Friday, January 25, 2013

Part 2 and Rapids Sign Two

I haven't had time to watch it yet, but here's part two of the Inside the Superdraft series:

The big news today was two signings by the Rapids.  First this morning Colorado participated in a lottery for the rights to Charles Eloundou, a Cameroonian striker who signed a contract with the league prior to the SuperDraft but a delay in his work visa prevented him from being available on draft day.  Colorado beat out FSL and DC in the lottery.  Eloundou, 18, has played for Cameroon's U-20 team, scoring 8 goals during the 7 games of U-20 World Cup Qualifying in 2012.  That earned him a cap for the full National Team and his joining of the Rapids will be delayed until next month has he's been called up to the full Nats again for their friendly with Tanzania on Feb. 6th.  He's on loan from Cameroonian side AS Fortuna de Mfou with an option to buy at the end of the 2013 season.  As a bit of a fan of the Cameroon National Team I can't wait to see him in action.

This afternoon the Rapids announced that they had signed Nick LaBrocca to a new contract.  He'll immediately challenge for a starting spot in midfield and if Pablo spends any time on the bench he's the natural replacement.

The updated camp roster is below, but just some numbers on the camp.  There are 38 players trying for 30 spots.  26 players are already under contract.  If we assume that one of the 3 goalkeeper trialists will claim the 3rd GK spot that leaves 9 players trying for the 3 remaining field spots (assuming a signed player isn't cut or traded).  The Rapids have 7 international players under contract and 3 internationals from the Supplemental Draft on trial for a total of 8 international slots.

Updated camp roster:

Steward Ceus
Matt Pickens
Joel Helmick - Unsigned trialist
Clint Irwin - Unsigned trialist
Jim Mauer - Unsigned trialist

Diego Calderon - International
Marcello Castro - Unsigned drafteeInternational
Brenton Griffiths - Unsigned draftee, International
Kory Kindle - Unsigned draftee
Chris Klute (Atlanta loan through late-Sept)
Drew Moor
Anthony Wallace
Marvell Wynne
Luke Vercollone - Unsigned trialist

Davy Armstrong - Homegrown Player
Tony Cascio
Jaime Castrillon - International
Machael David - Unsigned draftee
Kevin Harbottle - International
Nick LaBrocca
Pablo Mastroeni
Brian Mullan
Shane O'Neill - Homegrown Player
Dillon Powers
Martin Rivero (Rosario Central loan through 2013) - International
Dillon Serna - Homegrown Player
Nathan Sturgis
Hendry Thomas - International
Carlos Diaz - Unsigned trialist
Jamie Smith - Unsigned trialist

Andre Akpan
Deshorn Brown - Generation Adidas, International
Edson Buddle
Charles Eloundou - International
Atiba Harris
Kamani Hill
Stefano Souza Pinho - Unsigned drafteeInternational
Cesar Romero - Unsigned trialist

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