Rapids finally add 2016 Super Draft pick Dennis Castillo to their roster they announced today, story here. Castillo a defender and second round pick(37th) from Virginia Commonwealth University. See what winning does? Of course the Rapids were somewhat forced into needing to make this signing happen with the number of injuries to the backline, where depth is sorely needed.
Congrats Castillo and welcome to the team!
MLS Super Draft rounds 3 and 4 took place yesterday and the Rapids added a keeper(imagine that a day after trading away Clint Irwin), 2 defenders, and a forward. Each of which have a chance to make this squad, or they may never see the inside of DSGP at all, with the continued lack of direction and leadership coming from the RFO more than ever right now.
The 43rd, 56th and 58th picks saw the Rapids add goal keeper Chris Frouchauer from Ohio State, UCLA defender Javan Torre and defender Bradley Kamdem out of UNLV. The fourth round the Rapids picked up forward John Manga out of the University of Cincinnati with the 63rd overall pick. Welcome boys!
Rounds 3 and 4 were a lot less hectic than the first two rounds were.
Yesterday’s 2016 Super Draft in Baltimore was a busy one for a number of teams, but none more than the Rapids. The Rapids came into the Super Draft with the number 2 overall pick and there were rumblings ahead of time that there was possibility of them trading away the pick.
That pick was traded away to the Union, but prior to that, the Rapids had made a trade with the Galaxy, sending allocation monies away for the 12th overall pick. Then the Rapids traded away their 12th and 22nd picks to the Fire for their 15th and 33rd picks and their top allocation spot. That 15th pick would not be traded away as the Rapids used that pick on midfielder Emmanuel Appiah from the University of Cincinnati.
The Rapids now with the #1 allocation spot, came the rumors of the Rapids going after U.S. International Alejandro Bedoya, of French side Nantes as reported by Taylor Twellman.
Then soon after the Rapids made another trade, this time with Western Conference rival, FC Dallas, trading away the 33rd pick for the 37th and 57th picks. The 37th pick was spent on defender Dennis Castillo out of VCU.
At the end of the day, the Rapids made a lot of moves, confusing most of them. Are the Rapids are any better coming away from the first two rounds as they were going in? No. Rounds 3 and 4 of the draft take place on Tuesday the 19th.
The Rapids who some were thought to go with adding some depth to their midfield, in the draft today instead went with strengthening their back line somewhat with two defenders in the first two rounds. Colorado held the 19th pick to start the day and ended up trading up with Columbus to gain the 14th pick, That pick was Swedish born Axel Sjoberg, 6’7″ out of Marquette University.
The Rapids also held the 26th pick overall and in the second round selected Joseph Greenspan out of the U.S. Naval Academy. How soon we get to see Greenspan take the pitch will be decided by the Naval Academy, Greenspan has his commitment to the military that could be done while he pursues a professional soccer career, think David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs or even later.
Welcome to both Axel Sjoberg and Joseph Greenspan!
Rapids also made another surprise move today by trading allocation money and rank to the Los Angeles Galaxy for midfielder Marcelo Sarvas. Sarvas a fan favorite in LA comes over to the Rapids as a key contributor to the Galaxy success winning MLS Cup titles with the Galaxy in 2012 and 2014. Sarvas started 80 of the 88 appearances he made for the Galaxy, even 3 goals and 11 assists in 2014. This makes up for the loss of Jose Mari this season as he wanted to return to Spain to continue his career.
Welcome Marcelo Sarvas!
Not sure how I missed this one but Chris Bianchi reported earlier in the week that the Rapids have signed a midfielder out of Argentina by the name of Lucas Pittinari. Pittinari, 23, played 5 years in the top flight in Argentine Primera Division with Club Atletico Belgrano and comes over on a one year loan with the option to purchase. Full story here. To translate the page if using Google Chrome, right click and highlight “Translate to English”.
Welcome Lucas Pittinari!
Overall the Rapids I would say had a very productive draft day, acquiring two quality defenders and later trading for an experienced midfielder in Sarvas. My biggest concern is whether or not Pablo and his staff can develop the new talent (Sjoberg and Greenspan) and put together a solid gameplan week after week for the team to have much more success in 2015. Only time will tell as training camps start next week.
Rounds 3 and 4 of the MLS Super Draft take place next Tuesday via phone conference.
With the MLS Super Draft just 5 days away, Matthew Doyle of mlssoccer.com provides his preview for the Rapids heading into the draft. Click here. Doyle sights midfield depth as the primary need and a creative winger as the secondary need.
What do you think are the primary needs for the Rapids going into the 2015 season?