Wednesday afternoon the Rapids announced the signing of the German born winger from 1860 Munich in what is a 3 1/2 year contract. Story here.
Is this the missing attacking piece to cure the Rapids scoring woes this season? We wont know for some time. A lot of this will depend on how quickly he is able to get comfortable in his new setting of course. How Pablo uses him is a huge factor, because it’s Pablo we’re talking about. How he uses anyone on the roster is and always seems to be a question mark.
The thought looks to be with this signing and with everyone healthy of course, is that Aigner on the right wing, which would have Marlon Hairston moving to right back where he has played a few times this season. Hairston would still be able to provide an attacking option from that position when necessary. This move also would allow Eric Miller to move back into his natural left back position.
Are there more moves to come from the RFO before the transfer window closes? We’ll have to wait and see.
Good video piece on the MLS website on Marlon Hairston.
Interesting interview with Pablo by Simon Borg for mlssoccer.com on the man v wolf debate. Pablo always the philosophical one, provides an interesting perspective.
Will we see Howard and/or Gashi today against RBNY? The Secretary of Defense will at the least be on the field as the former Metrostars keeper will be honored pregame by RBNY. The Rapids handled the high pressing of the Revs last week, can they do it again this week against the Red Bulls on the road at Red Bull Arena?
The GOOD– The offense woke up in the 2nd half, thanks to efforts by Hairston, Badji that lead up to a goal by Le Toux. Not that the Rapids didnt have chances prior to that. Watts improved play on the back line. Howard with another clean sheet. MacMath’s yellow card from the bench in the 77th minute resulting in the loudest cheer of the night from supporters. The physicality of the match. Sjoberg and Watts frustrating Adi all night. And oh yea, clinching a playoff berth! The BAD – Dillon Powers and his headband. No Azira due to suspension. Pablo’s constant raising his arms in complaints to officials, though he was somewhat justified in this match. But it only makes him look bad and in my belief is a distraction. Late arriving and early leaving fans at DSGP. Another slow start to the game by the Rapids. Pablo harps on dictating the pace in the first 15 minutes of each game but havent seen much of that this season. The UGLY– Officiating especially in the first half. Though the officials wore blue Saturday night, there seemed to be an additional green kit on the pitch early on.
SUMMARY– A hard fought 3 points for the Rapids. Keeping pace with Shield leaders FC Dallas, who have 56 points and the Rapids still with 2 games in hand. The Rapids with 51 points tying their best total in team history from 2013. Defense was much better this game than the 2 or 3 previous games. Next up, on the road at Houston Dynamo, Oct 8th.
Charlotte Independence defender Marlon Hairston on loan from the Rapids was named the USL Player of the week and also to the USL team of the week after recording one goal and an assist in a 3-0 win against the Richmond Kickers. The win over Richmond was the second in a row for the Independence. Full story here.