The first week of the season is now in the books for 2016! Let me make this quick, right to the good, bad and ugly.
The Good – Possession is more times than not an overrated stat, as in this case. The Rapids had 58% possession in this game but didnt score. The good thing about possession is if you have 58% possession that means that you are probably creating chances and getting shots as the Rapids did with 18 shots to San Jose’s 7. Possession only really means something when those chances created are capitalized on, IE, scoring goals and coming away with a win. Another good thing to take from this game is the Rapids constant frustrating of San Jose though out the game.
The Bad – The lapse of focus on marking Wondo 20 secs into the start of the second half, allowing him to score what would be the game winner. You can’t afford any lapses when Wondo is on the field. Next week against the Galaxy will only be that much tougher with Keane, Magee, Dos Santos, etc on the field.
The Ugly – Rapids opening the 2016 campaign with a loss.
Better days are ahead Rapids fans.
Feb 24 – Rapids lose 4-1 to Sporting KC. Rapids took a beating allowing 4 goals to Sporting, 3 of those on penalties.
Feb 25 – Rapids trade for international spot. Adding to what’s been one the most busy off seasons in Rapids history, they trade allocation monies with San Jose for an international slot.
Feb 27 – Gashi with a goal and an assist in 3-0 win over Arizona United SC. Rapids DP Shkelzen Gashi opens his scoring account albeit preseason. Will his assist on Doyle’s goal in the 31st minute be a common sight this season on pitches all around the MLS in 2016? Rapids fans can only hope so.
Only 7 days until the start of the MLS season.
The Rapids traded away general allocation monies(GAM) to the Quakes for targeted allocation monies(TAM) and an international spot. Story here.
With this trade comes of course more rumors. The latest rumor outside of anything to do with Howard or Bedoya is this one about Santos striker Javier Orozco from MLS Multiplex, click here.
Will the Rapids pull off a major move before the season opener?
The Rapids in their first preseason match against an MLS opponent Sunday night, were unable to find the back of the net, in a 2-0 loss to San Jose in the first Las Vegas Pro Soccer Challenge Cup. Recap here.
Nothing to worry about just yet as we’re talking preseason and according to Pablo this was mostly about the team competing and fitness.
I do hope at some point this preseason it’s more about tactics and execution of a game plan as well as building a winning attitude and roster. Time will tell with the season opener less than a month away.
The Rapids now head to Tucson for the Desert Diamond Cup, first game on Wednesday.
The Rapids today have added to their midfield with Sam Cronin from the San Jose Earthquakes for allocation money. Cronin is a 6 year veteran and was the 3rd pick overall in the 2009 MLS Super Draft out of Wake Forest University. Full story here.
Welcome Sam Cronin!
Jose Mari and the Rapids are officially done. Jose Mari over the weekend signed a one and half year contract with La Liga side, Levante U.D. and will wear the number 25. Story here.
Thanks for everything and best of luck Jose Mari!
The Rapids will play their first match of the preseason in Las Vegas against the San Jose Earthquakes Feb 15th at Cashman Field. In the first ever Las Vegas Pro Soccer Challenge Cup(way too long of a name). Full story here.
The Rapids then head to Tucson to take part in the Desert Diamond Cup from Feb 18-28th hosted by the United Soccer Leagues PDL team, F.C. Tucson. Accommodations and ticket information here. Eight other MLS teams along with the Rapids will participate in preseason activities in Tucson, New England Revolution, Houston Dynamo, Sporting Kansas City, Real Salt Lake, Portland Timbers, Vancouver Whitecaps, Seattle Sounders, San Jose Earthquakes as early as January 31st.