2015 Colorado Rapids season

The 2015 Colorado Rapids season is the club's twentieth season of existence, and their twentieth season in Major League Soccer, the top tier of the American and Canadian soccer pyramids. The team began the season with three scoreless matches and were both the final team that failed to register a goal, and the last that did not allowed one. A loss in their fourth match extended their scoreless streak to four, and their winless streak dating back to last season to 18 matches. Both streaks ended on April 10 against FC Dallas, who the Rapids defeated 4–0.

Colorado Rapids
2015 season
OwnerStan Kroenke
Head CoachPablo Mastroeni
Major League SoccerConference: 10th (last)
Overall: 18th
MLS Cup PlayoffsDid not qualify
U.S. Open CupFifth Round
Rocky Mountain CupWon (4th title)
Top goalscorerLeague: Kevin Doyle (5)
All: Kevin Doyle & Dillon Serna (5)
Highest home attendance18,356
(July 4 vs. Vancouver)
Lowest home attendanceLeague: 11,450
(Apr. 4 vs. New England)
All: 1,727
(June 17 vs. Colorado Springs)
Average home league attendanceLeague: 15,511
All: 14,133

Background

Club

Roster

Updated August 7, 2015.[1]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Clint Irwin  United States
2 Midfielder Nick LaBrocca  United States
3 Defender Drew Moor  United States
4 Defender Marc Burch  United States
5 Defender Michael Harrington  United States
6 Midfielder Sam Cronin  United States
7 Forward Vicente Sánchez  Uruguay
8 Midfielder Dillon Powers  United States
9 Forward Kevin Doyle  Ireland(DP)
10 Forward Gabriel Torres (DP)  Panama
11 Midfielder Marcelo Sarvas  Brazil
12 Goalkeeper John Berner  United States
13 Defender Ben Newnam  United States
14 Forward Dominique Badji  Senegal
15 Midfielder Juan Ramírez (DP)  Argentina
16 Defender James Riley  United States
17 Midfielder Dillon Serna (HGP)  United States
18 Goalkeeper Zac MacMath (Loan)  United States
19 Forward Charles Eloundou  Cameroon
21 Forward Luis Solignac  Argentina
22 Midfielder Lucas Pittinari  Argentina
23 Defender Bobby Burling  United States
29 Forward Caleb Calvert  United States
33 Midfielder Jared Watts  United States
44 Defender Axel Sjöberg  Sweden
57 Defender Carlos Alvarez  United States
94 Midfielder Marlon Hairston (GA)  United States
Defender Sean St Ledger  Ireland
Defender Maynor Figueroa  Honduras

Technical Staff

As of November 26, 2014.[2]

PositionName
VP of Soccer Ops/Technical DirectorPaul Bravo
Sporting DirectorPádraig Smith
Director of SoccerClaudio López
Head CoachPablo Mastroeni
Assistant CoachBrian Mullan
Assistant CoachSteve Cooke
Assistant Coach/GoalkeepersChris Sharpe
Team AdministratorErik Carlson
Assistant Athletic TrainerMichael Heitkamp
Soccer Operations CoordinatorBrandy Lay

Transfers

Transfers In

Date Player Position Previous Club Fee/Notes Ref
December 8, 2014 Michael Harrington DF Portland Timbers Acquired in exchange for allocation money [3]
January 6, 2015 Zac MacMath GK Philadelphia Union On loan [4]
January 15, 2015 Marcelo Sarvas MF LA Galaxy Acquired in addition to a 2015 international slot in exchange for 3rd spot in the allocation rankings and allocation money [5]
January 19, 2015 Sam Cronin MF San Jose Earthquakes Acquired in exchange for allocation money [6]
January 31, 2015 Lucas Pittinari MF Club Atlético Belgrano Loan [7]
February 17, 2015 Juan Ramirez MF Argentinos Juniors Transfer [8]
March 6, 2015 James Riley DF LA Galaxy Free Agent [9]
March 21, 2015 Ben Newnam DF Charlotte Independence Signed from affiliate [10]
May 1, 2015 Luis Solignac FW Club Atlético Nueva Chicago Transfer [11]
May 6, 2015 Kevin Doyle FW Wolverhampton Wanderers Free Agent [12]
August 7, 2015 Sean St Ledger DF Orlando City Free Agent [13]
August 7, 2015 Maynor Figueroa DF Hull City Free Agent [14]

Transfers Out

Date Player Position Destination Club Fee/Notes Ref
November 25, 2014 Gale Agbossoumonde DF Tampa Bay Rowdies Option Declined, later signed by Tampa Bay Rowdies [15]
November 25, 2014 Carlos Alvarez DF Colorado Rapids Option Declined, later re-signed [16][17]
November 25, 2014 Davy Armstrong MF Colorado Springs Switchbacks Option Declined, later signed by Colorado Springs Switchbacks [18]
November 25, 2014 Edson Buddle FW LA Galaxy Option Declined, later signed by LA Galaxy [19][20]
November 25, 2014 Kamani Hill FW Option Declined [21]
November 25, 2014 Nick LaBrocca MF Colorado Rapids Option Declined, later re-signed [22][23]
November 25, 2014 Danny Mwanga MF Orlando City SC Option Declined, later selected by Orlando City SC in Expansion Draft [24][25]
November 25, 2014 Joe Nasco GK New England Revolution Option Declined, later traded to New England Revolution [26][27]
November 25, 2014 Thomas Piermayr DF Minsk Option Declined [28]
November 25, 2014 Grant Van De Casteele MF Rochester Rhinos Option Declined, later signed with Rochester Rhinos [29]
November 25, 2014 Marvell Wynne DF San Jose Earthquakes Option Declined, later drafted by San Jose Earthquakes [30][31]
December 10, 2014 Tony Cascio MF Orlando City SC Lost in Expansion Draft [32]
January 16, 2015 Chris Klute MF Columbus Crew Traded to Columbus along with the 19th pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft in exchange for the 14th pick and allocation money [33]
January 19, 2015 José Mari MF Levante Transferred [34]
February 2, 2015 Zat Knight DF Reading FC Released by Mutual Consent, later signed with Reading FC [35][36]
January 16, 2015 John Neeskens DF New York Cosmos B Waived [37]
March 17, 2015 Deshorn Brown FW Vålerenga Transferred [38]
August 7, 2015 Shane O'Neill DF Apollon Limassol Transferred [39]

Draft Picks

Date Player Position Previous Club Fee/Notes Ref
November 19, 2014 Caleb Calvert FW Chivas USA Selected with the 8th Pick of 2014 MLS Dispersal Draft [40]
December 10, 2014 Bobby Burling DF Chivas USA Selected in the MLS Waiver Draft [41]
January 15, 2015 Axel Sjöberg DF Marquette University Selected with the 14th pick of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft [42]
January 15, 2015 Joe Greenspan DF US Naval Academy Selected with the 26th pick of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft [43]
January 20, 2015 Dominique Badji FW Boston University Selected with the 67th pick of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft [44]
January 20, 2015 Matt Jeffery DF Monmouth University Selected with the 78th pick of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft [45]
January 20, 2015 Brandon Fricke DF Butler University Selected with the 83rd pick of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft [46]

Competitions

Preseason

MLS

Results by round

Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334
GroundAHAHAHHAAHHAHAHAAHHAHHAAHHAHAAHHAA
ResultDDDLWLDDDDWLLDDLLWWWLLLWWWLDLLLLWL
Updated to match(es) played on 10 October 2015. Source: Colorado Rapids
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Standings

Western Conference standings
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
6 Sporting Kansas City 34 14 11 9 48 45 +3 51 Knockout round
7 San Jose Earthquakes 34 13 13 8 41 39 +2 47
8 Houston Dynamo 34 11 14 9 42 49 7 42
9 Real Salt Lake 34 11 15 8 38 48 10 41
10 Colorado Rapids 34 9 15 10 33 43 10 37
Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goals scored; 7) away goal differential; 8) home goals scored; 9) home goal differential; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots
Overall table

Note: the table below has no impact on playoff qualification and is used solely for determining host of the MLS Cup, certain CCL spots, and 2015 MLS draft. The conference tables are the sole determinant for teams qualifying to the playoffs

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification[lower-alpha 1]
16 Real Salt Lake 34 11 15 8 38 48 10 41
17 New York City FC 34 10 17 7 49 58 9 37
18 Philadelphia Union 34 10 17 7 42 55 13 37
19 Colorado Rapids 34 9 15 10 33 43 10 37
20 Chicago Fire 34 8 20 6 43 58 15 30
Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goals scored; 7) away goal differential; 8) home goals scored; 9) home goal differential; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots
Notes:

U.S. Open Cup

Colorado will enter the 2015 U.S. Open Cup with the rest of Major League Soccer in the fourth round.[47]

References

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