The Rapids on Friday made official the re-signings of Nick LaBrocca, and Carlos Alvarez. While also signing Marc Burch to a new contract. Full story here.
I’m excited about Alvarez re-signing but not so much about the re-signing of LaBrocca aka Pablo’s favorite player. He’s experienced in the midfield sure and adds to the depth at that position for the club, but one has to wonder at times what he’s thinking on the pitch. He’s the one player on the team that worries me most when he is on the ball. Hopefully with the additional competition at the midfield position to the team this offseason, we will see lesser of LaBrocca on the pitch.
It’s been a busy day for the Rapids so far as we approach the expansion draft for NYCFC and Orlando City along with the waiver draft, etc. The Rapids declined the contract options on several players. Edson Buddle, Marvell Wynne, Nick LaBrocca, Joe Nasco, Danny Mwanga, Davy Armstrong, Carlos Alvarez, Grant Van De Casteele, Gale Agbossoumonde, Thomas Piermayr and Kamani Hill. It’s possible that any of these players could return to the Rapids for 2015 prior to going into camp in January, but we’ll see.
The Rapids did exercise the option on Tony Cascio for next season. Cascio who played for the Dynamo on loan in 2014, sitting out most of the season with a torn ACL.
Speaking of the Dynamo, they declined the option on Omar Cummings’ contract. How about this? Bringing back the fellow Jamaican, (not to mention fan favorite) to be the threat up top that Buddle couldnt do and to help Deshorn Brown along in his development as a striker? All at a lesser cost of course. How about it Bravo?
The Rapids held an open “burgundy versus blue “intra-squad scrimmage for fans today at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Here are just a few of my photos from today.
Keeper Clint Irwin sat out today’s scrimmage with an injury
Defender Brenton Griffiths and forward Edson Buddle focusing on a loose ball
A look at the East side of the stadium during halftime of the scrimmage
Forward Marvin Chavez controlling the ball. Nathan Sturgis #24 and Shane O’Neill #27 (back)
According to ColoradoRapids.com today’s scrimmage drew about 200 fans. Not a huge number by any means, but honestly more than I figured would even show at all, considering this scrimmage was just announced Friday.