This afternoon the Rapids announced Zac MacMath had undergone successful knee surgery today and will be out the next 4-6 weeks. Wait, what?
There aren’t many details from the club website. Story here.
Who knows what happened or when this injury came about. Was it from Saturday’s match or has this been a season long lingering issue? Regardless, best wishes on a speedy recovery Zac!
Howard will be in net for the MLS all-star game tomorrow night against Real Madrid. One would guess that he would also be in net for this weekend’s match against Vancouver with Berner as his backup. We’ll have to wait and see.
Here are the headlines for today, including the last couple days.
In what comes as a surprise to most everyone this morning, Tim Hinchey just granted the wishes of many of the Rapids faithful. Hinchey will be leaving the Rapids front office to take over as President & CEO of USA Swimming as reported in a press release by USA Swimming.
Switchbacks FC fail to advance in last night’s match against OKC Energy FC in the 3rd round of the US Open Cup, missing out on a 3rd straight meeting with the Rapids this season. The Rapids will face Energy FC for the first time. Game according to ussoccer.com is scheduled for June 13th. 3rd round US Open Cup results and 4th round schedule here.
No Bobby Burling for this weekend’s match again the Crew SC, thanks to the Disciplinary Committee. No Howard due to US National team duties. No Watts possibly with a calf injury. Mekeil Williams is possibly also out as he is training with Trinidad & Tobago this week for the upcoming WCQ against the US next Thursday. So the back four for Saturday looks like it could be Hairston, Sjoberg, Ford and Miller to start.
Congrats to Conor Casey who will join the Rapids Gallery of Honor on Saturday.
So yesterday comes the news of Tim Howard being suspended for the next 3 games due to an altercation with a fan after the game at Sporting KC last week. Story here.
As we witnessed last weekend against NYRB, Howard’s stellar play in goal sealed his return to USMNT duty as he was called into camp in preparation for the World Cup qualifiers. The USMNT will host Honduras next Friday March 24th at San Jose Quakes Avaya Stadium.
Tough to see former Rapids player Aitor Karanka released as mananger of Premier League side Middlesbrough while they fight to get out of the relegation zone with 11 games left on the season.
A lot of love going out to our viking, Axel Sjoberg today. Howard talks Supporter’s Shield. See below.
- Today over at Goal.com, their MLS Spotlight is on Rapids second year defender Axel Sjoberg. Story here.
- MLS follows up later with a spotlight of their own on Sjoberg. Story here.
- MLSSoccer.com article with Howard discussing the push for the Shield. Story here.
The GOOD – The offense woke up in the 2nd half, thanks to efforts by Hairston, Badji that lead up to a goal by Le Toux. Not that the Rapids didnt have chances prior to that. Watts improved play on the back line. Howard with another clean sheet. MacMath’s yellow card from the bench in the 77th minute resulting in the loudest cheer of the night from supporters. The physicality of the match. Sjoberg and Watts frustrating Adi all night. And oh yea, clinching a playoff berth!
The BAD – Dillon Powers and his headband. No Azira due to suspension. Pablo’s constant raising his arms in complaints to officials, though he was somewhat justified in this match. But it only makes him look bad and in my belief is a distraction. Late arriving and early leaving fans at DSGP. Another slow start to the game by the Rapids. Pablo harps on dictating the pace in the first 15 minutes of each game but havent seen much of that this season.
The UGLY – Officiating especially in the first half. Though the officials wore blue Saturday night, there seemed to be an additional green kit on the pitch early on.
SUMMARY – A hard fought 3 points for the Rapids. Keeping pace with Shield leaders FC Dallas, who have 56 points and the Rapids still with 2 games in hand. The Rapids with 51 points tying their best total in team history from 2013. Defense was much better this game than the 2 or 3 previous games. Next up, on the road at Houston Dynamo, Oct 8th.
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.
Axel Sjoberg, Shkelzen Gashi
Post training interview with Richard Fleming and Pablo Mastroeni
Rapids Midfielder Michael Azira
Zac MacMath looking to stop a shot
Rapids newest acquisition, keeper Tim Howard
The Secretary of Defense
Great to see defender Joseph Greenspan back with the team
Howard with the stop.
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.
What once began as a rumor or many would say a pipe dream has finally become a reality.
The Rapids announced today that they have acquired US International and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard. Howard is joining the Rapids as a designated player and will join the club at the end of the Premier League season in what is reported as a 3 year deal.