The second Rapids player to go on loan within a week as Berner makes his way to Phoenix to join the USL’s Rising F.C. Last week it was Caleb Calvert loaned out to the Rapids USL affiliate Charlotte Independence.
Kudos to Kroenke for getting involved with donating to the Red Cross. Stay safe everyone in the Carolinas and the rest of the Southeast with Irma approaching.
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.
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.
A big void (pun intended) on the Rapids back line, but nothing that Bobby Burling shouldn’t be able to fill, literally. I expect we’ll see the big guy starting this weekend against MLS newbies, Minnesota United FC.
The signing of Da Fonte comes as a surprise but it sounds like a good one, that benefits not only the Rapids but Sacramento Republic FC as well. I think this move is to just simply add more experience to the back line. Da Fonte having played in USL with Sacramento and NY Red Bulls II and previously 3 seasons in the Portuguese third division. The soon to be 26 year old signs a 2 year deal with the Rapids.
Welcome to the club Mike Da Fonte!
Here are just a few pics I took of our Burgundy Boys from the past week in matches against the Colorado Springs Switchbacks F.C. in the U.S. Open Cup action and the Chicago Fire in MLS action.
6/18/16 Game action Marlon Hairston & Kevin Doyle against Chicago Fire
Rapids Captain Sam Cronin moving the ball
6/18/16 – Rapids celebrate Kevin Doyle’s goal in the first half against the Chicago Fire.
6/14/16 -Pappa free kick against Switchbacks F.C. in U.S. Open Cup action
6/14/16 – MacMath with the save against Switchbacks F.C. in U.S. Open Cup action
6/18/16 – Pappa celebrating his late game winner against the Chicago Fire.
The Rapids USL affiliate in just their 2nd season open the 2016 campaign at home against Louisville City FC. Game time is 7pm eastern and can be found here.
Maybe we’ll see Rapids players Emmanuel Appiah or Caleb Calvert make an appearance. Both players were loaned to Charlotte on March 18.
Best of luck this season to the Charlotte Independence and Jack’s Militia!
Rapids lose their first game of the preseason. It was the first match of the 2016 Desert Diamond Cup for both clubs.
What was worse, losing to a team that right now is barely more than a local YMCA team or the poor online streaming efforts that was at times 4-8 minutes behind the live action via the Rapids twitterfeed? Let’s just say both for now.
The GOOD – Dominique Badji with the only first half highlight with a header from a DIllon Powers free kick tying the score in the 19th min at 1-1.
The BAD – Defense and goal tending. 3 soft goals given up by both Froschauer(2) and McMath(1), the first coming in the first minute of play. Also bad, the lack of possession (aka turnovers)and no resemblance of any attacking football anywhere by the Rapids.
The UGLY – See this Rapids tweet below post game with Pablo.
Clearly if this was their focus on the game, “attacking the ball after a turnover” then what we all know to be true about Pablo, the head coach, that he has no clue and it’s gonna be another long season for Rapids supporters.
Here’s a thought Pablo, how about this for an idea, attacking football should be a focus. How about creating some chemistry on the field, not just on offense, but on the defensive side as well! How about not only creating and maintaining possession, but doing something with possession besides shooting balls over the top and hoping!
It was a busy week for the Rapids as the 2016 regular season opener against San Jose on the road is now less than 4 weeks away.
Feb 8 – Rapids defeat OC Blues 2-0 in a preseason friendly. in the second preseason friendly of the preseason, Kevin Doyle and Caleb Calvert score.
Feb 9 – Rapids acquire Conor Doyle from DC United. Trading away a third round pick in the 2017 draft the Rapids acquired forward Conor Doyle.
Feb 13 – Rapids defeat Sacramento Republic FC 1-0. Rapids win in their first official preseason match against Republic FC on a late goal by A.J. Cochran. Rapids move to 3-0 in the preseason with previous wins over OC Blues FC and Seongnam FC.
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!