Good second half out of the Pids against Chivas USA. Cascio should be playing up top with Conor when he’s ready to come back full time. Obviously the place for Omar Cummings is on the wing. Rivero-Castrillon continues to impress. And Kimura gets subbed out for Freeman, an obvious attempt by Manager Oscar Pareja to send him a wake-up call. Never a dull moment at The Dick.
I don’t know if he’s final word at LB for the Rapids, but Luis Zapata has proven a capable defender in his six games for the club.
The search for player personnel has probably stopped including LB and refocused to either adding depth at FW, or some help on the wings. A capable replacement for Pablo Mastroeni has to be under consideration now, as well.
(Cross-post from blogs.denverpost.com/rapids)
Every time a Rapids player went to ground, fans of Seattle Sounders FC waited with bated breath.
Brian Mullan’s first trip to Seattle since breaking the leg of Sounders forward Steve Zakuani in April of 2011 on a hard slide tackle didn’t quite end the way the Rapids hoped. To be sure, the Rapids looked dangerous at times but never quite threatened the goal.
The Sounders really only had three opportunities to score, but a header scored on a set piece by Zach Scott proved decisive as the Sounders took down the boys in burgundy 1-0 in front of a crowd of 38,000-plus in Seattle. The Rapids now have nine points on six games on the season.
The game started physically and ended chippy, with four players picking up yellows. A neutral observer couldn’t help but think these teams don’t particularly like each other.
When it comes down to style of play, the Rapids continue to endure growing pains in the installation of their 4-3-3. They play better, and look more comfortable, when they play the way Manager Oscar Pareja wants them to –- technically, with possession and with short passes along the ground.
The Sounders were better in possession, better technically and better on the scoreboard, where it really counts. And for once, the Rapids can’t blame the outcome of this game on Baldoermo Toledo, the referee.
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The season has begun in earnest for the front office of the Colorado Rapids, on and off the field.
Gary Smiff … err, Smith, isn’t content to have just added Caleb Folan on a transfer from the English Championship.
Tribal Football is reporting today that the Colorado Rapids are still after Martin John on a transfer from Cardiff City. John’s been on transfer to Conference National outfit Newport County for most of the season. With Cardiff looking more and more like they have a real chance to go up as the days go by, John probably won’t be in Cardiff’s plans for the foreseeable future. Still, the allure of playing top-flight English football might prove to be too much for him. Only time will tell.
What this does say, undoubtedly, is that Gary Smith wants to add depth ahead of CONCACAF Champions League fixtures and for the run of the season. The Rapids started to get a little tired near the end of 2010 and increased depth, especially at the back and in the target striker spot, is going to be vital to the success of this squad.
True, us Rapids faithful have been waiting with baited breath for … oh, 15 years for a shirt sponsor. So what’s another 2 weeks? or days?
Well, when you win your first trophy, your cup fills up pretty fast. Count me among those calling for the announcement already. It’s not worth saving a few nickels over, Front Office. Let’s get it already.