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Rapids Hosting Several Trialists, Including Arsenal Youngster

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A few trialists, including Arsenal midfielder Samuel Galindo, are with the Rapids in preseason.

Andy Marlin

Preseason is finally in full swing for Major League Soccer and its clubs, and the Rapids are going in with a few question marks. The coaching spot (currently being held down by Pablo Mastroeni) is the obvious one, but the team has a few holes on the field as well, and they've brought in a few trialists to add to the number of bodies in camp.

Samuel Galindo, a 21-year-old Bolivian from Arsenal, is the most notable name of the group. The young box-to-box midfielder has been with Arsenal since 2010, but has yet to make any appearances for the Gunners as he has spent the majority of his career with other teams on loan. He would add another interesting box-to-box presence to the Rapids' depth chart, alongside their first draft pick Marlon Hairston, if they decided to bring him in on loan or full-time.

The player that they brought in on trial that probably has the best chance to make the team is Joe Nasco, a 29-year-old American goalkeeper from the Atlanta Silverbacks. Nasco was the starter for the Silverbacks during their title challenge in 2013, and brings a more veteran face to the game than John Berner, an as-yet unsigned second-round draft pick. He would also add another Silverback alumnus to the Rapids ranks, following Macoumba Kandji and Chris Klute.

Joining him is Charlotte Eagles midfielder Juan Guzman, who is likely there to provide competition for another Rapids second-rounder, Jared Watts. The Eagles midfielder has two goals in 68 appearances since 2010.