A lot going on today in Rapids world. Starting with the big news of the day with Dillon Powers.
Thank you Dillon Powers for all that you did in your time here with the Rapids. Best of luck to Sam Hamilton in his loan to Phoenix Rising FC. Sam if not recalled back to the first team before then, will return to Colorado when Phoenix visits Weidner Field to take on the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Sept 9th. Congrats to the Charlotte Independence on growing their current unbeaten streak to 12 games.
With the majority of MLS on a bye this week, including the Rapids, it was decided a couple of days ago to make the short road trip down to Colorado Springs for the Switchbacks F.C. USL match against Real Monarchs at Sand Creek Stadium.
We made this trip for two reasons, one to scout the Switchbacks before their visit to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park next Tuesday night for a 4th round match up with the Rapids in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The other reason is it’s against Real Monarchs, our Rocky Mountain Cup rival Real Salt Lake’s USL team. So it gives me another reason to hate Salt Lake, as if I honestly needed another reason.
Switchbacks F.C. looked sharp in their pink jerseys which they wore for Cancer Awareness Night, last night.
Here are a few photos from last night’s match.
Observations from the game.
Switchbacks F.C. won 2-1 over Real Monarchs SLC, their third win over Salt Lake in 3 matches so far this season. There was a former Rapids appearance by Davy Armstrong in the 86th minute of the game for the Switchbacks. There were a few times during the match last night where things became chippy and testy between the two teams. I think it’s safe to say that the rivalry between Salt Lake and Colorado at least on the field has moved a few miles south of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Attendance was 2012.
The Switchbacks are quick and also pass the ball very well and arent afraid to fire off a shot from long distance. Both Colorado Springs goals coming from 20 and 30 yards out. I dont think they will be able to penetrate the Rapids back line on Tuesday depending on who Pablo/Claudio has in the starting XI. Defensively the Switchbacks are very physical, committing 12 fouls in last night’s match, although that number should’ve been a lot higher. The Switchbacks are currently on a 3 game winning streak, looking to extend it to 4 on Tuesday.
I’ll post more pictures from last night’s game later. Until then we’ve got 48 hours until the US Open Cup match on Tuesday at DSG Park. Go Rapids!
Charlotte Independence defender Marlon Hairston on loan from the Rapids was named the USL Player of the week and also to the USL team of the week after recording one goal and an assist in a 3-0 win against the Richmond Kickers. The win over Richmond was the second in a row for the Independence. Full story here.
Rapids USL affiliate Charlotte Independence grab their first win of the season with a 1-0 win over Louisville City FC. John Berner gets the clean sheet for Charlotte with 6 saves and handing Louisville City their first loss of the season. Charlotte (1-2-2) moves up to 8th in the Eastern Conference from the 11th spot with 5 points. Charlotte takes much needed momentum into their next match Friday at home against Richmond.
Rapids take the pitch in a little over an hour against the Galaxy, let’s hope the Rapids can emulate their USL affiliate tonight and get a win as well.
Marlon Hairston who has yet to feature for the Rapids this season due to injury has been loaned to the Rapids USL affiliate Charlotte Independence. Full story here.
The Rapids have loaned John Berner, Charles Eloundou, Caleb Calvert and now Marlon Hairston to Charlotte.
The Independence travel to Wilmington to take on the Wilmington Hammerheads FC Friday night, gametime 5pm Mountain on YouTube.
The Rapids USL affiliate Charlotte Independence play in their first ever game of their first season in the USL against the Charleston Battery at 7pm Eastern. USL matches are all broadcast on YouTube. Live stream here.
The Colorado Rapids announced yesterday that their USL Pro affiliate will be the Charlotte Independence, pending league approval, which is but a formality and should happen. The Charlotte Independence with new ownership and will be new to USL Pro in 2015. Charlotte’s current USL Pro team the Charlotte Eagles will be moving down a division in the USL following this season. The crest shown for the Independence is one of a number that fans can vote on on their website www.charlotteindependence.com.