Monday, January 4, 2016

Tick Tock, Tick Tock

We are 71 days into an approximately 90 day offseason.  Last year the veterans reported to camp on Thursday January 22nd and I assume camp will open around the same date this year.  With the first couple of days being physicals and testing we have essentially 3 weeks until the team takes the field for the first real training sessions.

So far this offseason we've cleaned out a lot of dead weight, lost two notable players (Moor and Sanchez), and acquired two midfielders (Pappa, Azira) and a backup keeper (MacMath).  That leaves us with a signed roster of 19 players (including Greenspan who may or may not be available) and no real improvement yet from a last-placed Western Conference team.

That means the Rapids have A LOT of work to do in the next 3 weeks.  We have 9 open roster spots and a a noticeable lack of quality that needs to be filled quickly.  The #2 pick should get us one sure roster player but should not be expected to increase our quality.

Technically MLS's transfer window doesn't open until mid-February but that only matters for getting players registered to play in competitive matches.  Players can train and playing in preseason games without being registered so that's not stopping players from being signed now.

This team can not afford to have another offseason where we wait until the last minute to make major signings and then spend the first half dozen competitive matches figuring out how to integrate them.  We need quality signings and we need them now.

The FO also needs to do something to show fans that things will be different this year and the easiest way to do that is to make preseason different.  We've heard talk about an "offensive coordinator".  Well that's somebody that should be in place in time to evaluate players at the combine which starts...Thursday.

If you look at the MLS transaction page you'll see that most teams haven't made major moves yet, so the Rapids aren't behind.  This isn't a surprise with the playoffs and the holidays.  As of today though the clock is ticking.  Time to make some moves.

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