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.
If you thought last weekend’s game against the Galaxy was sloppy, then this one made it look like a world class performance. Still a point is better than none.
The GOOD – Pappa makes an impact in his second consecutive game with an assist on the corner kick that was headed into the net by Dillon Powers in the 69th minute.
The BAD – Defensively gave up too many shots to United(19), 15 of those were from open play. Mistake by MacMath in the 80th minute that led to an equalizer goal for United. No Gashi due to a one game suspension, leaving a lack of creativity, support and shots from the midfield offensively. Rapids only had 8 shots for the game, 1 on target.
The UGLY – Sloppy game overall by both clubs. Rapids + National TV = Ugly soccer.
Rapids are 1-1-1 with 4 points after 3 games. 8th place in the Western Conference
It was a busy week for the Rapids as the 2016 regular season opener against San Jose on the road is now less than 4 weeks away.
Feb 8 – Rapids defeat OC Blues 2-0 in a preseason friendly. in the second preseason friendly of the preseason, Kevin Doyle and Caleb Calvert score.
Feb 9 – Rapids acquire Conor Doyle from DC United. Trading away a third round pick in the 2017 draft the Rapids acquired forward Conor Doyle.
Feb 13 – Rapids defeat Sacramento Republic FC 1-0. Rapids win in their first official preseason match against Republic FC on a late goal by A.J. Cochran. Rapids move to 3-0 in the preseason with previous wins over OC Blues FC and Seongnam FC.
As first reported by the Washington Post Soccer Insider this morning, D.C. United forward Conor Doyle has been traded to the Rapids for a 3rd round draft pick in 2017.
The attacking forward has scored 4 goals in 56 appearances since 2013 with DC United. Prior to 2013 Doyle featured for Derby County in 22 appearances over 3 seasons.
Doyle’s salary was $61500 last season with DC United according to the MLS Players Union website.
Follow Conor Doyle on Twitter: @ConorDoyle14
On what is deadline day in the footballing world of the winter transfer window, the Rapids seem to have added two pieces to the roster, while losing another. Washington Post Soccer Insider, Steven Goff reports that the Rapids are in the process of trading Marcelo Sarvas to DC United. Sarvas is said to have shown up at United’s training camp this morning. The deal is reportedly for target allocation money. More to come as this unfolds.
UPDATE – Late this afternoon the Rapids finalized a trade of Marcelo Sarvas to DC United for targeted allocation money and a 2018 draft pick. Thank you Sarvas for your time in burgundy and blue! Best of luck!
According to the Twittersphere, the Rapids have added defender Mekeil Williams from Antigua GFC, no details on the transaction so far.
The Rapids it seems has added some help for Doyle up top in the signing of Albanian striker Shkelzen Gashi from Swiss side FC Basel. Gashi signs with the Rapids as a designated player in what is a reported as a 4 year deal. Gashi is the two time defending golden boot winner since he’s arrived in Basel in 2014.
Welcome Shkelzen Gashi and Mekeil Williams!