The GOOD – The 7 game losing streak is over ! The Rapids scored 2 goals and kept a clean sheet, And a road win too! VAR worked as it should in 2 probable goals by MNUFC. Beautiful assist from Hairston on Boli’s goal in the first half.
The BAD – Where has this performance been the previous 7 games, not to mention the entire season? But the use of VAR that interrupted the flow of the game
The UGLY – the melee in stoppage time at the end of the game,
STOPPAGE TIME – Seriously the best overall team performance of the season. I personally don’t have a problem with Tommy Smith’s celebration in front of the MNUFC bench. When you’re on a team in the midst of a 7 game losing streak, celebrating a win of this magnitude is understandable even if it means antagonizing the opposing team in front of their bench. The response from Minnesota is also understandable, because they were only doing what any other team playing and losing at home would’ve done in the fashion they did. The post red card antics of Smith as he was being escorted from the field of course makes him a villain to Minnesota supporters and is the kind of stuff that makes the future matches between these two sides must see TV. Along with the earlier scuffle between former teammates Dillon Serna and Loons defender Matt Burch.
Impressive match for Rapids rookie Cole Bassett, who got his first start. I was interested to see what this 17 year old “wonder kid” could do against MLS competition for 90 mins with all of the hype Hudson and the Rapids front office has been spewing our way recently. Caution, one match doesn’t make a legend. But it is a cause for excitement for the 2019 season.
WHAT’S AHEAD? – The Rapids continue their road trip in San Jose for a Sunday afternoon match at Avaya Stadium against the Quakes. The Quakes have the worst point total of the season with 20 points, 7pts behind the Rapids. Can the Rapids bottle up the energy and determination of this MNUFC match and unleash it against the Quakes for a similar result? I’ll be making my way West for this match this weekend, I hope to see plenty of Rapids fans there!
The GOOD – The second half of the game was a much better half than the first. Good play on the night for Sjoberg. Thank God for San Jose!
The BAD – Still an issue of poor marking on the defensive side, especially on the back line. Injuries have hurt this team alot this season, Nicholson has been sorely missed in his absence.
The UGLY – The losing streak continues, standing at 7 games. The scoring drought too, now outscored 15-1 in the last 5 games.
Stoppage time – It’s good the team has been alerted that everyone is being evaluated these remaining games ahead for next season. I think we can all agree that there will be a few changes this offseason but nowhere near the 15-16 we saw last off season. Of course the biggest change should be the removal of Hudson, but that cannot happen with Pablo still on the payroll. Hudson will have a full offseason to get his system fined tuned and SMith helping to fine tune the roster. We’re keep an eye on what the scouting finds on the international market this offseason. They need to be on the look out for players with a high soccer IQ, I dont think we have maybe a couple players currently on the roster with any soccer IQ to speak of.
The GOOD – It was only 1-0 at the half, a mental win for the Rapids. Now if the league only gave points for those.
The BAD – the lack of man to man marking inside the 18, which lead to the first goal for the Sounders as well as the 3rd and 4th goals. The substitution in the 15th minute of Jackson on for Boateng, clearly again illustrates that Hudson doesnt have a clue and/or didnt properly prepare for this game. Martinez should have never been a starter, especially not up top as a striker. 35 % possession in the first half,with 0 shots on goal.One less attacking piece with a 2nd consecutive game missed for Edgar Castillo.
The UGLY – I’m gonna hurt some local feelings when I say that Dillon Serna should not be a starter. Serna off the bench is better than “Starting XI” Serna by far, I dont care if he’s learning a new position or not. On the surface, both Serna and Martinez on the field at the same time is just poor roster management on Hudson’s part. Is it just me, but does it seem like “injuries” are lasting longer this season? Almost as if Hudson might be holding players out longer so he can keep tinkering with lineups and examining players to see where they fit in his scheme? Does everyone get a fucking juice box and orange wedges after the game too? Your starting XI Hudson should be your best XI, not who had a great week of training! Speaking of training ,what is it exactly that you guys do?!
Rapids adda another hoemgrown player to theiractive roster in Cole Bassett, full story here.
TheRapids season of change continues, Rapids announced the trade of Michael Azira to the Montreal Impact in exchange for a 2020 draft pick full story here.
Thank you Michael for everything you did under the Rapids badge, best of luck to you in the future
Late last evening the Rapids announced a press conference for today at noon. But of rumors (or news, whichever you prefer) are already out that Rapids striker Dominique Badji will be traded to FC Dallas for Kellyn Acosta. More certainly to come.
UPDATE – As of barely 10 minutes ago coloradorapids.com have officially announced the trade of Dominique Badji to FC Dallas for Kelly Acosta.
Press conference is set for 12pm (MT).
Rapids and FC Dallas will swap first round picks in the 2019 Super Draft and half any transfer monies should Acosta be transferred to an international club through the summer transfer window of 2020. Full read here.
Best of luck Badji, you will be missed and thanks for everything you did wearing the burgundy and blue!
Welcome Kellyn Acosta!
Badji is on his way to Senegal for finalization of his green card process according to the Rapids website, story here.
Does that mean Yannick Boli will be up top in Badji’s absence or will we see Jack McBean(please no)? Or could the Rapids call up someone from Charlotte or Colorado Springs?
September 1st the Rapids will play a friendly in Tim Howard’s adopted hometown of Memphis against the USL’s Tulsa Roughnecks FC to celebrate the team name and logo launch of the new USL Memphis side, who will begin play in 2019, story here.
This comes at a good time for the Rapids who have a bye that week before heading to Portland to face the Timbers the following week on Sept 8th.
The Rapids yesterday added Giles Barnes in a 6 month deal with a club option for the 2019 season, story here.
Barnes comes over from Liga MX side, Club Leon.
Barnes played in MLS previously with Vancouver, Houston and Orlando before joining Leon.
Welcome to you Giles Barnes.
The Rapids also announced yesterday that defender Kip Colvey was loaned to USL side Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, story here.
This just in (late night edition). Rapids forward Joe Mason on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers has been waived earlier in the week according to reports. Mason has cleared waivers and will return to Wolverhampton.
Mason scored 3 goals in 14 appearances playing 758 minutes this season for the Rapids.
It’s also rumored the Rapids are close to signing Giles Barnes from Liga MX side, Club Leon.
No official word on Mason yet from the Rapids as he is still listed on the roster on the team website.
Best of luck Joe Mason and thanks for your contributions!
UPDATE: It’s now official, link from Rapids website, here.