Badji not available for 2nd leg of Rocky Mtn Cup this Saturday…

Badji is on his way to Senegal for finalization of his green card process according to the Rapids website, story here.

Does that mean Yannick Boli will be up top in Badji’s absence or will we see Jack McBean(please no)? Or could the Rapids call up someone from Charlotte or Colorado Springs?

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Rapids to face Tulsa Roughnecks FC in a friendly hosted by USL Memphis…

September 1st the Rapids will play a friendly in Tim Howard’s adopted hometown of Memphis against the USL’s Tulsa Roughnecks FC to celebrate the team name and logo launch of the new USL Memphis side, who will begin play in 2019, story here.

This comes at a good time for the Rapids who have a bye that week before heading to Portland to face the Timbers the following week on Sept 8th.

Rapids add Giles Barnes to the roster…

The Rapids yesterday added Giles Barnes in a 6 month deal with a club option for the 2019 season, story here.

Barnes comes over from Liga MX side, Club Leon.

Barnes played in MLS previously with Vancouver, Houston and Orlando before joining Leon.

Welcome to you Giles Barnes.

The Rapids also announced yesterday that defender Kip Colvey was loaned to USL side Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, story here.

Rapids waive Joe Mason…

This just in (late night edition). Rapids forward Joe Mason on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers has been waived earlier in the week according to reports. Mason has cleared waivers and will return to Wolverhampton.

Mason scored 3 goals in 14 appearances playing 758 minutes this season for the Rapids.

It’s also rumored the Rapids are close to signing Giles Barnes from Liga MX side, Club Leon.

No official word on Mason yet from the Rapids as he is still listed on the roster on the team website.

Best of luck Joe Mason and thanks for your contributions!

UPDATE: It’s now official, link from Rapids website, here.

The Full 90: Rapids 1 @ Whitecaps FC 0 match recap…

The GOOD – Tim Howard of old returned with 10 saves today.

Rapids win their first road game of the 2018 season and their first road win since beating the Houston Dynamo 1-0, September 9th of 2017 almost 10 months ago.

Good to see Sjoberg and Ford on the pitch today. Sjoberg playing the entire 90, Ford getting 29 mins in his first action of 2018 since going on the DL at the start of the season.

Nice hustle by Yannick Boli and Joe Mason to create the own goal by Vancouver in the first half giving the Rapids the lead in the 43rd minute.

Hudson deploying a different formation different from the usual 3-5-2. Today it was a 4-3-2-1.

The BAD – Yellow card suspensions coming up for Jack Price and Danny Wilson in Wednesday’s game against the Sounders on July 4th.

Second straight match without Dillon Serna listed in the 18.

The UGLY – Parking the bus in the second half with only 28% possession for the game, but with 3 matches this week, I dont think we could’ve expected much from the Rapids offensively in this match especially being on the road. I suspect the Rapids to show a stronger line up on Wednesday at home back in the familiar 3-5-2 and probably come the weekend match against Montreal, we’ll see something similar to what we saw today.

STOPPAGE TIME – The Rapids have now won 2 in a row and are unbeaten in the last 3. The defense bent but didnt break and stayed away from stupid mistakes mostly. Overall it wasn’t a pretty game but a win is a win. 7 points in 3 weeks when it could’ve easily been 0 points is a really good thing. The team is finding ways to win and right now are showing improvement in certain areas and that’s what we’ve been wanting to see this season. Let’s hope they can keep it going Wednesday night at home against the Sounders.

Aigner & Rapids part ways…

The Hudson/Aigner saga has finally come to an end and not in the way that most supporters are in agreement with. The Rapids just announced that the club and Stefan Aigner have mutually agreed to terminate the remainder of his contract.

The short of this that this frees up the contract immediately for the club and hopefully frees up some pressure for the locker room without the players having to no longer field questions about the ongoing feud between Hudson and Aigner. This I hope also means there is someone the Rapids have in mind for the summer transfer window to allow the team to move forward on the field and in the table. There’s still a lot of soccer to be played this season and this can be turned around.

Best of luck to Stefan Aigner in the remainder of his career wherever he may land.

The Full 90: Rapids 0 @ NYCFC 4…

The GOOD – That this match is finally over. Castillo seems to be one of a few if not the only player to actually possess the ability to take and dribble the ball at defenders successfully. Azira filled in well with Price being out due to yellow card accumulation.

The BAD – The defense overall from the back line to the defensive midfield, etc. The midfield and offense havent been any better overall. Too many balls played over the top for absolutely no reason. Short field or not the Rapids cant seems to connect more than 1-2 passes at a time, resulting in too many turnovers. Rapids missed Jack Price this game, definitely missing Blomberg who is still out due to injury. Zero creativity from the midfield with these two out. No service to the forwards if you don’t have anyone in the midfield who can create. Please can we please remove the “C” from Howard and give it to Price. I’ve never agreed with any team giving it’s captaincy to a goalie. It just doesn’t make sense.

Not to mention the ongoing albeit quiet spat between Hudson and Aigner, keeping the attacking midfielder off the pitch doesn’t help this team either.

In all honesty week in and week out, especially after losses, Hudson is starting to sound a lot like the Broncos head coach Vance Joseph did last season.

The UGLY – Cellar dwellers of the Western Conference. Playoffs? At this point having lost 5 in a row, I think not.

MOTM this week and should have been last week in my opinion is Edgar Castillo.

Thank God its a long season and there is still plenty of time to turn this around.