On this date… July 16, 2007

You no doubt remember this date well as a die-hard or even a casual supporter of the Rapids. In what is or has to be the worst trades in not only Rapids history but MLS history. On this date ten years ago, came the trade of Kyle Beckerman to hated rival RSL for Moroccan born midfielder Medhi Ballouchy. Who? This trade even 10 years later still baffles many supporters.

Ballouchy was a former Rapids U23 player and the 2nd pick overall of the 2006 draft by that “other team” in the mountain time zone. A draft that also featured notables, Sasha Kljestan, Jozy Altidore, Kei Kamara, Dax McCarty and Marvell Wynne.

Quotes about the trade from coloradorapids.com.

“The Rapids are excited to add another attacking option to the team in Mehdi Ballouchy. “He will bring a youthful creativity to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.” – Fernando Clavijo

Prior to the trade Ballouchy appeared in 46 games for RSL, 40 starts with 2 goals and 2 assists. So much for creativity I guess. While Beckerman scored 7 goals and 2 assists for the Rapids in 2006 and was a USMNT member.

“We are very sad to part with an outstanding player and outstanding human being in Kyle but that was the price required to acquire one of the most valuable assets in MLS.” – Rapids General Manager Charlie Wright

Clearly the RFO didnt know what they were doing or saying with this quote.

Quotes from July 27, 2007 article from denverpost.com

“I don’t buy it at all.”  “Me and Pablo were in Colorado for five years playing together. Why, all of a sudden, did it not work out? And you look at our stats, me and the guy I was traded for, I have more goals than him.” – Kyle Beckerman.

“Hopefully, he will flourish even more under someone else and in a different structure where he’s going to be the man.” – Fernando Clavijo

No truer words has Clavijo spoken, as he must be from the future.

Looking back at the last 10 seasons, it’s needless to say but I will say it anyway. The Rapids DID NOT get the better of this trade. Beckerman who is nearing the end of his playing career has been more than solid since the trade as well as the face of that franchise. And let’s not forget his time with the US National team with 58 caps.

Ballouchy played for 6 clubs in 11 seasons, scoring 16 goals in 212 appearances. Ballouchy announced his retirement after the 2016 season from NYCFC and most recently joined the club as a coach for the U15s.

Clearly both clubs have had experienced their share of successes and failures since the trade ten years ago. The rivalry that is the Rocky Mountain Cup was more fierce then than it has been as of late. We’ve seen the RFO make some questionable moves to the roster in recent years(cough cough Zat Knight) but nothing comes close to what transpired 10 years ago. This move will forever link both clubs as a bad trade at least from a burgundy perspective.

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Burgundy Headlines for June 27th…

A look at some of today’s headlines leading up to 5th round action tonight in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, Rapids @ FC Dallas.

I’m hoping for an upset tonight against FC Dallas in the 5th round of the US Open Cup but let’s be honest, it’s not gonna happen. Unless Pablo transforms himself in Pep Guardiola, or Antonio Conte, the Rapids will likely end their US Open Cup run in the same fashion as last year and to the same team. Match can be watched online at ussoccer.com, kickoff 6pm(MT). I think we can expect Pablo to rest most of the bigger names tonight against FC Dallas ahead of this weekend’s league matchup with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday. Gashi now back from injury may see the pitch some tonight.

The U23s match tonight at DSGP couldn’t come at worse time (seriously no pun intended) with kickoff half an hour before the Rapids kickoff with FC Dallas at 6pm.

Burgundy Headlines for June 21st…

It’s matchday for the Rapids as they face the LA Galaxy tonight at DSGP, kick off 7:00. In the meantime here are a couple of headlines for today.

Best of luck to Ryan Madden in his new position as Rapids Director of Communications. Also best of luck to Deshorn Brown in his second stint in MLS. Brown will make his first return to DSGP with DC United against the Rapids August 19th.

Burgundy Headlines for June 1st…

Here are the headlines for today, including the last couple days.

In what comes as a surprise to most everyone this morning, Tim Hinchey just granted the wishes of many of the Rapids faithful. Hinchey will be leaving the Rapids front office to take over as President & CEO of USA Swimming as reported in a press release by USA Swimming.

Switchbacks FC fail to advance in last night’s match against OKC Energy FC in the 3rd round of the US Open Cup, missing out on a 3rd straight meeting with the Rapids this season. The Rapids will face Energy FC for the first time. Game according to ussoccer.com is scheduled for June 13th. 3rd round US Open Cup results and 4th round schedule here.

No Bobby Burling for this weekend’s match again the Crew SC, thanks to the Disciplinary Committee. No Howard due to US National team duties. No Watts possibly with a calf injury. Mekeil Williams is possibly also out as he is training with Trinidad & Tobago this week for the upcoming WCQ against the US next Thursday. So the back four for Saturday looks like it could be Hairston, Sjoberg, Ford and Miller to start.

Congrats to Conor Casey who will join the Rapids Gallery of Honor on Saturday.

 

Burgundy Headlines for May 26th…

Here are a few headlines from the past few days as we head into the Memorial Day weekend and our match with Sporting KC on Saturday.

The Full 90: Whitecaps FC 1 @ Rapids 0 recap…

The GOOD – Better game overall than the previous against OCSC the previous weekend. More shots (15) on goal, though only 1 was on target. Gashi has found his left foot again, and played a full 90, this is a great thing. Powers played well at the D-Mid position next to Azira. Rapids supporters standing in the 24th minute in support of Rapids homegrown player Kortne Ford whose mother is fighting breast cancer.

The BAD – Officiating, but certainly not the reason the Rapids lost the game. The back line played better overall until the counter attack late in the second half, leading to the Brek Shea goal. 5 losses in a row, the spiral continues.

The UGLY – Mekeil Williams’ red card. Who will play left back on Saturday? Personally I would like to see Dennis Castillo get the call up from Charlotte. Or do we see Mike da Fonte get the start this week?

The Final Third – Another late game collapse from the Rapids, a scenario we’ve seen way too much of. The Rapids have 7 of their next 10 games at home and could really turn things around on the season. A win this weekend will help that.

The Rapids will try again to get in the win column this Saturday as the San Jose Quakes roll into town. Sjoberg has been seen on the practice field this week.

Throwback Thursdays – Anthony Wallace…

Photo credit: Pro Soccer Monthly

This week’s Throwback Thursday featured player is former Rapids defender Anthony Wallace. Wallace played for the Rapids 4 seasons from 2010-2013, making 23 appearances and 15 starts.

Following the 2013 season, Wallace made 24 appearances  for the NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2014. Anthony Wallace last played in MLS in 2015, where he also spent time with Red Bulls II in the USL. 2016 Wallace signed with the Jacksonville Armada. As recently as March, Wallace signed with the OKC Energy FC of the USL for the 2017 season.

Pablo talks Four Four Two article and more…

Rapids coach Pablo Mastroeni talk to Altitude Sports 950 earlier today about the upcoming match against Vancouver, the return of Tim Howard, the 2017 season and that Four Four Two article from a week ago.

The 11 and a half minute interview is interesting if nothing else. As usual Pablo doesn’t give definitive answers about anything. That’s not to say he is hiding anything necessarily, but that he just doesn’t give you a solid answer to anything to make you want to believe him and anything he says. (See Sean Spicer)

As a supporter and season ticket member I personally still have little to no faith in him as a coach of this club. I will certainly give him credit for 2016, and I will for this season if we can somehow turn this thing around. That all begins this weekend, something I know we’ve said each week since the draw to Minnesota United FC back on March 18th at home.