In what has been one of the busiest days for the Rapids since the end of last season, the Rapids today signed two of their 2016 Super Draft picks, goalkeeper Chris Froschauer (Ohio St.) and midfielder Emmanuel Appiah(Univ of Cincinnati).
Then late this afternoon, comes the announcement of the Rapids trade with the New England Revolution for Jermaine Jones. The Rapids trading away general allocation money and a first round pick in 2017. Jones will have to serve a 6 game suspension from last season, but still this is an instant upgrade to the midfield. Welcome to the team, Jermaine!
If you dont already, follow Jermaine on twitter at www.twitter.com/@Jermainejunior.
No I’m not saying this team makes the playoffs because of Jones alone, as there are a TON of variables that have to take place for that to happen. But you have to admit that we are much closer to that being at least a possibility.
I know it’s only preseason, but if this were the regular season, the Rapids who lead for a majority of the game holding 3 points in their grasp. Sporting scored in the 77th and the tying goal in the 78th minute, both goals coming after the Rapids were playing down a man on the ejection of Francisco Flores in the 75th minute.
Again it’s only preseason but this is where the Rapids have to begin to tighten the screws and bolts as they head into the start of the new season and a loss like this can hopefully serve as a learning point moving forward. Points dropped during the season like this will serve as another long season for the Rapids and their fans.
Dominque Badji and Gaby Torres both scored for the Rapids with assists from Lucas Pittinari and Vicente Sanchez. Zac MacMath was in net for the Rapids. If you include the preseason game against UNLV, then the Rapids are 1-1-1 so far this preseason.
Rapids will play their next preseason game of the Desert Diamond Cup against the New England Revolution this Saturday.
On what should be called “transactions week” with numerous trade windows and drafts happening this week, the Rapids did some early Christmas shopping and landed defender Michael Harrington from Portland in exchange for allocation money. An 8 year veteran, in 2013 Harrington started 33 games for the Timbers. In 2014 made 25 appearances despite an ankle injury in May.
The Rapids also traded away keeper Joe Nasco. Nasco and a 2015 3rd round draft pick were sent to the New England Revolution for forwards Dimitry Imbongo, Geoffrey Castillion and a second round pick in the 2015 Super Draft.
Busy day indeed for the Rapids. Welcome to the team Harrington, Imbongo, and Castillion!