Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Nasco & Watts Signed, Thomas Traded

Still no official word on Jose Mari but the Rapids did announce two signings today.  2nd round Superdraft pick midfielder Jared Watts and trialist goalkeeper Joe Nasco (formally with Atlanta) both penned deals today.  This gives us some depth at both keeper and d-mid.  The Terrace blog also reports today that drftee goalkeeper John Berner will probably be signed soon, giving us the standard 3 keepers after Pickens is moved or sold.  Chirs Bianchi says there's interest from outside MLS for his services (probably Scandinavia given the current open transfer windows) or he could be traded.

Depth will be necessary at d-mid as Hendry Thomas' rights were traded to Dallas today where he'll rejoin Oscar Pareja.  The Rapids got allocation money in return for his rights.  Bianchi reports it as the largest sum of allocation money the team has eve received in a transaction.  That should allow us to go shopping for some players.  With this move the future of the full 2013 roster has been determined.

There are still 3 trialist and 3 draftees in camp with 27 players signed.  Armstrong will start the season on IR and Pickens will presumably e moved before the March 1st roster compliance day, so that means there are still 5 spots open that those 6 are competing for.  We only have 7 international players in camp and 8 spots, so that won't be a roadblock.

John Berner - Unsigned draftee
Clint Irwin
Joe Nasco
Matt Pickens - On "Excused Absence"

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 trialistInternational
Juan Guzman - Unsigned trialist
Marion Hariston - Generation Adidas
Nick LaBrocca
Jose Mari - Unsigned trialistInternational
Dillon Powers
Dillon Serna - Homegrown Player
Nathan Sturgis
Jared Watts

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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