Kevin Doyle retires…

Rapids Irish DP international striker Kevin Doyle has announced his retirement from soccer and the Rapids today. Story here.

Best of luck Kevin and thanks for everything you’ve done in burgundy and for the crest!

 

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Rapids in pictures July 2nd…

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 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.

Rapids in pictures June 12th-18th…

Here are just a few pics I took of our Burgundy Boys from the past week in matches against the Colorado Springs Switchbacks F.C. in the U.S. Open Cup action and the Chicago Fire in MLS action.

 

The Full 90: Week 11 – Rapids @ Crew recap…

The GOOD – The return of Shkelzen Gashi to the starting 11 after missing the previous game with an illness. Doyle rules!…..again, putting a header into the back of the net from a Gashi corner. Much better second half by the Rapids than the first half. The Rapids are now unbeaten in their last 7, winning 5 of those 7, also scoring 12 goals in those 7 games and relnquishing just 6 goals. Of the 3 games this last week, the Rapids grabbed 7 of a total 9 pts (2 wins, 1 draw). Still on top of the Western Conference and leading the Supporters Shield race.

The BAD – The poor defense leading up to Crew SC’s goal in the 23rd minute. Watching the last 10 minutes of the game.

The UGLY – Officiating, 15 fouls Colorado, 7 for Columbus.

Next up for the Rapids, away at Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday May 21st.

The Full 90: Week 11 – Sporting KC 0 @ Rapids 1 recap…

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

Doyle injured in international friendly…

Rapids striker Kevin Doyle who got the start for Ireland yesterday in a friendly against Switzerland had to be stretchered off the field some 27 minutes into the match after suffering an injury on a challenge from Timm Klose of Switzerland.

Graphic photo below from Doyle’s twitter account.

 

Well wishes Kevin on a speedy recovery!

4 questions heading into the Rapids season opener…

There are four questions in relation to the Rapids that come to mind as we head into the MLS season just days away.

Question #1Can the Rapids be the Leicester City of MLS this season? Meaning, can Pablo & Co be THE talk of the league, the top dog in the Supporter’s Shield race or even win the MLS Cup? Short answer, NO. Sure it’s possible and it would be great for the supporters and the league if the Rapids could pull off such a feat, but as long as Mastroeni is in charge, I dont see it happening. His substitution patterns are more times than not questionable at best. And he hasn’t grasped the idea of attacking football and how to implement it. The Rapids have hopes of a great season as the other 19 teams in MLS, but they will not be good enough to take the league by storm, though stranger things have happened.

Question #2 – Speaking of Mastroeni, he is no doubtedly on the hot seat coming this season. Does Pablo get the axe or does he make it through the whole season? How will he(Pablo) fare as 2016 rolls along? Will he be like Brendan Rogers (fired early season), Jose Mourinho (mid-season) or more like Louis Van Gaal, hanging on week in and week out throughout this season?

I strongly believe that if the Rapids get off to a bad start in March, April and maybe some into May that he is gone, adios, arrivederci, giving assistant coach John Spencer time to shape the team the way he wants especially before the pending arrival of Tim Howard in July. Though there is still nothing officially announced on this possible move.

Question #3Who will the Rapids miss the most this season Clint Irwin, Vicente Sanchez, Gaby Torres or Drew Moor? Quick answer without a doubt, Irwin, A LOT! Nothing against McMath, but you still have to prove to us that you’re capable in net. It’s gonna be difficult with a legendary Tim Howard looking over your shoulder even from as far away as Everton.

Next would be Sanchez. Many times last season he was the only spark offensively the Rapids had, the one player who could create and play 1v1 against opposing defenders, making him a fan favorite.

Question #4 – Can this season’s tandem of Doyle & Gashi be as good as the scoring duo of Conor Casey & Omar Cummings? Rapids fans can only hope so! We have yet to see much of Doyle and Gashi together on the pitch, but something tells me that if the midfield can move the ball forward and not create turnovers, this could be a special pair for the Rapids.

Those are just a few questions that came to mind for me as we head into the 2016 season starting in just 4 short days! Your thoughts? And what other questions do you have for this season?

Rapids Recap Feb 7-13…

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 friendlyin 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 1-0Rapids 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.

Rapids and Mexican International Pulido? Can Bravo get a deal done?

alan-pulidoEarlier today it was reported of the Rapids having interest in 24 year old Mexican International striker, Alan Pulido. Reports are also that Bravo is on his way to visit Pulido at his current club, Greek 1st division side Olympiakos, of the Greek Super League where Pulido is rumored to be unhappy in his current situation.

This report from Goal.com‘s Jon Arnold from December 28th provides some insight, click here.

Bravo’s flying to Greece right away makes sense because Pulido has featured only once this season and if he can get Pulido to sign on the dotted line right away then hopefully the Rapids can get him here in time for preseason. And not to mention Pulido’s current contract with Olympiakos ends June 29th and the Rapids cant afford to wait on another striker though to mid season like they did with Irish International striker Kevin Doyle last season.

Photo credit – Unknown, found on sumario.com.mx

Rapids ink Doyle…

Kevin DoyleThe Rapids have signed Irish international and Wolverhampton striker Kevin Doyle on a free transfer to a 2.5 year contract that will begin July 1st. Their is a club option for 2018. Full story here.

Doyle currently with Wolverhampton will finish out the season there in hopes of getting them back into the Premier League before joining the Rapids. Doyle is the Rapids 3rd Designated Player in team history, the second such signing this year, earlier signing Juan Ramirez in February as a Young DP.

Welcome Kevin Doyle!