Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Picks, Trades, and Injuries

Another busy day out in Commerce City.  Two notes, then onto the Supplemental Draft.

  • Edson Buddle left the U.S. Nats camp with an injury to his right knee.  The same knee he's had issues with in the past.  No word on the severity of the injury.
  • The Rapids completed the long rumored trade of Eric Avila's rights to Chivas USA for former-Rapid Nick LaBrocca's rights.  Colorado is currently working on a new contract with LaBrocca.
Now onto the Supplemental Draft.  The Rapids had two 2nd Round picks, a 3rd Round pick, and a 4th Round pick.  With the 4 picks they got (in order):
  • Jamaican defender Brenton Griffiths out of the University of South Florida.  He's also played for the Jamaican U-17 and U-20 teams.  He would take up an international spot.
  • Brazilian forward Stefano Souza Pinho from Fluminense and later loaned out to Guaratingueta.  He would also require an international spot.
  • Nigerian midfielder Machael David from UC Santa Barbara.  He has American citizenship, having moved to Tacoma when he was 17 (a fellow Puget Sounder!).
  • Brazilian defender Marcello Castro from Sacred Heart University.  He would require an international spot.
None of these players have contracts yet, though its expected that Pinho's contract is already negotiated as part of his invite as an international player to the combine and draft.  If he makes the team signing him to a contract will just be a formality.  Right now we have 9 internationals in camp and 8 international spots.  6 of those internationals are already under contract, so the 3 drafted today are fighting for two spots at best, and that's assuming nobody else is signed.  Overall we have 37 players in camp for 30 spots.  Only 24 of them are signed though, leaving 13 players competing for 6 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 - Unsigned but rights traded for
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
Atiba Harris
Kamani Hill
Stefano Souza Pinho - Unsigned drafteeInternational
Cesar Romero - Unsigned trialist

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