Colorado Rapids, In-Depth

Pádraig, Call the Crew’s Bluff

Columbus sources sure seem intent on ensuring that the Colorado Rapids overpay for central defender Lalas Abubakar. And why wouldn’t they? The Ghanaian was out of favor for the first two months of the Crew’s season – only managing one appearance before arriving to Denver on loan. If a club has a chance to garner an obscene fee for a bench player they’re going to take it every time.

The attempted price gouging in-and-of-itself isn’t necessarily unexpected. What is surprising is how deliberately obvious the Crew’s strategy is regarding the transfer. When Ben Ferree published “Colorado Rapids willing to spend over $1 million to get Columbus Crew CB Lalas Abubakar” in Pro Soccer USA earlier this month, I immediately knew that the sources would either be from the Crew’s camp or completely unattributed. Though the Columbus-based journalist chose to cite the latter, the fact that it was Ferree’s work and not the outlet’s Denver correspondent certainly indicates that this story came from the Crew’s side. After all, the same piece made it clear that Columbus believes Colorado to be one of “several teams” interested, a claim repeated nearly verbatim in the Columbus Dispatch – and nowhere else – weeks later (notably, according to the defender himself, it’s Colorado or bust).

At this point you should be asking yourself: “How would the Crew’s camp know what the Rapids are willing to pay?”

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Colorado Rapids, Transfer Rumors

Source: Rapids interested in Norwegian youth international Sander Svendsen

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The Colorado Rapids are attempting to sign Norwegian youth international striker Sander Svendsen on loan from Hammarby IF, a source close to Svendsen’s agent told Rapids Republic Wednesday morning.

Representatives from Colorado apparently have been in contact with the forward’s agent this week regarding a loan deal that would secure more playing time for Svendsen, who was once heralded as one “of the best young talents in world football.”

Svendsen – supposedly “keen on a move to MLS” – is expected to see less of the field following Hammarby’s successful acquisition of Montenegro International Vladimir Rodic. Fotboll Direkt first reported Monday that Hammarby was seeking to loan Svendsen to a team in MLS if the club was able to sign the Montenegrin attacker.

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Colorado Rapids, Transfer Rumors

Report: Colorado finalizing deal to acquire Edgar Castillo permanently

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The Colorado Rapids are in “advanced talks” to acquire left fullback Edgar Castillo from C.F. Monterrey on a permanent basis, according to a deadline-day report authored by John Rojas at Diario AS. Castillo – who has made twenty-two appearances for the Rapids after joining the club on loan from Los Rayados – would be rewarded with a multi-year contract if the deal is completed.

The news follows a 2-1 victory against the L.A. Galaxy, a game where the Mexican-American assisted the match-winning goal in front of a raucous crowd that included the defender’s agent, Chris Barbosa (Fútbol Marketing Group). Attacking contributions are not uncommon for the fullback, as Castillo has recorded two goals and three assists on the season, despite occupying a primarily-defensive role.

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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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