What is it with Dallas lately? It seems like almost every player that is or was a Rapids player has found a new home in Paraja’s FC Dallas. Reading this morning about Eloundou being on trial there currently and then the news of Maynor Figueroa having signed with them and the Rapids receiving allocation money. Let’s not forget recent past player like Hendry Thomas and if you want to go back a little further pre-Pareja, Atiba Harris. Have the Rapids suddenly become a farm club to FC Dallas? It’s beginning to look that way. Best of luck Maynor and thank you all you did in your short time with the Rapids.
Juan Ramirez, the Rapids diving midfielder has turned up in Spain and was reported yesterday to be on loan to second division Spanish side U.D. Almeria. It is reported as a 6 month loan. The Paul Bravo comment, “Juan is a young player who we identified and then helped to develop in MLS” is amusing. Identified, yes. Developed? That’s a HUGE NO! This instead needs to be a 6 week loan, as the season starts March 6th and Rapids as of today, have very little depth at the attacking mid position. Best of luck in Spain Juan, maybe we’ll see you again in burgundy and blue, but I dont trust Bravo with this move. I expect this to be a sale at the end of the loan.
The match really was a tale of two halves. The first half being the better of the two halves for the Rapids. Despite giving up an early goal in the 8th minute, The Rapids found the equalizer in the 28 minute thanks to Dillon Serna. The second half saw the Rapids with a man advantage early but they were never able to capitalize on. The midfield play became a bit stagnant compared to the first half and this is where I believe a player like Juan Ramirez will make a difference in midfield. His ability to take defenders on one v one will open up the field of play for others. Ramirez didnt play in this game, but we’ve seen what he can do on the ball.
Rapids finish the preseason 2-2-2, but the look of this team in the preseason you can say that right now this is a different and much better team than the one that finished the 2014 season. The Rapids finish the preseason back in Colorado ahead of their regular season opener against the Philadelphia Union on Mar 7th.
Today the Colorado Rapids signed their second Designated Player in club history in Juan Ramirez. Ramirez a midfielder, signs with the Rapids as a Young DP from Argentinos Juniors.
The transfer fee for Ramirez is reported to be somewhere over 2 million dollars. Ramirez has spent the last 4 seasons with Argentinos Juniors, first featuring with the team in 2010 at 17 years old.
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