What is it with Dallas lately? It seems like almost every player that is or was a Rapids player has found a new home in Paraja’s FC Dallas. Reading this morning about Eloundou being on trial there currently and then the news of Maynor Figueroa having signed with them and the Rapids receiving allocation money. Let’s not forget recent past player like Hendry Thomas and if you want to go back a little further pre-Pareja, Atiba Harris. Have the Rapids suddenly become a farm club to FC Dallas? It’s beginning to look that way. Best of luck Maynor and thank you all you did in your short time with the Rapids.
Juan Ramirez, the Rapids diving midfielder has turned up in Spain and was reported yesterday to be on loan to second division Spanish side U.D. Almeria. It is reported as a 6 month loan. The Paul Bravo comment, “Juan is a young player who we identified and then helped to develop in MLS” is amusing. Identified, yes. Developed? That’s a HUGE NO! This instead needs to be a 6 week loan, as the season starts March 6th and Rapids as of today, have very little depth at the attacking mid position. Best of luck in Spain Juan, maybe we’ll see you again in burgundy and blue, but I dont trust Bravo with this move. I expect this to be a sale at the end of the loan.
The Rapids announced today the return of former striker John Spencer to the club in the capacity of 1st team assistant coach, full story here. One is to assume this is the offensive coordinator that Bravo and the RFO were referring to bringing in to help Pablo right after the collapse of the 2015 season, not to mention the second consecutive collapse.
I will give the RFO credit, Spencer has previous coaching experience as an assistant with the Dynamo and a manager of the Timbers. That’s more experience than current manager Mastroeni had before he became manager a week before the start of the 2014 campaign.
Some would even go as far to say that the hiring of Spencer is also seen as a brief look into the future as Pablo’s replacement should this season go as bad the last two seasons have, myself included. The transition would be easy, but would probably not be the best of choices, when and if that moment comes. Spencer was tough and fiery as a player, but that doesnt always transfer over into the coaching ranks, hence the clubs current situation the last 2 years under Mastroeni and also Spencer’s 2 and a half years in Portland as the head man.
Welcome back Spencer and best of luck!
An important piece to the Rapids back line re-signed today in veteran Bobby Burling. Burling in what will be his 11th season, (2nd with the Rapids) made 22 appearances, all starts last season(1958 mins), scoring 2 goals. Burling also wore the captain’s armband a number of games last season as well. Welcome back, Bobby!
MLS Super Draft rounds 3 and 4 took place yesterday and the Rapids added a keeper(imagine that a day after trading away Clint Irwin), 2 defenders, and a forward. Each of which have a chance to make this squad, or they may never see the inside of DSGP at all, with the continued lack of direction and leadership coming from the RFO more than ever right now.
The 43rd, 56th and 58th picks saw the Rapids add goal keeper Chris Frouchauer from Ohio State, UCLA defender Javan Torre and defender Bradley Kamdem out of UNLV. The fourth round the Rapids picked up forward John Manga out of the University of Cincinnati with the 63rd overall pick. Welcome boys!
Rounds 3 and 4 were a lot less hectic than the first two rounds were.
Yesterday’s 2016 Super Draft in Baltimore was a busy one for a number of teams, but none more than the Rapids. The Rapids came into the Super Draft with the number 2 overall pick and there were rumblings ahead of time that there was possibility of them trading away the pick.
That pick was traded away to the Union, but prior to that, the Rapids had made a trade with the Galaxy, sending allocation monies away for the 12th overall pick. Then the Rapids traded away their 12th and 22nd picks to the Fire for their 15th and 33rd picks and their top allocation spot. That 15th pick would not be traded away as the Rapids used that pick on midfielder Emmanuel Appiah from the University of Cincinnati.
The Rapids now with the #1 allocation spot, came the rumors of the Rapids going after U.S. International Alejandro Bedoya, of French side Nantes as reported by Taylor Twellman.
Then soon after the Rapids made another trade, this time with Western Conference rival, FC Dallas, trading away the 33rd pick for the 37th and 57th picks. The 37th pick was spent on defender Dennis Castillo out of VCU.
At the end of the day, the Rapids made a lot of moves, confusing most of them. Are the Rapids are any better coming away from the first two rounds as they were going in? No. Rounds 3 and 4 of the draft take place on Tuesday the 19th.
Earlier today it was reported of the Rapids having interest in 24 year old Mexican International striker, Alan Pulido. Reports are also that Bravo is on his way to visit Pulido at his current club, Greek 1st division side Olympiakos, of the Greek Super League where Pulido is rumored to be unhappy in his current situation.
This report from Goal.com‘s Jon Arnold from December 28th provides some insight, click here.
Bravo’s flying to Greece right away makes sense because Pulido has featured only once this season and if he can get Pulido to sign on the dotted line right away then hopefully the Rapids can get him here in time for preseason. And not to mention Pulido’s current contract with Olympiakos ends June 29th and the Rapids cant afford to wait on another striker though to mid season like they did with Irish International striker Kevin Doyle last season.
Photo credit – Unknown, found on sumario.com.mx
I received a text from a friend yesterday who mentioned the Rapids could be looking into signing Cristian Canga from the first division Colombian side Atletico Huila. Of course My first response was of course. “Who?”. So I immediately did some research and the first thing that I found was this tweet from @FichajesFPC2016 and that Canga (@Canga14) later retweeted on January 2nd below.
La Nacion website out of Colombia reports that an agreement has been reached between the Rapids and the forward.
I’m certain there will be more to come as this unfolds.