This year serves as year #4 that I've paid attention to the MLS SuperDraft. My Burgundy Wave boss and our resident rabbi have already locked and loaded on their assessments--to which I add nothing.
But as a fan whose hindquarters are firmly place in the South Stands, I found this SuperDraft fascinating. Clearly, the Colorado Rapids want established talent rather than drafting possible talents. They need experienced players (stars, even) in order to turn the corner. And we've heard ad nauseum about the possibilities of Alejandro Bedoya (whom we found is off the table--thanks, FC Nantes) and Alan Pulido coming to our little corner of the planet.
But who knows?
We who bleed Burgundy (hat tip to you, John Miller) need some hope. Now, let's define our terms. As a pastor, I preach on hope everytime I, well, preach. There's two ways to look at hope: one is as a verb ("I hope this works out"). This means you're not certain of the outcome. Then there's the noun 'hope.' For instance, the apostle Paul writes to the church in Rome, "
We rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,and endurance produces character, and character produces hope (The Apostle Paul, found in Romans 5:2-3).
Hope. The way Paul uses it is as if it's a certainty.
And that's the what Rapids fans need: hope. I'd suggest we need hope for eternity, but that's for another blog at another time.
For our intents and purposes now, I sense that the front office knows deep down that the fans need some hope. They need to see that the goal is not simply to make money (something that the move of the Rams from St. Louis to Los Angeles/Englewood screamed) or to simply have an MLS presence this side of the Rockies. Fans need to see that the FO wants to win!
Fly halfway across the world to snag Alan Pulido? That gives some hope.
Losing out on Alejandro Bedoya from FC Nantes? That hurts.
Trading away the #2 pick in the draft for allocation money and getting the #1 spot in the Allocation Draft? Time will tell, but the kneejerk reaction was, "Wha... what are you doing?"
Making your first pick at #12 one that was rated #80 by Top Drawer Soccer? I'm sure Emmanuel Appiah is a very nice young man who could bring some help to Commerce City, but from a talent level this did not spring much home in the Land of Burgundy.
Fans are not only decked out in burgundy, but our emotions are decked out in burned-gundy (I know, a reach!) and so the knee jerk reaction many will have is saying, "Well, here we go again!" And that takes time to remedy. Not much happened today to spring some hope.
Much hinges on the next few days' moves--not the least of which is, will I purchase season tickets this year? I got a wife, four kids, and two cars to feed. But I also have an appetite for soccer to feed as well.
Does hope spring burgundy for you, #Rapids96 fans? Here's hoping! For me, it's hard to walk away from today feeling like the Rapids addressed major needs to get them out of the Western Conference cellar.