Colorado Rapids, Game Recaps

Rapids fail to take all three points against rotated Dynamo side

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Houston Dynamo and Colorado Rapids battled to a scoreless draw Saturday – a result that extends Colorado’s winless streak to three consecutive games.

Colorado Manager Anthony Hudson continued to tweak his lineup and tactics, as Johan Blomberg started his second match of the season in the right wing-back role of Hudson’s more-defensive 5-2-2-1 formation. Newly acquired attacker Giles Barnes made his debut at right forward before an ankle injury saw him substituted for Jack McBean in the fifty-second minute.

On the opposite side of the pitch, Houston’s Wilmer Cabrera started only one forward in a defensively-minded 5-4-1 that saw regular starters DaMarcus Beasley, Philippe Senderos, Mauro Manotas, and Alberth Elis begin their night on the bench.

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Colorado Rapids, Roster Updates

Giles Barnes pens six-month deal with Colorado Rapids [Updated]

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Colorado Rapids have made their first acquisition of the 2018 summer transfer window by signing Jamaican forward Giles Barnes.

An experienced MLS player – with stints at Houston, Vancouver, and Orlando City – Barnes comes to Colorado “on a six-month deal with a club option for 2019 pending receipt of his [International Transfer Certificate].”

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Colorado Rapids, Transfer Rumors

Giles Barnes Released by Club León

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Colorado Rapids transfer target Giles Barnes has been released from his contract with Liga MX’s Club León, according to ESPN’s Eric Gomez. Barnes never appeared in a league match for Los Panzas Verdes and failed to score in his three appearances in Copa MX.

The Rapids are rumored to be in deep negotiations with the thirty year old attacker and there are rumblings in the Colorado community that a deal is close to materializing.

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Colorado Rapids, Transfer Rumors

Source: Rapids waive Joe Mason and are close to acquiring Giles Barnes [Updated]

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The Colorado Rapids are attempting to address their attack during the summer transfer window by cutting Joe Mason and signing Giles Barnes, according to MLSsoccer.com writer Sam Stejskal.

Joe Mason – on loan at Colorado Rapids from Wolverhampton Wanderers – appeared in fourteen matches and scored three goals across all competitions for the Rapids. According to Stejskal, Mason was waived by the club “earlier in week” and “is returning to Wolverhampton.” Mason’s production rarely seemed to justify his salary of nearly $700,000 to Colorado’s supporters, who have been demanding wholesale changes to the side after a difficult start to the 2018 campaign.

Mason’s departure opens up another spot in the squad for an attacker and Stejskal says “Colorado are close to signing” experienced MLS attacker Giles Barnes as a replacement. The Jamaican front-man has yet to record an league appearance for Club León since moving to the Mexican side in January this year and likely desires more playing time.

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