The Rapids have just made it official that they are continuing their USL affiliation with the Charlotte Independence, story here.
This was in a way kind of expected when you consider the already busier than normal off-season the Rapids were expected to have. Retooling the roster, hiring a new manager, etc, etc. Extending their affiliation with the Independence was the easiest thing to do. Now they can get on to the more important stuff, like finalizing a roster, preparing for CONCACAF Champion’s League play, preseason in Arizona and so on.
Weekend on tap…..
What’s of interest in the soccer world for the weekend? My interests will be watching MLS Cup and hoping for a Toronto FC victory, I have my reasons. Watching the Manchester derby on Sunday. Come on City! Can Valencia bounce back from last week’s loss at Getafe to beat Celta Vigo and keep pace with Barcelona? While not letting both Madrids catch them? Three versus four in the Bundesliga, as Schalke and Monchengladbach go at it. And I’ll watch a little Serie A action with Juventus versus Inter.
The second Rapids player to go on loan within a week as Berner makes his way to Phoenix to join the USL’s Rising F.C. Last week it was Caleb Calvert loaned out to the Rapids USL affiliate Charlotte Independence.
Thank you Dillon Powers for all that you did in your time here with the Rapids. Best of luck to Sam Hamilton in his loan to Phoenix Rising FC. Sam if not recalled back to the first team before then, will return to Colorado when Phoenix visits Weidner Field to take on the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Sept 9th. Congrats to the Charlotte Independence on growing their current unbeaten streak to 12 games.
A couple of picks from the 2016 MLS Super Draft were waived today by the Colorado Rapids, announced earlier. Neither Emmanuel Appiah (1st Rd, 15th pick) and Chris Froschauer(2nd Rd, 43rd pick) featured in any games for the Rapids, both spending the 2016 season with USL affiliate, Charlotte Independence. Appiah made 2 appearances, committing one foul in 24 minutes for the Independence and Froschauer made no appearances for the Independence this season. Full story here.
Charlotte Independence defender Marlon Hairston on loan from the Rapids was named the USL Player of the week and also to the USL team of the week after recording one goal and an assist in a 3-0 win against the Richmond Kickers. The win over Richmond was the second in a row for the Independence. Full story here.
Rapids USL affiliate Charlotte Independence grab their first win of the season with a 1-0 win over Louisville City FC. John Berner gets the clean sheet for Charlotte with 6 saves and handing Louisville City their first loss of the season. Charlotte (1-2-2) moves up to 8th in the Eastern Conference from the 11th spot with 5 points. Charlotte takes much needed momentum into their next match Friday at home against Richmond.
Rapids take the pitch in a little over an hour against the Galaxy, let’s hope the Rapids can emulate their USL affiliate tonight and get a win as well.
The Rapids USL affiliate Charlotte Independence play in their first ever game of their first season in the USL against the Charleston Battery at 7pm Eastern. USL matches are all broadcast on YouTube. Live stream here.