Monday, January 25, 2016

World Soccer Talk Drops The Hammer

World Soccer Talk did a much better version of what I wrote last night.  Some excerpts:
Still, compared with the rest of this Rapids offseason, the Spencer hire looks like a stroke of genius.
And remember, this was the offseason in which the Rapids were going to turn things around by spending and thinking big. Instead, this offseason has been a rambling sideshow. With the Western Conference continuing to get better, Colorado remains rooted to the foot of the division. This organization has no clue. They’ve recommitted to Mastroeni for reasons beyond understanding yet continue to undercut him by with the likes of Director of Soccer Claudio Lopez and now Spencer. It’s been Chivas USA-esque.
Since the midway point of the 2014 season, Colorado has systematically and ruthlessly driven away the core of that 2013 playoff team. They’ve made an obsession of acquiring mediocre veterans who they deem to be “leaders,” resulting in a team that looks readier to battle Premier League relegation than contend for MLS Cup.
Soccer clubs need direction and intelligence at the top. Colorado has none of that, and as a result, the Rapids are on the verge becoming MLS’s laughingstock.
I would say that with the positive moves Chicago and Philly have made we're already the laughingstock at this point.  Combined with the MLS Extratime podcast last week this shows that its not just Rapids fans wondering what we're doing, the rest of the league feels the same way.

In other news today we found out that as expect, Greenspan's Navy duties will make him unavailable to the Rapids for the foreseeable future.  That leaves us with just 19 players under contract and available for this season as camp opened today with only 5 true defenders on the roster.

Current roster:

GK John Berner
GK Zac MacMath
D March Burch
D Bobby Burling
D Marlon Hairston
D Axel Sjoberg
D Sean St. Ledger
M Michael Azira
M Sam Cronin
M Marco Pappa
M Zach Pfeffer
M Dillon Powers
M Dillon Serna
M Marcelo Sarvas
M Jared Watts
F Dominque Badji
F Caleb Calvert
F Kevin Doyle
F Luis Solignac

Unsigned draftees:

GK Chris Froschauer
D Dennis Castillo
D Bradley Kamdem
D Javan Torre
M Emmanuel Appiah
F John Manga


M Yann Ekra - Charlotte
M Brian Ownby - Richmond

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