Hearing #Rapids96 have traded Nathan Sturgis to Chivas USA— Chris Bianchi (@Rapids_News) June 30, 2014
This move would be a bit of a surprise as Sturgis had just signed a new contract this offseason, however when you take a closer look, this should not be all that shocking. When looking at the 2013 version of the Rapids, the team ran a 4-2-3-1 with Hendry Thomas and Sturgis as holding midfielders. Especially after the trade of Pablo Mastroeni to the LA Galaxy, it was pretty much a Thomas/Sturgis combination in the middle. Sturgis had a career year in 2013 chipping in four goals on the year.
However this year things are different. The Rapids have run some version of the 4-4-2 (whether a diamond or a flat) the bulk of the year and Sturgis has been supplanted by Nick LaBrocca and Jose Mari when the need is for a holding midfielder. Sturgis has made six total appearance this year compared to 10 for Mari and 15 for LaBrocca. Also, rookies Marlon Hairston and Jared Watts have stepped up, so Sturgis looked to become expendable. There is a bit of an interesting twist here, though, as Jose Mari will be sidelined for a month with injury. This leaves Labrocca and Watts as the seemingly only real options to play that defensive midfield duo role that Pablo Mastroeni has been favoring.
There has been no official confirmation from the Rapids, but what do you think? Do you like this move? Will you be sad to see Sturgis go? Let us know in the comments section.