Charlotte Independence open 2016 USL campaign tonight…

charlotteindyThe Rapids USL affiliate in just their 2nd season open the 2016 campaign at home against Louisville City FC. Game time is 7pm eastern and can be found here.

Maybe we’ll see Rapids players Emmanuel Appiah or Caleb Calvert make an appearance. Both players were loaned to Charlotte on March 18.

Best of luck this season to the Charlotte Independence and Jack’s Militia!

 

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Doyle injured in international friendly…

Rapids striker Kevin Doyle who got the start for Ireland yesterday in a friendly against Switzerland had to be stretchered off the field some 27 minutes into the match after suffering an injury on a challenge from Timm Klose of Switzerland.

Graphic photo below from Doyle’s twitter account.

 

Well wishes Kevin on a speedy recovery!

The Full 90: Week 4 – Rapids 1 @ D.C. United 1 recap…

If you thought last weekend’s game against the Galaxy was sloppy, then this one made it look like a world class performance. Still a point is better than none.

The GOOD – Pappa makes an impact in his second consecutive game with an assist on the corner kick that was headed into the net by Dillon Powers in the 69th minute.

The BAD – Defensively gave up too many shots to United(19), 15 of those were from open play. Mistake by MacMath in the 80th minute that led to an equalizer goal for United. No Gashi due to a one game suspension, leaving a lack of creativity, support and shots from the midfield offensively. Rapids only had 8 shots for the game, 1 on target.

The UGLY – Sloppy game overall by both clubs. Rapids + National TV = Ugly soccer.

Rapids are 1-1-1 with 4 points after 3 games. 8th place in the Western Conference

Rapids finally sign Howard…

HowardWhat once began as a rumor or many would say a pipe dream has finally become a reality.

The Rapids announced today that they have acquired US International and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard. Howard is joining the Rapids as a designated player and will join the club at the end of the Premier League season in what is reported as a 3 year deal.

The Full 90: Week 2 – Galaxy 0 @ Rapids 1 recap…

What a win, Saturday night for the Rapids and their faithful.

The GOOD – Offensively the Rapids outshot the Galaxy 14-9, with 10 of those shots coming from open play and 8 of those were on target. Defensively the Rapids held LA to one shot on target for more than two-thirds of the game. Frustrated and kept Robbie Keene in check for most of the night. The Rapids didnt play for the point, like I thought they would late in the game, that is called progress, though it’s still very early in the season. MacMath gets a clean sheet. Marco Pappa off the bench with a beautiful shot in stoppage time to kill the Galaxy hopes.

The BAD – Sloppy for a good part of the game by both sides. The Rapids didnt score more than 1 goal, they created plenty of chances, but Rowe in goal for the Galaxy was superb until the 95th minute.

The UGLY – The look on Bruce Arena’s face after the loss.

The Rapids are 1-1-0, with 3 points after 2 games.

The Full 90: Rapids @ Quakes recap…

The first week of the season is now in the books for 2016! Let me make this quick, right to the good, bad and ugly.

The Good – Possession is more times than not an overrated stat, as in this case. The Rapids had 58% possession in this game but didnt score. The good thing about possession is if you have 58% possession that means that you are probably creating chances and getting shots as the Rapids did with 18 shots to San Jose’s 7. Possession only really means something when those chances created are capitalized on, IE, scoring goals and coming away with a win. Another good thing to take from this game is the Rapids constant frustrating of San Jose though out the game.

The Bad – The lapse of focus on marking Wondo 20 secs into the start of the second half, allowing him to score what would be the game winner. You can’t afford any lapses when Wondo is on the field. Next week against the Galaxy will only be that much tougher with Keane, Magee, Dos Santos, etc on the field.

The Ugly – Rapids opening the 2016 campaign with a loss.

Better days are ahead Rapids fans.

Rapids Recap Feb 28 – Mar 5…

Here is your weekly recap of happenings in the world of burgundy and blue.

Mar 3 – Rapids release new primary kit for 2016. The Rapids maintained the simple look to this years kit.

Mar 4 – Rapids acquire Jermaine Jones in a sign and trade deal. Rapids shocked the league with what could be one of the biggest moves in their history, trading away general allocation money and a 2017 first round draft pick.

Mar 4 – Rapids sign 2016 draft picks Emmanuel Appiah and Chris Froschauer to contracts.

 

Rapids release new primary kit for 2016…

 

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The Rapids did finally officially release the new kit yesterday, see detailed photos of it here.

What are your thoughts? Yay or nay?

Not earth shattering or anything, but also not bad in my opinion. I’d have to agree with some of the other reactions I’ve seen online, that the Rapids have kept the primary jersey classic in a sense.

Also not so sure about 3 stripes, down the side this year as them being on the shoulders but does give the jersey a cleaner look. I’d like to see it in the long sleeved version.

Rapids sign Froschauer & Appiah, acquire Jermaine Jones via trade…

In what has been one of the busiest days for the Rapids since the end of last season, the Rapids today signed two of their 2016 Super Draft picks, goalkeeper Chris Froschauer (Ohio St.) and midfielder Emmanuel Appiah(Univ of Cincinnati).

Then late this afternoon, comes the announcement of the Rapids trade with the New England Revolution for Jermaine Jones. The Rapids trading away general allocation money and a first round pick in 2017. Jones will have to serve a 6 game suspension from last season, but still this is an instant upgrade to the midfield. Welcome to the team, Jermaine!

If you dont already, follow Jermaine on twitter at www.twitter.com/@Jermainejunior.

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No I’m not saying this team makes the playoffs because of Jones alone, as there are a TON of variables that have to take place for that to happen. But you have to admit that we are much closer to that being at least a possibility.

4 questions heading into the Rapids season opener…

There are four questions in relation to the Rapids that come to mind as we head into the MLS season just days away.

Question #1Can the Rapids be the Leicester City of MLS this season? Meaning, can Pablo & Co be THE talk of the league, the top dog in the Supporter’s Shield race or even win the MLS Cup? Short answer, NO. Sure it’s possible and it would be great for the supporters and the league if the Rapids could pull off such a feat, but as long as Mastroeni is in charge, I dont see it happening. His substitution patterns are more times than not questionable at best. And he hasn’t grasped the idea of attacking football and how to implement it. The Rapids have hopes of a great season as the other 19 teams in MLS, but they will not be good enough to take the league by storm, though stranger things have happened.

Question #2 – Speaking of Mastroeni, he is no doubtedly on the hot seat coming this season. Does Pablo get the axe or does he make it through the whole season? How will he(Pablo) fare as 2016 rolls along? Will he be like Brendan Rogers (fired early season), Jose Mourinho (mid-season) or more like Louis Van Gaal, hanging on week in and week out throughout this season?

I strongly believe that if the Rapids get off to a bad start in March, April and maybe some into May that he is gone, adios, arrivederci, giving assistant coach John Spencer time to shape the team the way he wants especially before the pending arrival of Tim Howard in July. Though there is still nothing officially announced on this possible move.

Question #3Who will the Rapids miss the most this season Clint Irwin, Vicente Sanchez, Gaby Torres or Drew Moor? Quick answer without a doubt, Irwin, A LOT! Nothing against McMath, but you still have to prove to us that you’re capable in net. It’s gonna be difficult with a legendary Tim Howard looking over your shoulder even from as far away as Everton.

Next would be Sanchez. Many times last season he was the only spark offensively the Rapids had, the one player who could create and play 1v1 against opposing defenders, making him a fan favorite.

Question #4 – Can this season’s tandem of Doyle & Gashi be as good as the scoring duo of Conor Casey & Omar Cummings? Rapids fans can only hope so! We have yet to see much of Doyle and Gashi together on the pitch, but something tells me that if the midfield can move the ball forward and not create turnovers, this could be a special pair for the Rapids.

Those are just a few questions that came to mind for me as we head into the 2016 season starting in just 4 short days! Your thoughts? And what other questions do you have for this season?