I don’t know how many readers will be able to access this – and I’ve got only a couple months left on my freebie trial – but Soccer America (SA) turned its pre-season attention to the Colorado Rapids this morning. And, typing as someone who only really noticed the Rapids when they de-pantsed FC Dallas in the ’05 and ’06 post-seasons, I actually learned quite a bit from their preview.
But even for non-newbies, there’s plenty of stuff in there, including:
– Details, as far as SA could get them from our tight-lipped league, on the Christian Gomez deal. I’d be curious as to what “real” Rapids fans think of temporarily loaning their designated player slot along with a first round draft pick for an old-ish player like Gomez. Of more interest still is where Colorado is thinking about playing him – e.g. up top, which, as SA points out, raises some issues with the current crop of forwards, not all of whom perform as advertised, scheduled, or desired. I’m still working through what I think about this…and I may just have to wait and see…
– …especially with the talk about Pablo Mastroeni pairing with some unnamed Brazilian in central midfield. That only seems to 1) deepen the confusion at forward, and, 2) point to some necessary off-loading.
– There’s also the revamped defense, one built on Chase Hilgenbrinck and Jose Burciaga Jr. on the flanks and, assuming the efforts to bring him home succeed, Nat Borchers in central defense. So, does that mean Borchers with Mike Petke or would Fernando Clavijo (or “first assistant coach” – aka, Clavijo’s successor-in-grooming) go to a 3-5-2, which would make more sense out of the talk of Pablo + a Brazilian.
Whatever all y’all make of it, at least things are happening, right? Right?