Oklahoma Energy FC have announced this morning that Rapids coach Steve Cooke has been named the new manager and technical director of the USL club, story here.
Cooke who was named the Rapids interim manager after the firing of Pablo Mastroeni last season, led the Rapids to a 3-7-2 record. Energy FC finished 6th in the USL western conference (14-11-7), making the playoffs and eventually losing to Swope Park Rangers in the conference finals. Cooke replaces former Energy FC manager Jimmy Nielsen.
Rapids this afternoon announced the addition of forward, Jack McBean from the LA Galaxy, story here. Not exactly a reason for excitement, but we wont be too quick to judge just yet.
McBean spent the 2017 season making 18 appearances, scoring 2 goals and an assist the Galaxy first team and 7 appearances scoring one goal for Galaxy II in USL. McBean was named to the USL All League First Team in 2016 with 17 appearances (15 starts), 15 goals and 2 assists.
2017 salary as of Sept 15: $65625.00 (mlsplayers.org)
The Rapids have just made it official that they are continuing their USL affiliation with the Charlotte Independence, story here.
This was in a way kind of expected when you consider the already busier than normal off-season the Rapids were expected to have. Retooling the roster, hiring a new manager, etc, etc. Extending their affiliation with the Independence was the easiest thing to do. Now they can get on to the more important stuff, like finalizing a roster, preparing for CONCACAF Champion’s League play, preseason in Arizona and so on.
Weekend on tap…..
What’s of interest in the soccer world for the weekend? My interests will be watching MLS Cup and hoping for a Toronto FC victory, I have my reasons. Watching the Manchester derby on Sunday. Come on City! Can Valencia bounce back from last week’s loss at Getafe to beat Celta Vigo and keep pace with Barcelona? While not letting both Madrids catch them? Three versus four in the Bundesliga, as Schalke and Monchengladbach go at it. And I’ll watch a little Serie A action with Juventus versus Inter.
Kosuke Kimura, Defender, was drafted by the Rapids in the 2007 Supplemental Draft, becoming the MLS’ first Japanese born player.
Kimura made 117 appearances with the Rapids between 2007-2012, scoring 4 goals. Kimura was later traded to the Portland Timbers in July 2012.
As of today (12/7) it was announced that Kimura has signed to play this upcoming season with expansion side Nashville SC of the USL along side former Rapids keeper Matt Pickens, under former Rapids manager Gary Smith. #gettingthebandbacktogether
Looks as though the Rapids will spend another preseason in the Grand Canyon state of Arizona. In what is used to be known as the Desert Diamond Cup in Tucson featuring FC Tucson along with numerous other MLS teams, is now the Sun Cup to be held in both Phoenix and Tucson sponsored by Mobile Mini Solutions. Ten other MLS teams will also be participating in this 3 week preseason event as well. Tournament dates are Feb 3rd-24th. Full Story here.
FC Tucson were acquired by Phoenix Rising FC just recently, back in October 2017.
If you want to follow event on social media, you can below.
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.
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.
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.