The Rapids on Friday made official the re-signings of Nick LaBrocca, and Carlos Alvarez. While also signing Marc Burch to a new contract. Full story here.
I’m excited about Alvarez re-signing but not so much about the re-signing of LaBrocca aka Pablo’s favorite player. He’s experienced in the midfield sure and adds to the depth at that position for the club, but one has to wonder at times what he’s thinking on the pitch. He’s the one player on the team that worries me most when he is on the ball. Hopefully with the additional competition at the midfield position to the team this offseason, we will see lesser of LaBrocca on the pitch.
After a 1-1 draw with New England last Saturday and a 1-0 win over FC Tucson on Wednesday, the Rapids will play in the Desert Diamond Cup final this Saturday. The Rapids this preseason have a 2-1-2 record, (including the UNLV game).
I know results shouldnt really matter in the preseason and it’s more about putting together a game plan for the season and at the same time building a team that can execute that game plan with positive results during the season and into the playoffs. I will argue that when you are winless in the last 14 games of a season that results in the current preseason are just as important as they will be during the 2015 regular season.
The Desert Diamond Cup Final will be streamed online, this Saturday starting at 7pm.
Today the Colorado Rapids signed their second Designated Player in club history in Juan Ramirez. Ramirez a midfielder, signs with the Rapids as a Young DP from Argentinos Juniors.
The transfer fee for Ramirez is reported to be somewhere over 2 million dollars. Ramirez has spent the last 4 seasons with Argentinos Juniors, first featuring with the team in 2010 at 17 years old.
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I know it’s only preseason, but if this were the regular season, the Rapids who lead for a majority of the game holding 3 points in their grasp. Sporting scored in the 77th and the tying goal in the 78th minute, both goals coming after the Rapids were playing down a man on the ejection of Francisco Flores in the 75th minute.
Again it’s only preseason but this is where the Rapids have to begin to tighten the screws and bolts as they head into the start of the new season and a loss like this can hopefully serve as a learning point moving forward. Points dropped during the season like this will serve as another long season for the Rapids and their fans.
Dominque Badji and Gaby Torres both scored for the Rapids with assists from Lucas Pittinari and Vicente Sanchez. Zac MacMath was in net for the Rapids. If you include the preseason game against UNLV, then the Rapids are 1-1-1 so far this preseason.
Rapids will play their next preseason game of the Desert Diamond Cup against the New England Revolution this Saturday.
The Rapids in their first preseason match against an MLS opponent Sunday night, were unable to find the back of the net, in a 2-0 loss to San Jose in the first Las Vegas Pro Soccer Challenge Cup. Recap here.
Nothing to worry about just yet as we’re talking preseason and according to Pablo this was mostly about the team competing and fitness.
I do hope at some point this preseason it’s more about tactics and execution of a game plan as well as building a winning attitude and roster. Time will tell with the season opener less than a month away.
The Rapids now head to Tucson for the Desert Diamond Cup, first game on Wednesday.
Irish international striker Kevin Doyle is in town visiting the Rapids and reports are that he may be the DP the Rapids are hoping to lure here from Wolverhampton in what looks to be a 3 year contract.
If the parties involved can come to an agreement, Doyle could be a free transfer when his contract with Wolves ends this summer. There is also a possibility he could be here sooner as he hasnt been in favor with Wolverhampton manager Kenny Jackett and there are reports that Wolves are looking to possibly move him sooner.
When exactly will Doyle, Wolves, and the Rapids finalize a deal and how soon may we see him in burgundy and blue is anyone’s guess? There is a single issue that could play into when Doyle would arrive with the team, his wife is pregnant and due to deliver in a matter of weeks.
Brian Mullan who retired from playing after last season with the Rapids returned to the team both as an assistant coach and a community ambassador. Full story here.
Welcome back Brian and best of luck in your new roles!
Catching up on other previous news.
– The Rapids have added to their front office last week in the hiring of Richard Clarke from Arsenal as the new Senior Director of Communications and Digital Media.
– Former Rapids homegrown player Davy Armstrong signs with USL Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.
– The loan of Belgrano midfielder Lucas Pittinari to the Rapids was made official at the end of January.
The “Zat Knight experiment” is over.
According to the coloradorapids.com, Knight and the Rapids have parted ways on mutual consent. Knight made 4 appearances last season in the final 4 games in an effort to add experience to the backline and leadership on the field.
I dont think myself or other Rapids fans will lose any sleep over this decision.
Full story here.