop the new talent (Sjoberg and Greenspan) and put together a solid gameplan week after week for the team to have much more success in 2015. Only time will tell as training camps start next week.

Rounds 3 and 4 of the MLS Super Draft take place next Tuesday via phone conference.

Rapids vs Quakes in preseason friendly

The Rapids will play their first match of the preseason in Las Vegas against the San Jose Earthquakes Feb 15th at Cashman Field. In the first ever Las Vegas Pro Soccer Challenge Cup(way too long of a name). Full story here.

The Rapids then head to Tucson to take part in the Desert Diamond Cup from Feb 18-28th hosted by the United Soccer Leagues PDL team, F.C. Tucson. Accommodations and ticket information here. Eight other MLS teams along with the Rapids will participate in preseason activities in Tucson, New England Revolution, Houston Dynamo, Sporting Kansas City, Real Salt Lake, Portland Timbers, Vancouver Whitecaps, Seattle Sounders, San Jose Earthquakes as early as January 31st.

MLS Super Draft Preview…Colorado Rapids

With the MLS Super Draft just 5 days away, Matthew Doyle of mlssoccer.com provides his preview for the Rapids heading into the draft. Click here. Doyle sights midfield depth as the primary need and a creative winger as the secondary need.

What do you think are the primary needs for the Rapids going into the 2015 season?

O’Neill, Serna called to U.S. Men’s camp…

Dillon Serna and Shane O’Neill have been called to the U.S. Men’s National Team January camp. The camp runs from Jan 12-Feb 8, with a friendlies scheduled against the Chilean National Team on Jan 28th in Chile and against Panama Feb 8th here in the US.

Full story here.

Congratulations Shane and Dillon! Continue to make us proud!

MLS releases 2015 schedule…finally

Finally finally finally! MLS released their 2015 full schedule today!

Full schedule here,

Rapids schedule here.

Along with the release of the new schedule comes an expanded playoff system which will add 2 more teams bringing the total to 12 and begin just 3 days after the end of the regular season. Really not much time for any build up leading towards the playoffs.

The good, the bad and the ugly of it all is this.

The Good

– The battle for the Rocky Mountain Cup this year will again be a 3 match event. The Rapids will host Salt Lake twice this year (July 12th & Oct 3rd) and play at Rio Tinto on June 7th.

– Rapids home opener is against NYCFC on March 21st.

РDespite the Rapids not playing Salt Lake during either of the two Rivalry week(s) this season, the Rapids will be playing Sporting KC during both weekends. A rival if in no other reason but close proximity and conference.  Sporting supporters travel well, if you remember last season at DSGP, so it should be a fun atmosphere.

The Bad

– Rivalry Week(ends) June 26-28 and Aug 28-30, the Rocky Mountain Cup against Salt Lake isnt featured in either weekend. In my opinion this kinda let’s you know what the league thinks about the Cup and the competition. Sure the intensity has died down a bit between the teams but in my opinion, Rivalry week should be all rivalries regardless of how the league office views them. There is some great history between a lot of teams.

– No Orlando City SC on the home schedule. I guess they still have bad memories of a beat down in the US Open Cup match played here last season.

– Rapids play opening weekend on the road at Philadelphia, off the following week and then open at home the 3rd week of the season. A break in the second week of the season is not necessary.

– The expanded playoffs to 12 teams. Dont like it not because like most who feel it makes the regular season meaningless, but because the playoffs take too long to get through. And this year with a FIFA break in the middle, the playoffs will not conclude until mid December after starting Oct 28th.

The Ugly

– The season cant get here quick enough!

 

Rapids add keeper Zac MacMath on loan from Union…

Another intra-league loan, oh joy! The Philadelphia Union loan keeper Zac MacMath to the Rapids for the 2015 season. MacMath, 23 was selected 5th overall in the 2011 Super Draft.

My two cents. MacMath has the experience, (4 years, 103 appearances in the league) in backing up Irwin or at least challenging Irwin for the starting job is certainly a good thing. The Rapids trading away of Joe Nasco to the Revolution, left only John Berner, who has just 5 appearances in 2014 his only season with the Rapids, as the only other keeper on the roster. So the move makes sense for the Rapids, yes I said “Rapids” and “makes sense” in the same sentence. I can guarantee you that this probably wont happen too much this season. The Rapids would give up a draft pick to the Union if MacMath becomes a permanent transfer. Welcome Zac MacMath!

“Great now we have a Zac and a Zat on the roster!” said no one ever.