Friday, March 19, 2010

Roster Talk

The Rapids announced today that Greg Dalby, as predicted, has been waived. They also confirmed that Ceus' loan will be for the full season, with the ability to recall him at any time. The FC Denver blog reported that Jure Travner did not return to the States with the team after his trial in England. Its also been reported by one comment on my last roster post that Akpan's and LaBauex's contracts are senior contracts. They both signed prior to the draft, which leads me to believe this is the case. So, the roster currently looks like this:

Under Senior Contract:
Ian Joyce
Matt Pickens

Julian Baudet
Danny Earls
Kosuke Kimura
Drew Moor
Oscar Murillo
Scott Palguta

Mehdi Ballouchy
Colin Clark
Nick LaBrocca
Jeff Larentowicz
Pablo Mastroeni
Jamie Smith
Wells Thompson

Conor Casey
Omar Cummings
Pat Noonan

Under Contract (type unknown):
Ross LaBauex


Andre Akpan

Under Development Contract:
Steward Ceus - On loan to Charlotte

Michael Holody
Rob Valentino - GA

Ciaran O'Brien - GA

Ross Schunk - On DL most if not all the season with ACL tear

On Trial:
Andy Lorei

That's 18-20 senior contracts and 3 developmental contracts + 2 that don't count towards the roster cap. Based on last year's limits of 20 senior and 4 developmental contracts the Rapids have one developmental contract to give out. Given the time that Any Lorei has been getting in this preseason i think that's his for the taking.

Assuming he signs, here's how we stack up by position:

Goalkeepers: 2 + 1 on loan that can be recalled
Defenders: 8
Midfielders: 10
Forwards: 4 + 1 on DL that probably won't e available this season

Its concerning to me that we have 10 midfielders yet I feel like we have no real depth at the wings. Honestly having Pablo, Larentowicz, and LaBrocca is probably too deep at the holding midfield position. The real question marks are the younger guys, LaBauex, Lorei, O'Brien, and Thompson. At some point this season we're going to have to rely on them to fill gaps at the wings and attacking mid, and will any of them be able to step into those roles?

1 comment:

Craig said...

Ciaran O'Brien proved last year during his spell on loan with Montreal that he was capable and valuable at the attacking mid spot. If/When called upon, it wouldn't surprise me if he succeeded.