Burgundy Headlines for June 27th…

A look at some of today’s headlines leading up to 5th round action tonight in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, Rapids @ FC Dallas.

I’m hoping for an upset tonight against FC Dallas in the 5th round of the US Open Cup but let’s be honest, it’s not gonna happen. Unless Pablo transforms himself in Pep Guardiola, or Antonio Conte, the Rapids will likely end their US Open Cup run in the same fashion as last year and to the same team. Match can be watched online at ussoccer.com, kickoff 6pm(MT). I think we can expect Pablo to rest most of the bigger names tonight against FC Dallas ahead of this weekend’s league matchup with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday. Gashi now back from injury may see the pitch some tonight.

The U23s match tonight at DSGP couldn’t come at worse time (seriously no pun intended) with kickoff half an hour before the Rapids kickoff with FC Dallas at 6pm.

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

The GOOD – Better game overall than the previous against OCSC the previous weekend. More shots (15) on goal, though only 1 was on target. Gashi has found his left foot again, and played a full 90, this is a great thing. Powers played well at the D-Mid position next to Azira. Rapids supporters standing in the 24th minute in support of Rapids homegrown player Kortne Ford whose mother is fighting breast cancer.

The BAD – Officiating, but certainly not the reason the Rapids lost the game. The back line played better overall until the counter attack late in the second half, leading to the Brek Shea goal. 5 losses in a row, the spiral continues.

The UGLY – Mekeil Williams’ red card. Who will play left back on Saturday? Personally I would like to see Dennis Castillo get the call up from Charlotte. Or do we see Mike da Fonte get the start this week?

The Final Third – Another late game collapse from the Rapids, a scenario we’ve seen way too much of. The Rapids have 7 of their next 10 games at home and could really turn things around on the season. A win this weekend will help that.

The Rapids will try again to get in the win column this Saturday as the San Jose Quakes roll into town. Sjoberg has been seen on the practice field this week.

The Full 90: Rapids 3 @ Dynamo 2 recap….

The GOOD – 3 massive points on the road! Dominique Badji’s 2 goals. 2 points within league leading FC Dallas. The winning goal by Shkelzen Gashi. Powers 2 assists on the night! Most points of the season with 54 so far by any team in Rapids history! First round bye in the playoffs.
The BAD – The 2 sloppy goals given up by the Rapids defense. No Sam Cronin, suspended for the next match due to yellow card accumulation.
The UGLY – The remaining 3 games of the regular season are against teams with better quality than the Dynamo. If the Rapids don’t raise their game in some fashion and run the table, the Supporters Shield is out of the question.That begins Thursday at home against San Jose.

SUMMARY – Good to see the Rapids use their bench and get minutes for Castillo, Greenspan and Calvert, even if it comes due to exhaustion to Gashi, Badji and Le Toux. These minutes are important going into these last three games for these players.

Man Of The Match – Dom Badji

LOOKING AHEAD – With Cronin out against his old team San Jose, I expect Powers to move into his position as DM along side Azira and Gashi to move into Powers position as the #10, assuming Hairston is available to play the wing. If Hairston isn’t available then I think it’s possible though highly unlikely that we could see Pappa on the wing, leaving Gashi as the #10.

No word on Doyle’s availability, as well as Burling, or Jones for this match.

Rapids are gonna have to determine the pace of the game against San Jose early with the offense. Rapids have to score early and first causing San Jose to have the added pressure to chase them. But the Rapids cant immediately go into parking the bus, they will have to do like they did last week and continue to look for goals. #keepfighting #shieldhunting

See you Thursday at “The Richard”.

 

Rapids in pictures July 2nd…

The Colorado Rapids held an open training session for season ticket members today, giving supporters an up-close first look at the Rapids newest addition in US International icon and keeper Tim Howard.

The squad was broken up into two groups, one group being the players who most recently played this past Wednesday in the US Open Cup match against FC Dallas and the remainder of the team, most of whom will probably be in the starting 11 on Monday against Portland on July 4th.

Though he did not take part in training, it was great to see Dillion Serna at training and not on crutches. Serna suffered an injury Wednesday night against FC Dallas and is due to have season ending knew surgery soon. Also great to see Sean St. Ledger and Bobby Burling, who have both been out of action due to injury. Shkelzen Gashi’s back from Albanian National team duties in the Euro 2016 tournament. The only noticeable absentee was Jermaine Jones.

The Full 90: Week 11 – Rapids @ Crew recap…

The GOOD – The return of Shkelzen Gashi to the starting 11 after missing the previous game with an illness. Doyle rules!…..again, putting a header into the back of the net from a Gashi corner. Much better second half by the Rapids than the first half. The Rapids are now unbeaten in their last 7, winning 5 of those 7, also scoring 12 goals in those 7 games and relnquishing just 6 goals. Of the 3 games this last week, the Rapids grabbed 7 of a total 9 pts (2 wins, 1 draw). Still on top of the Western Conference and leading the Supporters Shield race.

The BAD – The poor defense leading up to Crew SC’s goal in the 23rd minute. Watching the last 10 minutes of the game.

The UGLY – Officiating, 15 fouls Colorado, 7 for Columbus.

Next up for the Rapids, away at Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday May 21st.

The Full 90: Week 7 – Rapids 2 @ Sporting KC 1…

The Rapids grab a much needed road win and 3 points from Sporting.

The GOOD – It’s not just a win, but a road win! What they couldn’t do in Salt Lake last week, they managed to do at Sporting. Solignac scored his second in as many games. Gashi gets his first goal, the game winner. Pappa with another assist. The Rapids played to win and not just hold on for a draw and a point.

The BAD – Poor defending, with a depleted line up due to injuries, etc, players are left playing out of position. Showing itself especially on the Dwyer goal leaving him unmarked in the box from the corner kick.

The UGLY – There wasn’t much ugly about this game

 

The Rapids are now 3-2-1, 10 points in the Western Conference

4 questions heading into the Rapids season opener…

There are four questions in relation to the Rapids that come to mind as we head into the MLS season just days away.

Question #1Can the Rapids be the Leicester City of MLS this season? Meaning, can Pablo & Co be THE talk of the league, the top dog in the Supporter’s Shield race or even win the MLS Cup? Short answer, NO. Sure it’s possible and it would be great for the supporters and the league if the Rapids could pull off such a feat, but as long as Mastroeni is in charge, I dont see it happening. His substitution patterns are more times than not questionable at best. And he hasn’t grasped the idea of attacking football and how to implement it. The Rapids have hopes of a great season as the other 19 teams in MLS, but they will not be good enough to take the league by storm, though stranger things have happened.

Question #2 – Speaking of Mastroeni, he is no doubtedly on the hot seat coming this season. Does Pablo get the axe or does he make it through the whole season? How will he(Pablo) fare as 2016 rolls along? Will he be like Brendan Rogers (fired early season), Jose Mourinho (mid-season) or more like Louis Van Gaal, hanging on week in and week out throughout this season?

I strongly believe that if the Rapids get off to a bad start in March, April and maybe some into May that he is gone, adios, arrivederci, giving assistant coach John Spencer time to shape the team the way he wants especially before the pending arrival of Tim Howard in July. Though there is still nothing officially announced on this possible move.

Question #3Who will the Rapids miss the most this season Clint Irwin, Vicente Sanchez, Gaby Torres or Drew Moor? Quick answer without a doubt, Irwin, A LOT! Nothing against McMath, but you still have to prove to us that you’re capable in net. It’s gonna be difficult with a legendary Tim Howard looking over your shoulder even from as far away as Everton.

Next would be Sanchez. Many times last season he was the only spark offensively the Rapids had, the one player who could create and play 1v1 against opposing defenders, making him a fan favorite.

Question #4 – Can this season’s tandem of Doyle & Gashi be as good as the scoring duo of Conor Casey & Omar Cummings? Rapids fans can only hope so! We have yet to see much of Doyle and Gashi together on the pitch, but something tells me that if the midfield can move the ball forward and not create turnovers, this could be a special pair for the Rapids.

Those are just a few questions that came to mind for me as we head into the 2016 season starting in just 4 short days! Your thoughts? And what other questions do you have for this season?

Sarvas to D.C.? Rapids add defender & a striker…

On what is deadline day in the footballing world of the winter transfer window, the Rapids seem to have added two pieces to the roster, while losing another. Washington Post Soccer Insider, Steven Goff reports that the Rapids are in the process of trading Marcelo Sarvas to DC United. Sarvas is said to have shown up at United’s training camp this morning. The deal is reportedly for target allocation money. More to come as this unfolds.

UPDATE – Late this afternoon the Rapids finalized a trade of Marcelo Sarvas to DC United for targeted allocation money and a 2018 draft pick. Thank you Sarvas for your time in burgundy and blue! Best of luck!

According to the Twittersphere, the Rapids have added defender Mekeil Williams from Antigua GFC, no details on the transaction so far.

The Rapids it seems has added some help for Doyle up top in the signing of Albanian striker Shkelzen Gashi from Swiss side FC Basel. Gashi signs with the Rapids as a designated player in what is a reported as a 4 year deal. Gashi is the two time defending golden boot winner since he’s arrived in Basel in 2014.

Welcome Shkelzen Gashi and Mekeil Williams!