Playing a bit of catch up for the week. Hear are some of the headlines.
Best wishes to Marco Pappa as he returns to Guatemala and his home club CSD Municipal.
The preseason schedule doesn’t offer really any surprises, except maybe the 5 days to be spent training up in Boulder.
Huge congratulations to former Rapid Herculez Gomez in his retirement. Gomez will be going into television as an analyst for ESPN.
The Rapids have had the habit of bringing back former players into the fold. Might we one day in the future see Herc on the Rapids sideline in some capacity?
Rounds 3 & 4 of the MLS SuperDraft were held on Tuesday and the Rapids added a pair of forwards in Jaime Siaj and Peguy Ngatcha. Welcome to the club!
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.
6/18/16 – Pappa celebrating his late game winner against the Chicago Fire.
6/14/16 -Pappa free kick against Switchbacks F.C. in U.S. Open Cup action
Rapids Captain Sam Cronin moving the ball
6/14/16 – MacMath with the save against Switchbacks F.C. in U.S. Open Cup action
6/18/16 Game action Marlon Hairston & Kevin Doyle against Chicago Fire
6/18/16 – Rapids celebrate Kevin Doyle’s goal in the first half against the Chicago Fire.
The Rapids grab a much needed road win and 3 points from Sporting.
The GOOD – It’s not just a win, but a road win! What they couldn’t do in Salt Lake last week, they managed to do at Sporting. Solignac scored his second in as many games. Gashi gets his first goal, the game winner. Pappa with another assist. The Rapids played to win and not just hold on for a draw and a point.
The BAD – Poor defending, with a depleted line up due to injuries, etc, players are left playing out of position. Showing itself especially on the Dwyer goal leaving him unmarked in the box from the corner kick.
The UGLY – There wasn’t much ugly about this game
The Rapids are now 3-2-1, 10 points in the Western Conference
If you thought last weekend’s game against the Galaxy was sloppy, then this one made it look like a world class performance. Still a point is better than none.
The GOOD – Pappa makes an impact in his second consecutive game with an assist on the corner kick that was headed into the net by Dillon Powers in the 69th minute.
The BAD – Defensively gave up too many shots to United(19), 15 of those were from open play. Mistake by MacMath in the 80th minute that led to an equalizer goal for United. No Gashi due to a one game suspension, leaving a lack of creativity, support and shots from the midfield offensively. Rapids only had 8 shots for the game, 1 on target.
The UGLY – Sloppy game overall by both clubs. Rapids + National TV = Ugly soccer.
Rapids are 1-1-1 with 4 points after 3 games. 8th place in the Western Conference
What a win, Saturday night for the Rapids and their faithful.
The GOOD – Offensively the Rapids outshot the Galaxy 14-9, with 10 of those shots coming from open play and 8 of those were on target. Defensively the Rapids held LA to one shot on target for more than two-thirds of the game. Frustrated and kept Robbie Keene in check for most of the night. The Rapids didnt play for the point, like I thought they would late in the game, that is called progress, though it’s still very early in the season. MacMath gets a clean sheet. Marco Pappa off the bench with a beautiful shot in stoppage time to kill the Galaxy hopes.
The BAD – Sloppy for a good part of the game by both sides. The Rapids didnt score more than 1 goal, they created plenty of chances, but Rowe in goal for the Galaxy was superb until the 95th minute.
The UGLY – The look on Bruce Arena’s face after the loss.
The Rapids are 1-1-0, with 3 points after 2 games.
Here’s what happened this past week in burgundy and blue.
Dec 15 – Rapids sign Sounders FC midfielder Marco Pappa. A lot of fans from all over are very excited about this acquisition by the Rapids and it’s a fresh start for Pappa, who sounds like he’s ready to embrace it!
Dec 16 – Free agent veteran defender Drew Moor departs for Toronto FC. A good career move for Moor as the league’s 2nd free agent signing in MLS history.
What has been talked about a lot on social media since last Thursday has finally come to fruition. The Rapids today have finalized a trade with the Seattle Sounders for Marco Pappa. The Rapids traded away general allocation monies for Pappa.
The Guatemalan attacking midfielder is a 7 year MLS veteran (Fire’08-12, Sounders ’14-15), with 35 goals and 27 assists in 161 appearances. Marco will wear #10 for the Rapids just as he did in Seattle.
Here’s more on the trade from the Seattle Times, click here.
We welcome you Marco Pappa!