Feb 24 – Rapids lose 4-1 to Sporting KC. Rapids took a beating allowing 4 goals to Sporting, 3 of those on penalties.
Feb 25 – Rapids trade for international spot. Adding to what’s been one the most busy off seasons in Rapids history, they trade allocation monies with San Jose for an international slot.
Feb 27 – Gashi with a goal and an assist in 3-0 win over Arizona United SC. Rapids DP Shkelzen Gashi opens his scoring account albeit preseason. Will his assist on Doyle’s goal in the 31st minute be a common sight this season on pitches all around the MLS in 2016? Rapids fans can only hope so.
Only 7 days until the start of the MLS season.
The Rapids traded away general allocation monies(GAM) to the Quakes for targeted allocation monies(TAM) and an international spot. Story here.
With this trade comes of course more rumors. The latest rumor outside of anything to do with Howard or Bedoya is this one about Santos striker Javier Orozco from MLS Multiplex, click here.
Will the Rapids pull off a major move before the season opener?
Feb 14 – Rapids acquire Miller from Montreal. Rapids add depth, experience, and added competition to the back line.
Feb 17 – Rapids 3-1 loss to Swope Park Rangers in Desert Diamond Cup. First match of the Desert Diamond Cup and a loss to first season USL side, Swope Park Rangers. Rapids 3-1 in preseason.
Feb 20 – Rapids drop points to Dynamo in a 0-0 draw. A draw is better than a loss. Unfortunately I didnt get to watch this match as I was at Coors Field taking in the Battle on Blake hockey game between Colorado College and DU. That’s the reason there was no Full 90 game recap.
Rapids lose their first game of the preseason. It was the first match of the 2016 Desert Diamond Cup for both clubs.
What was worse, losing to a team that right now is barely more than a local YMCA team or the poor online streaming efforts that was at times 4-8 minutes behind the live action via the Rapids twitterfeed? Let’s just say both for now.
The GOOD – Dominique Badji with the only first half highlight with a header from a DIllon Powers free kick tying the score in the 19th min at 1-1.
The BAD – Defense and goal tending. 3 soft goals given up by both Froschauer(2) and McMath(1), the first coming in the first minute of play. Also bad, the lack of possession (aka turnovers)and no resemblance of any attacking football anywhere by the Rapids.
The UGLY – See this Rapids tweet below post game with Pablo.
Clearly if this was their focus on the game, “attacking the ball after a turnover” then what we all know to be true about Pablo, the head coach, that he has no clue and it’s gonna be another long season for Rapids supporters.
Here’s a thought Pablo, how about this for an idea, attacking football should be a focus. How about creating some chemistry on the field, not just on offense, but on the defensive side as well! How about not only creating and maintaining possession, but doing something with possession besides shooting balls over the top and hoping!
It was a busy week for the Rapids as the 2016 regular season opener against San Jose on the road is now less than 4 weeks away.
Feb 8 – Rapids defeat OC Blues 2-0 in a preseason friendly. in the second preseason friendly of the preseason, Kevin Doyle and Caleb Calvert score.
Feb 9 – Rapids acquire Conor Doyle from DC United. Trading away a third round pick in the 2017 draft the Rapids acquired forward Conor Doyle.
Feb 13 – Rapids defeat Sacramento Republic FC 1-0. Rapids win in their first official preseason match against Republic FC on a late goal by A.J. Cochran. Rapids move to 3-0 in the preseason with previous wins over OC Blues FC and Seongnam FC.
This off season and so far into preseason the Rapids roster continues evolve. The Rapids yesterday traded a 2018 1st round pick in the Super Draft and GAM to the Montreal Impact for defender Eric Miller.
Miller played 2 seasons with Montreal and previous to Montreal he spent time with the Timbers U23 team.
Miller made $71375 with Montreal last season.
Follow Eric Miller on twitter: @emillller
As first reported by the Washington Post Soccer Insider this morning, D.C. United forward Conor Doyle has been traded to the Rapids for a 3rd round draft pick in 2017.
The attacking forward has scored 4 goals in 56 appearances since 2013 with DC United. Prior to 2013 Doyle featured for Derby County in 22 appearances over 3 seasons.
Doyle’s salary was $61500 last season with DC United according to the MLS Players Union website.
Follow Conor Doyle on Twitter: @ConorDoyle14
On what is deadline day in the footballing world of the winter transfer window, the Rapids seem to have added two pieces to the roster, while losing another. Washington Post Soccer Insider, Steven Goff reports that the Rapids are in the process of trading Marcelo Sarvas to DC United. Sarvas is said to have shown up at United’s training camp this morning. The deal is reportedly for target allocation money. More to come as this unfolds.
UPDATE – Late this afternoon the Rapids finalized a trade of Marcelo Sarvas to DC United for targeted allocation money and a 2018 draft pick. Thank you Sarvas for your time in burgundy and blue! Best of luck!
According to the Twittersphere, the Rapids have added defender Mekeil Williams from Antigua GFC, no details on the transaction so far.
The Rapids it seems has added some help for Doyle up top in the signing of Albanian striker Shkelzen Gashi from Swiss side FC Basel. Gashi signs with the Rapids as a designated player in what is a reported as a 4 year deal. Gashi is the two time defending golden boot winner since he’s arrived in Basel in 2014.
Welcome Shkelzen Gashi and Mekeil Williams!