The GOOD – Better game overall than the previous against OCSC the previous weekend. More shots (15) on goal, though only 1 was on target. Gashi has found his left foot again, and played a full 90, this is a great thing. Powers played well at the D-Mid position next to Azira. Rapids supporters standing in the 24th minute in support of Rapids homegrown player Kortne Ford whose mother is fighting breast cancer.
The BAD – Officiating, but certainly not the reason the Rapids lost the game. The back line played better overall until the counter attack late in the second half, leading to the Brek Shea goal. 5 losses in a row, the spiral continues.
The UGLY – Mekeil Williams’ red card. Who will play left back on Saturday? Personally I would like to see Dennis Castillo get the call up from Charlotte. Or do we see Mike da Fonte get the start this week?
The Final Third – Another late game collapse from the Rapids, a scenario we’ve seen way too much of. The Rapids have 7 of their next 10 games at home and could really turn things around on the season. A win this weekend will help that.
The Rapids will try again to get in the win column this Saturday as the San Jose Quakes roll into town. Sjoberg has been seen on the practice field this week.
MLS held the first 2 rounds of the 2017 SuperDraft yesterday in Los Angeles.
The 2017 league schedule was finally released on Wednesday, along with a new match ball design. The new ball design looks incredible!
Highlights for the 2017 Rapids schedule are of course the season/home opener March 4th against the New England Revolution. Other highlights include…
March 18 – Minnesota United – first ever meeting between the expansion United and the Rapids
April 15 – Real Salt Lake – First leg of the Rocky Mountain Cup
June 24 – @ Atlanta United – First ever meeting between Rapids & the ATLU
July 4 – Seattle Sounders FC – First meeting since the Western Conference playoff finals of 2016.The stakes will be different in this matchup but I expect the Rapids to show a decidely different team this time around.
Congratulations to Tim Hinchey for adding to his award case with winning the MLS Exec of the Year for 2016! Well deserved.
Welcome to Rapids draft picks midfielder Sam Hamilton(15th overall, Univ of Denver) and defender Liam Callahan(24th, Syracuse Univ). The Rapids have added two players from the University of Denver this week with the signing of homegrown player Kort Ford.
Finally a huge congratulations to Rapids defender Jared Watts, who was married last weekend.