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Tim Howard and Shkëlzen Gashi might be available for Saturday

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And in other Colorado Rapids news, Dennis Castillo has been loaned out.

Gashi at practice on March 7, 2017.
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We’ve got some updates!

Tim Howard

Howard wasn’t out at practice with the team yesterday, but Colorado Rapids Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni told reporters that “he’s been training a good 10 days of training, two weeks non-stop. I think once he feels 100 percent good about his body, that’s the most important thing.” Howard also played a simulated 90-minute game on Sunday, and “he got through that pretty well and did some long kicking, so he’s in a good spot right now.”

Mastroeni told us that they were going to have a meeting later in the afternoon to talk about Howard’s progress and whether or not he might be ready for Saturday’s game vs. the New York Red Bulls. Howard himself told Dan Boniface of the Denver Post that “I feel good. I feel like I’m close. Tomorrow is 16 weeks (since surgery), and then I’m going to close that chapter, hopefully.”

Sounds like if Howard has anything to do with it, we’ll see him on the pitch on Saturday.

Shkëlzen Gashi

Gashi, on the other hand, is much more likely to make an appearance. He has been practicing with the team, and Mastroeni said “He’s doing a good job getting in some work without a lot of inflammation,” BUT, “it’s real day-to-day and making sure that we’re not putting too much on him.”

There’s a “good chance” that Gashi will be available, so I think we’ll probably see him as a sub.

Dennis Castillo

A couple of us noticed that Dennis Castillo was listed as “on loan” on the roster yesterday morning, and it turns out he’s heading east to spend some time with the Charlotte Independence. Perhaps it’s because he was the team’s 7th international spot, and they only have six available, or just to give Castillo some more playing experience.