Now that the MLS Cup is over with the Sounders winning the Cup, the off-season has begun immediately. Here are a few headlines from the last few days.
The Colorado Rapids held an open training session for season ticket members today, giving supporters an up-close first look at the Rapids newest addition in US International icon and keeper Tim Howard.
The Secretary of Defense
Great to see defender Joseph Greenspan back with the team
Rapids newest acquisition, keeper Tim Howard
Axel Sjoberg, Shkelzen Gashi
Post training interview with Richard Fleming and Pablo Mastroeni
Howard with the stop.
Rapids Midfielder Michael Azira
Zac MacMath looking to stop a shot
The squad was broken up into two groups, one group being the players who most recently played this past Wednesday in the US Open Cup match against FC Dallas and the remainder of the team, most of whom will probably be in the starting 11 on Monday against Portland on July 4th.
Though he did not take part in training, it was great to see Dillion Serna at training and not on crutches. Serna suffered an injury Wednesday night against FC Dallas and is due to have season ending knew surgery soon. Also great to see Sean St. Ledger and Bobby Burling, who have both been out of action due to injury. Shkelzen Gashi’s back from Albanian National team duties in the Euro 2016 tournament. The only noticeable absentee was Jermaine Jones.
Good news and bad news from the Rapids today.
The good news, 2015 MLS SuperDraft 2nd round pick and US Naval Academy graduate Joseph Greenspan has been reassigned by the US Navy to the Denver area and will be rejoining the Rapids while he is here. Greenspan is reported to be up for selection for Monday’s game against the Timbers.
The bad news is thanks to FC Dallas, Rapids midfielder Dillon Serna will have season ending knee surgery soon and is expected to miss anywhere from 6-8 months.
Welcome back Joseph Greenspan and wishing a speedy recovery to Dillon Serna!
Nice article on the Rapids 26th overall draft pick of the 2014 MLS Super Draft, Joseph Greenspan by Daniel Boniface of the Denver Post here.
The Rapids who some were thought to go with adding some depth to their midfield, in the draft today instead went with strengthening their back line somewhat with two defenders in the first two rounds. Colorado held the 19th pick to start the day and ended up trading up with Columbus to gain the 14th pick, That pick was Swedish born Axel Sjoberg, 6’7″ out of Marquette University.
The Rapids also held the 26th pick overall and in the second round selected Joseph Greenspan out of the U.S. Naval Academy. How soon we get to see Greenspan take the pitch will be decided by the Naval Academy, Greenspan has his commitment to the military that could be done while he pursues a professional soccer career, think David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs or even later.
Welcome to both Axel Sjoberg and Joseph Greenspan!
Rapids also made another surprise move today by trading allocation money and rank to the Los Angeles Galaxy for midfielder Marcelo Sarvas. Sarvas a fan favorite in LA comes over to the Rapids as a key contributor to the Galaxy success winning MLS Cup titles with the Galaxy in 2012 and 2014. Sarvas started 80 of the 88 appearances he made for the Galaxy, even 3 goals and 11 assists in 2014. This makes up for the loss of Jose Mari this season as he wanted to return to Spain to continue his career.
Welcome Marcelo Sarvas!
Not sure how I missed this one but Chris Bianchi reported earlier in the week that the Rapids have signed a midfielder out of Argentina by the name of Lucas Pittinari. Pittinari, 23, played 5 years in the top flight in Argentine Primera Division with Club Atletico Belgrano and comes over on a one year loan with the option to purchase. Full story here. To translate the page if using Google Chrome, right click and highlight “Translate to English”.
Welcome Lucas Pittinari!
Overall the Rapids I would say had a very productive draft day, acquiring two quality defenders and later trading for an experienced midfielder in Sarvas. My biggest concern is whether or not Pablo and his staff can develop the new talent (Sjoberg and Greenspan) and put together a solid gameplan week after week for the team to have much more success in 2015. Only time will tell as training camps start next week.
Rounds 3 and 4 of the MLS Super Draft take place next Tuesday via phone conference.