Road trippin’… Switchbacks v Real Monarchs..

With the majority of MLS on a bye this week, including the Rapids, it was decided a couple of days ago to make the short road trip down to Colorado Springs for the Switchbacks F.C. USL match against Real Monarchs at Sand Creek Stadium.

We made this trip for two reasons, one to scout the Switchbacks before their visit to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park next Tuesday night for a 4th round match up with the Rapids in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The other reason is it’s against Real Monarchs, our Rocky Mountain Cup rival Real Salt Lake’s USL team. So it gives me another reason to hate Salt Lake, as if I honestly needed another reason.

Switchbacks F.C. looked sharp in their pink jerseys which they wore for Cancer Awareness Night, last night.

Here are a few photos from last night’s match.

Observations from the game.

Switchbacks F.C. won 2-1 over Real Monarchs SLC, their third win over Salt Lake in 3 matches so far this season. There was a former Rapids appearance by Davy Armstrong in the 86th minute of the game for the Switchbacks. There were a few times during the match last night where things became chippy and testy between the two teams. I think it’s safe to say that the rivalry between Salt Lake and Colorado at least on the field has moved a few miles south of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Attendance was 2012.

The Switchbacks are quick and also pass the ball very well and arent afraid to fire off a shot from long distance. Both Colorado Springs goals coming from 20 and 30 yards out. I dont think they will be able to penetrate the Rapids back line on Tuesday depending on who Pablo/Claudio has in the starting XI. Defensively the Switchbacks are very physical, committing 12 fouls in last night’s match, although that number should’ve been a lot higher. The Switchbacks are currently on a 3 game winning streak, looking to extend it to 4 on Tuesday.

I’ll post more pictures from last night’s game later. Until then we’ve got 48 hours until the US Open Cup match on Tuesday at DSG Park. Go Rapids!

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Mullan returns to Rapids in dual role…

BrianMullanBrian Mullan who retired from playing after last season with the Rapids returned to the team both as an assistant coach and a community ambassador. Full story here.

Welcome back Brian and best of luck in your new roles!

 

Catching up on other previous news.

– The Rapids have added to their front office last week in the hiring of Richard Clarke from Arsenal as the new Senior Director of Communications and Digital Media.

– Former Rapids homegrown player Davy Armstrong signs with USL Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.

– The loan of Belgrano midfielder Lucas Pittinari to the Rapids was made official at the end of January.

Rapids decline options on 11, pick up option on Cascio

It’s been a busy day for the Rapids so far as we approach the expansion draft for NYCFC and Orlando City along with the waiver draft, etc. The Rapids declined the contract options on several players. Edson Buddle, Marvell Wynne, Nick LaBrocca, Joe Nasco, Danny Mwanga, Davy Armstrong, Carlos Alvarez, Grant Van De Casteele, Gale Agbossoumonde, Thomas Piermayr and Kamani Hill. It’s possible that any of these players could return to the Rapids for 2015 prior to going into camp in January, but we’ll see.

The Rapids did exercise the option on Tony Cascio for next season. Cascio who played for the Dynamo on loan in 2014, sitting out most of the season with a torn ACL.

Speaking of the Dynamo, they declined the option on Omar Cummings’ contract. How about this? Bringing back the fellow Jamaican, (not to mention fan favorite) to be the threat up top that Buddle couldnt do and to help Deshorn Brown along in his development as a striker? All at a lesser cost of course. How about it Bravo?