The 2015 MLS campaign is officially underway. Philadelphia Union will play host to the Colorado Rapids at PPL Park. Just a few days ago, the MLS Player's Union and owners came to an agreement for the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. This avoided a work-stoppage and MLS First Kick has gone on as planned.
Colorado has had a busy offseason in letting go a host of players from 2014 and bringing in several new faces. Some notable players that are no longer with the Rapids include Edson Buddle, Marvell Wynne, Kamani Hill, Jose Mari, and Chris Klute. However, Colorado brought in Designated Player Juan Ramirez, Lucas Pittinari, Marcelo Sarvas, and John Harrington, among others.
Philadelphia has brought in CJ Sapong, Steven Vitoria, and Fernando Aristeguita, who is a Designated Player that is on loan from French side Nantes. The Union missed the playoffs in 2014, but has managed to keep their core together while Head Coach Tim Curtain's primary goal is to return to the playoffs.
Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni will certainly look for some redemption in the new campaign after the end of 2014 saw a disastrous run of form where the club ended the season on a 14-game winless streak. Several new signings will join core players such as Dillon Powers, Drew Moor, Shane O'Neill, Vicente Sanchez, Gabriel Torres, and Deshorn Brown with a primary goal of pushing for the playoffs.