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.

 

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Burgundy Headlines for Jan 30th…

OK, playing catch up from a few headlines from last week.

Despite training camp opening for the Burgundy Boys in Boulder, last week it was all about former Rapids player Conor Casey. The rumor of the former Rapids striker joining the Rapids coaching staff has come to fruition.

Still no word on whether Casey’s addition to the Rapids coaching staff is in place of John Spencer or not as was first rumored.

And while we’re on the subject of one Conor, another Conor finds a new home, see below.

Welcome back Conor Casey! Best of luck in Puerto Rico Conor Doyle!

Burgundy Headlines for Jan 11th…

Rumblings last evening of a switch in assistants on Pablo’s staff? Burgundy Wave using unnamed sources report that John Spencer is leaving the Rapids, possibly headed to San Jose and that another former Rapids player will take on an assistant coaches position, in Conor Casey.

Still no official word from either the Rapids, John Spencer or Conor Casey. I guess we’ll wait and see how this shapes up.

Burgundy Headlines for 10/27…

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?

Throwback Thursday

Oh remember the days when we could create chances and capitalize?!

Oh remember the days when we could create chances and capitalize?! Photo credit – unknown

This is of course nothing against Deshorn Brown or Vicente Sanchez, but this duo above knew how to score! In 2010 Casey and Cummings scored 27 goals between them. Of course our midfield was better then too at moving the ball than today’s team. Of course that was also the year the Rapids won the MLS Cup.

Rapids Shane O’Neill on the MHSM cover

Yes it’s opening week for MLS and to celebrate all things soccer, especially here in Colorado, the new soccer issue of Mile High Sports Magazine is out with the Rapids defender Shane O’neill gracing the cover.

Shane O'Neill on the cover of Mile High Sports Magazine

Plenty of great things in this issue of Mile High Sports, interview with US keeper Tim Howard. Articles on Shane O’Neill, Drew Moor, Pablo Mastroeni, Rapids rookie Marlon Hairston, the growth of MLS, World Cup preview and many other things related to the Rapids and soccer. Make sure to grab your copy.

Here are a couple of past issues in which the Rapids also made the cover of MHSM.