Monday, January 26, 2009

Official Preseason Roster

The Rapids have just announced their roster for the preseason. The big news is who is not there. As had been rumored for the last couple of weeks, Tom McManus did not have his option picked up for next season. The Rapids also declined their option on Facundo Erpen. As Gary Smith said in the interview with WewantRapidman Jose Burciaga has not been re-signed. Along with the players we already had heard were leaving (Mike Petke, Tim Ward, and Bouna Coundoul) that opens up 5 senior roster spots (Ward was a Dev player). With 2 more senior spots being created this offseason that's 7 spots up for grabs. We can be fairly sure that Ty Harden and Matt Pickens will take two of those spots, so that leave 5 spots + the 4 Dev spots to be fought for, assuming none of the senior contracted players fall out of favor and get cut.

Here's the complete list:

Kwame Adjeman-Pamboe (FWD)
Mehdi Ballouchy (MID)
Preston Burpo (GK)
Conor Casey (FWD)
Steward Ceus (GK)
Colin Clark (MID)
Nico Colaluca (MID)
Terry Cooke (MID)
Omar Cummings (FWD)
Greg Dalby (MID)
John DiRaimondo (MID)
Kevin Forrest (FWD)
Cory Gibbs (DEF)
Christian Gomez (MID)
Mike Graczyk (GK)*
Brian Grazier (MID)
Ty Harden (DEF)
Jordan Harvey (DEF)
Mike Holody (DEF)
Justin Hughes (GK)
Ugo Ihemelu (DEF)
Henry Kalungi (DEF)
Stephen Keel (DEF)
Kosuke Kimura (DEF)
Nick LaBrocca (MID)
Pablo Mastroeni (MID)
Ciaran O’Brien (MID)
Jacob Peterson (MID)
Matt Pickens (GK)
Kwame Sarkodie (DEF)
Ross Schunk (FWD)
Jordan Seabrook (FWD)
Chris Sharpe (GK)*
Cesar Zambrano (DEF)

* - Both players were MLS pool keepers that trained with the Rapids last season. Sharpe was re-signed as a pool keeper for 2009, I'm still waiting for an update on Graczyk's status

By position:
GK - 4/6*
D - 10
M - 12
F - 6

That's 32 players (not counting the *) for 24 spots. Should be some good competition in camp.

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