Colorado Rapids – MLS Team Preview 2019

Colorado Rapids - MLS Team Preview 2019

Colorado Rapids - MLS Team Preview 2019

The 2010 MLS Playoffs champions ended last season 11th in the Western Conference, which marked the 2nd year in a row Rapids failed to qualify for the Playoffs. As for their U.S. Open Cup performance, Colorado was once again knocked out early in the 4th Round, where they lost to Nashville SC (2:0). With several disappointing seasons behind them, Rapids will hope to improve and repeat their 2010 season when they won the MLS Playoffs.

 

Head Coach: Anthony Hudson

Anthony Patrick Hudson, English professional, football manager is regarded as one of the best coaches in the MLS. After a long 11-year coaching career, Anthony Hudson got his job as the Colorado Rapids head coach in 2017. Before that, he coached Real Maryland Monarchs, Newport County, Bahrain U23, Bahrain national team, New Zealand U23 and New Zealand national team, with whom he qualified for the 2018 World Cup.

He was among the youngest coaches to receive the UEFA Pro Licence, which is the highest coaching award in football. Hudson received the reward back in 2012 with 31 years of age. As an interesting fact, Hudson became the youngest coach in Colorado Rapids history and was the youngest coach in the MLS 2018 season with 36 years of age.

 

Transfers

DateNameMoving fromMoving toMode of Transfer
December 9, 2018 Zac MacMathColorado RapidsVancouver WhitecapsTrade
December 11, 2018 Yannick BoliColorado Rapids Ratchaburi Mitr PholFree
December 18, 2018 Edgar CastilloColorado RapidsNew England RevolutionTrade
December 18, 2018 Kelyn RoweColorado RapidsSporting Kansas CityTrade
December 20, 2018 Enzo MartínezColorado Rapids Charlotte IndependenceFree
December 22, 2018 Caleb CalvertColorado Rapids Saint Louis FCFree
January 11, 2019 Marlon HairstonColorado RapidsHouston DynamoTrade
December 11, 2018 Kei KamaraFC CincinnatiColorado RapidsTrade
January 11, 2019 Benny FeilhaberLos Angeles FCColorado RapidsFree
December 18, 2018 Kelyn RoweNew England RevolutionColorado RapidsTrade
December 14, 2018 Andre RawlsNew York CityColorado RapidsRe-Entry Draft
December 19, 2018 Keegan RosenberryPhiladelphia UnionColorado RapidsTrade
December 18, 2018 Diego RubioSporting Kansas CityColorado RapidsTrade
December 14, 2018 Clint IrwinToronto FCColorado RapidsTrade
January 11, 2019 Andre Shinyashiki Denver PioneersColorado RapidsSuperDraft
January 15, 2019 Matt Hundley UCLA BruinsColorado RapidsHomegrown player
January 15, 2019 Sam Raben Wake Forest Demon DeaconsColorado RapidsHomegrown player
December 9, 2018 Nicolás MezquidaVancouver WhitecapsColorado RapidsTrade

 

Expectations for the 2019 season

With all the additions to the team, I believe Colorado Rapids is a team that is capable of doing something, but then again, I don’t know exactly what that “something” is. In other words; I don’t really believe they should be considered among the favourites to appear in the playoffs, but in my opinion they, they are a “sleeper” team. With 7 spots open for playoffs, I can see Colorado striving to finish among top 7, which they just might achieve. But at the end of the day, they are still a mid-table team.