The Colorado Rapids announced today that they have loaned goalkeeper John Berner to Charlotte Independence of the USL's Eastern Conference. From the Rapids press release:
"We feel this is a good time for John to get game sharpness following his offseason injury," said Brian Crookham, Rapids Senior Director of Soccer Development. "John is a talented goalkeeper and we look forward to monitoring his progress during his time on loan."
Last season, Berner appeared in 17 matches for the Independence, registering 44 saves and four shutouts, while posting a 6-5-6 record. Berner was named USL Player of the Week in Week 7 following a 1-0 victory over Louisville City FC in which he made six saves.
I am of the belief that a loan is a good thing for players that need the playing time. So from that perspective I am happy that Berner will get time in a familiar place as he continues his rehab from injury.
However, I am worried how much playing time Berner will get in Charlotte. They already have a starting goalkeeper (Cody Mizell) who has done a respectable job this season and the goals he has let in were not his fault. So it will fall to Berner to take a spot from Mizell and prove he is the #1 in The Queen City
And with the loan that means that just Zac MacMath and Chris Froschauer are left on the roster until the arrival of Tim Howard in July.
So what do you think Rapids fans? Are you happy with the move? Let us know in the comment section below!