Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Practice Starts!

The Rapids had their first practice today and we got the first list of trialists in camp.  We also found out that, currently, Hendry Thomas, Martin Rivero, and Anthony Wallace are not with the team.  The three trialists are:

  • Joe Nasco - Goalkeeper: Made 3 appearances in the last 2 years with the Atlanta Silverbacks (Chris Klute's old team)
  • Juan Guzman - Midfielder: Made 11 appearances in the last 4 years with the Charlotte Eagles
  • Samuel Galindo - Midfielder: The big news of the day.  Galindo is currently with Arsenal but hasn't played a game with them since he was signed in 2010, instead being loaned out to 2nd division sides in Spain and Club Jorge Wilstermann in the top flight of Bolivia.  This looks to me that he couldn't get a UK work permit so Arsenal has been moving him around trying to get him experience.  He's also been capped twice for the Bolivian National Team and captained their U20 and U-17 teams.  He'll turn 22 in April.  Its unclear if he would join on loan or as a full signing.
Out of the 25 signed players, 16 of them participated in training today.  Mullan (right knee), Mwanga (hernia), Griffiths (shoulder), Armstrong (ACL), and Powers (tendonitis, concussion) were held up to heal up, while Klute and O'Neill were held out to let them recover from their National Team training and travels.  Deshorn Brown was also held out as he just returned from Barcelona last night.  The only player not in Commerce City today was Matt Pickens, who was on an excused absence.

Chris Bianchi tweeted today that its a matter of when, not if, Pickens is traded, so that  might have something to do with his absence.  There's also a rumor going around that Wynne is being traded.

So as we start camp, here's the camp roster:

John Berner - Unsigned draftee
Clint Irwin
Joe Nasco - Unsigned trialist
Matt Pickens

Davy Armstrong - Homegrown Player - Will start season on IR(knee)
Mark Burch
Albert Edward - Unsigned draftee
Brenton Griffiths - International
Tolani Ibikunle  - Unsigned draftee
Kory Kindle
Chris Klute
Drew Moor
Brian Mullan
Shane O'Neill - Homegrown Player
Grant Van De Casteele
Marvell Wynne

Samuel Galindo - Unsigned trialist, International
Juan Guzman - Unsigned draftee
Marion Hariston - Generation Adidas
Nick LaBrocca
Dillon Powers
Dillon Serna - Homegrown Player
Nathan Sturgis
Jared Watts - Unsigned draftee

Deshorn Brown - Generation AdidasInternational
Edson Buddle
Martin Chavez
Charles Eloundou - International
Kamani Hill
Danny Mwanga
Vicente Sanchez - International
Gabriel Torres - Designated PlayerInternational

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