Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Rapids To Host Boca Juniors July 24th

The Rapids have announced that they'll be playing a friendly against Argentina's Boa Juniors on July 24th at 7pm at the Dick.  Ticket information will be released on Friday.  Really, they should be giving the season ticket holders their tickets free as a makeup for this debacle of a season.

Depending on pricing I may or may not go.  While it would be cool to see a storied team like Boca Juniors I'm not sure I want to pay a lot to either see the Rapids gets steamrolled or play against the C squad from Argentina on a Tuesday night.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Game Tomorrow - Don't Care

I was going to write a basic game preview tonight but then Rapids Rabbi published this.  No criticism of Mark, its a good article with interesting information.  My issue is this quote from Hudson:
We know the changes we need to make. It’s going to take a couple of transfer windows. It’s going to take more time on the training pitch.
That's a B.S. excuse in a league where Chicago went from 31 to 55 points in one offseason.  Where Atlanta came in as an expansion team and put up 55 points in an inaugural season.  Where LAFC is on pace for 58 points this year and they have yet to play a home game in their first season.  This isn't a case where we've got leadership stuck with a mess not of their own making.  Every player on this roster (except maybe Serna) signed their contract while Smith was either part of the player management team or GM.  Hudson is Smith's picked coach to take all these new players we got this offseason and mold them into a playoff team this year, by the standards they themselves set.

Essentially the Rapids are once again playing the fans for suckers, promising that with just enough time they'll build something we can be proud to support.  In reality, these statements are code for "Smith and Hudson don't know what the hell they are doing".  Until they do, or they're replaced with somebody who does, this team will be a laughing stock and not worth the time I've been spending writing about them.  Expect nothing but news analysis here until something changes.

Monday, June 11, 2018

9 Times

Yep, we've lost 9 times in a row.  We could talk about this game but we've talked about this game before many times.  No offense, defensive mistakes, loss.  We are now tied for the 3rd longest losing streak in post-Shootout league history and the 2nd longest losing streak in all competitions in league history (10 is the record for both, set by FSL in 2005).  Our 0.7 expected goals on Saturday is the third lowest since they started tracking the stat.  We are not just bad, we are historically horrible.

Really, there's not much more to say.  This is another wasted season by the Rapids with the same excuses and the same promises.  Abbie Mood over at Burgundy Wave said it best in her article today:
We just want someone—anyone—to say: “We messed up. We over-promised and under-delivered and here are the steps for how we plan to fix it.”
Which is exactly what I've been asking for for literally years at this point.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Houston, We Have Many Problems

Tomorrow we try to avoid our team record setting 8th league loss in a row (and record extending 9th in all competitions) in Houston.  Game time is 7pm and the game is on Altitude.  C38 will be at the Celtic for this one.

Badji is out due to yellow card accumulation.  Ford is still out injured, Hairston and Sjoberg are questionable.  Houston has 6 players out injured, including Jared Watts, one questionable, and one out on international duty.

I could throw a lineup out there but I think we all know its going to be the same 3-5-2 with players that shouldn't be starting.  Until that changes its not worth putting much into these previews.

Prediction: 2-0 loss.  Houston has one of the best offenses in the league and I don't see our broken defense stopping them.  Our best attacker is suspended so I can't see us scoring either.

Aigner Released

You know yesterday when I said I wasn't sure how much I'd write but I'd cover news?  Well, we have news.  The Rapids announced today that the club and Stefan Aigner had agreed to a mutual termination of his contract, effective immediately.

This brings to an end the issues with Aigner which, as more and more stories leak out, appear to have been caused as much by him as Hudson.  Players were calling Aigner out for his lack of effort, he reportedly had multiple run-ins with Hudson, and generally never appeared to do anything this season but pick up a paycheck.  I'm sure as time goes by we'll hear more from both sides but whatever happened, it was bad and the faster the Rapids could move on the better.

MLS rules don't allow salary relief for a contract terminated mid-season.  Whatever buyout was agreed on still hits our cap for this year.  We do remove Aigner's cap hit in 2019 and 2020 with this move though.  Aigner was due around $2 million through 2020 and I can't see him giving that up for free just to get out of the contract.  Unless he already has a new deal lined up somewhere I assume he got something for agreeing to leave early, but obviously not the full $2 million.  Whatever that is will still hit our cap this year.

So as far as this season goes, barring any future info, all we really get back is an open roster spot.  Since Aigner got his green card in the offseason this doesn't even free up an international spot.  It does remove a problem in the locker room though and lets everyone move on, so in the end it was the right move.