Monday, February 2, 2015

Zat Out, Clarke In, Rodallega Over?

Three pieces of news.  From least interesting (IMO) to most:

Two tweets today about the Rapids rumored pursuit of Fulham's Hugo Rodallega.
The Manager knows nothing about rumours linking Hugo Rodallega with a move to the MLS.
Source: Rodallega to Colorado talks are dead. Don't expect him moving last minute today. 
Now the idea of this being a "last minute" move shows that MLS Transfers doesn't understand the transfer window (the window of the league adding the player is what matters, which didn't close today for MLS) so take that tweet with a grain of salt.  This is a bit disappointing as I thought Rodallega would have been a great signing for Colorado, but I'm not surprised.

Secondly, the Rapids finally have a new PR guy, announcing the hiring of Richard Clarke from Arsenal to fill the big hole left by David Lindholm last season.  Clarke seems to have a good background to handle the PR of the Rapids and should help generating some positive biuxx that's been missing this offseason.

Finally the biggest news of the day (IMO), Zat Knight and the Rapids have parted ways.  If you've read this blog for the last 6 months you know I wasn't impressed with Knight and his salary hit wasn't small.  With the other defensive moves we made Knight was unnecessary in 2015 and I'm glad the Rapids agreed.  This gives us a little more flexibility with internationals and with the salary cap.

Updated roster:

(* = international):

John Berner
Clint Irwin
Zac MacMath

Marc Burch
Bobby Burling
Brandon Fricke
Michael Harrington
Drew Moor
John Neeskens
Shane O'Neill
Axel Sjoberg*

Sam Cronin
Marlon Hairston
Nick LaBrocca
Lucas Pittinari*
Dillon Powers
Marcelo Sarvas*
Dillon Serna
Jared Watts

Deshorn Brown*
Caleb Calvert
Charles Eloundou* (not yet in camp)
Vicente Sanchez*
Gabriel Torres*

D Joseph Greenspan (draftee, on Naval duty through 2017 probably)
D Matt Jeffrey (draftee)
D Wes Knight (trialist in camp)
D Ben Newnam (trialist in camp)
D Grant Van de Casteele (confirmed to be in camp)
M Carlos Alvarez (confirmed to be in camp)
F Dominique Badji* (draftee)

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