Another wasted draft day in MLS. Only 2 players were picked in today’s stage one of the re-entry draft. The Rapids selected Mike Grella from New York Red Bulls, then traded away his rights to Columbus Crew SC for their natural second round pick in the 2019 Super Draft.
Stage two of the re-entry draft will be next Thursday, Dec 21st.
Rapids this afternoon announced the addition of forward, Jack McBean from the LA Galaxy, story here. Not exactly a reason for excitement, but we wont be too quick to judge just yet.
McBean spent the 2017 season making 18 appearances, scoring 2 goals and an assist the Galaxy first team and 7 appearances scoring one goal for Galaxy II in USL. McBean was named to the USL All League First Team in 2016 with 17 appearances (15 starts), 15 goals and 2 assists.
2017 salary as of Sept 15: $65625.00 (mlsplayers.org)
The Rapids add a defender from today’s waiver draft, Kip Colvey from the San Jose Earthquakes, story here. Colvey only one of two players selected in this years waiver draft will be reunited with his former New Zealand national team manager Anthony Hudson with the Rapids.
2017 salary as of Sept 15th: $54075.00 (mlsplayers.org)
The Rapids this morning released their protected list of 11 players ahead of tomorrows expansion draft. The combination of 11 protected and 4 on the homegrown list leave just 2 Rapids players available for selection, Mike da Fonte and Sam Hamilton.
The list of 11 players is here.
The Rapids have just made it official that they are continuing their USL affiliation with the Charlotte Independence, story here.
This was in a way kind of expected when you consider the already busier than normal off-season the Rapids were expected to have. Retooling the roster, hiring a new manager, etc, etc. Extending their affiliation with the Independence was the easiest thing to do. Now they can get on to the more important stuff, like finalizing a roster, preparing for CONCACAF Champion’s League play, preseason in Arizona and so on.
Weekend on tap…..
What’s of interest in the soccer world for the weekend? My interests will be watching MLS Cup and hoping for a Toronto FC victory, I have my reasons. Watching the Manchester derby on Sunday. Come on City! Can Valencia bounce back from last week’s loss at Getafe to beat Celta Vigo and keep pace with Barcelona? While not letting both Madrids catch them? Three versus four in the Bundesliga, as Schalke and Monchengladbach go at it. And I’ll watch a little Serie A action with Juventus versus Inter.
Kosuke Kimura, Defender, was drafted by the Rapids in the 2007 Supplemental Draft, becoming the MLS’ first Japanese born player.
Kimura made 117 appearances with the Rapids between 2007-2012, scoring 4 goals. Kimura was later traded to the Portland Timbers in July 2012.
As of today (12/7) it was announced that Kimura has signed to play this upcoming season with expansion side Nashville SC of the USL along side former Rapids keeper Matt Pickens, under former Rapids manager Gary Smith. #gettingthebandbacktogether
The Rapids extend Dominique Badji this afternoon for an additional 2 years according to coloradorapids.com. Story here.
Badji currently leads the team this season with 9 goals and 6 assists.
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!
The second Rapids player to go on loan within a week as Berner makes his way to Phoenix to join the USL’s Rising F.C. Last week it was Caleb Calvert loaned out to the Rapids USL affiliate Charlotte Independence.
Kudos to Kroenke for getting involved with donating to the Red Cross. Stay safe everyone in the Carolinas and the rest of the Southeast with Irma approaching.