Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Eloundou, Cascio, Rumors, and Draftees

Lots of roster news today not even counting the Superdraft.
  • First, the news I'm most excited about, Charles Eloundou has signed a contract with the Rapids and will be with the team when they start the season.  He still needs his work visa (shouldn't be an issue) and ITC (gulp!) but he is currently under contract with Colorado and nobody else.  I've been following Cameroon for a few years now and I am really looking forward to having one of their young stars in Colorado.
  • As rumored Tony Cascio was loaned to Houston for 2014 in exchange for an international spot.  Part of the loan stipulates he can't play against Colorado in any competitions.
  • Chris Bianchi tweeted tonight that neither Thomas or Rivero are likely to return.  Thomas apparently wants DP money, and the million-dollar buyout is the stumbling block for Rivero.  Disappointing, but neither of these players are worth that investment so best for the team to move on.  It does leave quite a hole at defensive mid though that will need to be filled ASAP.
  • In the 3rd round of the SuperDraft the Rapids took defender Tolani Ibikunle out of Wake Forest.  He can play anywhere in the back line, being comfortable both in the center or on a wing.  The 4th round (and final) pick was Australian defender Albert Edward out of NAIA Lindsey Wilson College.  Edward is mainly a right back, a spot where we could use some competition.
With camp opening on Friday I expect we'll see some more roster moves the next couple of days.  On Thursday night I'll do the first of my regular roster tracking posts to see where we are as we head into the preseason.

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