Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Spaniard Jose Mari Joins the Team In Vegas

Today the Rapids announced that Spaniard Jose Maria Martin Bejarano-Serrano (commonly known as Jose Mari) will join up with the team when they arrive in Las Vegas tomorrow, with the hope the team can work out a deal with him.  Mari is a 26 year old defensive midfielder who has played his whole career in Spain.  This is not the 36 year old Spanish international striker Jose Mari, the first hit you get when you Google that name.

Mari's last team was Real Zaragosa, who were just relegated to the Segunda (same division as CD Tenerife) last season, but last week the club and Mari mutually agreed to terminate his contract. Prior to that he's played for a number of Segunda teams over the last 8 seasons, making about 200 appearances in that time.  Clearly he's being brought in to fill the hole created by the fact that negotiations with Hendry Thomas have stalled out, so its looking more and more like Thomas won't be back.

Interesting quote from Mari in the announcement:
 I know that the coach, Pablo, is an institution at the club, that he’s been here for many years and is a very important man for the Colorado Rapids organization.
Does Mari know something official about the coaching situation that the rest of us don't?  :D

On the eve of the Vegas trip, here's what the camp roster looks like:

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