The Rapids unprotected players were not chosen by either Atlanta United FC or Minnesota United FC in this afternoon’s expansion draft. Call it a blessing or a curse depending on the player.
Not much noise made today from the Rapids except for this, see below.
If there was anyone on this team last season who epitomizes the slogan “#keepfighting” it was Jermaine Jones. And not just with the Rapids, but with any team he has been with. Hopefully someone next season can pick up and emulate the intensity and the fight on the field the way Jones does. Thank you Jermaine for everything you gave to the club and the fans.
EXTRA TIME – In former Rapids news, Toronto FC keeper Clint Irwin was selected by the Atlanta United FC in today’s expansion draft. Then later traded back to Toronto FC.
The GOOD – The Rapids are now 6-0 at home this season and on a current 6 game unbeaten streak.
Dom Dwyer, M.I.A. The battle between he and Sjoberg all night was a joy to watch.
Serna was the much needed spark off the bench.
The BAD – Sporting KC pressed high, were physical and were all over the Rapids Doyle, Jones, Badji and Solignac. Not leaving any space to get off any real targeted shots or any chance to be creative. This is where Gashi and Pappa were both greatly missed.
The UGLY – The game itself was ugly at times, but the beautiful game can’t always be beautiful every time out. If you believe that every game has to be beautiful, then clearly you’re not a fan of the sport as a whole. Take the good with the bad and learn to appreciate both. Every league on the planet has them.
Rapids currently are on top of the Western Conference with 23 pts and also lead the race for the Supporters Shield. Next up….Rapids @ Columbus Crew, Saturday May 14th
I just got home not long ago from SnowClassico 2, even with a cold and if you weren’t there, shame on you. Here’s a quick recap.
The GOOD – There were a number of things. Jermaine Jones long awaited debut, finishing with a goal and an assist.
The Rapids are undefeated at home, now at 3-0-0.
Badji nets his first goal of the season which turned out to be the game winner in the 81st minute.
Free coffee and hot chocolate for those in attendance, thanks RFO!
The BAD – The weather in some ways. Defense on Ronald Zubar’s goal in the 59th min for RBNY. It’s the exact same play that Dom Dwyer scored on Wedensday for Sporting against the Rapids, unmarked on the back side of the goal. Defense needs to tighten up.
This game could’ve have been worse than the 2-1 loss for RBNY as the Rapids missed many chances around the net, Pappa off the post, Badji off the post, Badji header saved by Robles, Solignac goal called offsides. RBNY weren’t really a threat offensively throughout.
The UGLY – MLS officiating, but hey at least we didn’t have Toledo officiate this game.
The Rapids are now 4-2-1, 3rd place in the Western Conference and in the Supporters Shield race with 13 pts.
Here is your weekly recap of happenings in the world of burgundy and blue.
Mar 3 – Rapids release new primary kit for 2016. The Rapids maintained the simple look to this years kit.
Mar 4 – Rapids acquire Jermaine Jones in a sign and trade deal. Rapids shocked the league with what could be one of the biggest moves in their history, trading away general allocation money and a 2017 first round draft pick.
Mar 4 – Rapids sign 2016 draft picks Emmanuel Appiah and Chris Froschauer to contracts.
In what has been one of the busiest days for the Rapids since the end of last season, the Rapids today signed two of their 2016 Super Draft picks, goalkeeper Chris Froschauer (Ohio St.) and midfielder Emmanuel Appiah(Univ of Cincinnati).
Then late this afternoon, comes the announcement of the Rapids trade with the New England Revolution for Jermaine Jones. The Rapids trading away general allocation money and a first round pick in 2017. Jones will have to serve a 6 game suspension from last season, but still this is an instant upgrade to the midfield. Welcome to the team, Jermaine!
If you dont already, follow Jermaine on twitter at www.twitter.com/@Jermainejunior.
No I’m not saying this team makes the playoffs because of Jones alone, as there are a TON of variables that have to take place for that to happen. But you have to admit that we are much closer to that being at least a possibility.