Dillon Serna and Shane O’Neill have been called to the U.S. Men’s National Team January camp. The camp runs from Jan 12-Feb 8, with a friendlies scheduled against the Chilean National Team on Jan 28th in Chile and against Panama Feb 8th here in the US.
Caleb Calvert was the 8th pick in today dispersal draft of the former Chivas USA franchise. I know what you’re thinking, “another young player”. This one with very little experience at just 18 years old, besides his time with the Chivas USA Reserves and some time with the U-16 US Soccer Academy team. Hopefully he will get the necessary training and development to be a great addition to the team. Calvert was the first homegrown player signed by Chivas USA at the age of 16 and did appear in the Homegrown game during the all-star week this season in Portland, but has yet to see any playing time with the first team during his time with Chivas USA. Overall, not a bad pick up by the Rapids if we’re talking about the future of the franchise. The Rapids need someone to come in right now and make a difference going into 2015.
Just a few thoughts on the Rapids and some other observations from last night’s match.
Thank you soccer gods, the losing streak is finally over! Finally.
Officiating was questionable more times than not. I’m playing nice when I say that.
The Rapids overall looked better than they have since the losing streak started. It was great to see Shane O’Neill, and Kamani Hill back on the field.
I admit that earlier in the week the Colorado Rapids website stated the goal keeping position was up for grabs, I honestly didnt think Berner would get the start over Irwin. Irwin’s confidence hopefully hasnt been shaken, but you can understand why if that’s the case. The number 1 keeper has now not started in the teams last 3 games. It’s obvious Pablo is either truly searching for answers or playing mind games, or both, but we cant be sure which it is. Things become more intriguing the week ahead when Nasco is available to play again coming off his red card suspension. Who will Pablo give the start to this week?
Deshorn Brown in the second half was the most aggressive that we’ve seen him since early in the season. He’s still dangerous to opposing teams just stepping on the field, but I would like to see much more of the same intensity out of him. He and Vicente Sanchez have formed some chemistry when on the pitch together, but unfortunately Sanchez wasnt available for this game. Both Carlos Alvarez and Kamani Hill played well on the wings of the 4-5-1, hopefully this will bring the team some added success in the future.
Next up, the third leg of the Rocky Mountain Cup with Real Salt Lake. Even though Salt Lake has already claimed the cup for this season, there’s still plenty to play for in this game. Despite the level of intensity having fallen off in the rivalry, it’s still Salt Lake and the Rapids should be hungry to try and steal 3 points on the road. Which should make for an interesting and hopefully entertaining match Friday night.
With 6 games to go and 6 points out of a playoff spot, the Rapids can gain ground this week with a win at Salt Lake. Let’s go Rapids!!!
Yes it’s opening week for MLS and to celebrate all things soccer, especially here in Colorado, the new soccer issue of Mile High Sports Magazine is out with the Rapids defender Shane O’neill gracing the cover.
Plenty of great things in this issue of Mile High Sports, interview with US keeper Tim Howard. Articles on Shane O’Neill, Drew Moor, Pablo Mastroeni, Rapids rookie Marlon Hairston, the growth of MLS, World Cup preview and many other things related to the Rapids and soccer. Make sure to grab your copy.
Here are a couple of past issues in which the Rapids also made the cover of MHSM.
Gary Smith, Conor Casey, MLS Cup, Jeff Plush, Jan 2011
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.
Forward Marvin Chavez controlling the ball. Nathan Sturgis #24 and Shane O’Neill #27 (back)
A look at the East side of the stadium during halftime of the scrimmage
Keeper Clint Irwin sat out today’s scrimmage with an injury
Defender Brenton Griffiths and forward Edson Buddle focusing on a loose ball
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.