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#SJvCOL Takeaways: And the grass grew

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Sure, the game was dull, but seeing four homegrown players play for our Rapids gives some hope for the future.

MLS: Colorado Rapids at San Jose Earthquakes Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

One fan described the match between the San Jose Earthquakes and the Colorado Rapids this way:

“... and the grass grew.” Sigh! Even so, we have some takeaways. Let’s get started:

  1. Four homegrowns played. Cole Bassett, Kortne Ford, Dillon Serna, Sam Vines. Another local guy, Sam Hamilton, was also a part of the 18 but didn’t make it on the pitch. The Colorado Rapids used Sunday’s game vs. San Jose to put these young men on the pitch and give fans a glimpse of the future. The question that is on many-a supporter’s mind is, “Why haven’t we seen some of these men before?” Good question! Hopefully, we’ll see more of them in the future.
  2. A strange mix of players indeed. With so many on the 2018 roster playing for their livelihoods, I’m sure some were a bit concerned about not having another opportunity to make their case to play. Given the disaster of the season, at least when it comes to the position in the standings, most know they will not be back next year. Plus, the concern of Edgar Castillo not being with the club next year makes it all the more imperative to see the young guys. Again, why did the club wait until so late to see these young players that could be and likely will be a part of our future?
  3. Evaluating the Rapids Developmental Academy. One hears a great deal about the DA and how many other promising players are in the pipeline. We certainly hope so. The Front Office’s spotty record in signing players to make the Rapids competitive in 2018 makes us suspect entering 2019. The turnover from 2017 to 2018 was gargantuan—and 2018 to 2019 looks to be on a similar track.
  4. Will Colorado Springs Switchbacks be the Rapids’ new USL affiliate? One would hope so. It would make sense to have easier access in evaluating players at a club a scant 76 miles away. It’s a win-win for all concerned. (Although one wonders how Switchbacks supporters will feel about this, for they seemed to take pride in their own identity. Jason? Calling @AndJasonSez!)
  5. The Rapids close their season out against FC Dallas (Sunday at 2:30 pm) on Fan Appreciation Day. Not one Rapids supporter could ever say that this season was a good one. But the players that put on the burgundy shirt kept at it all year long. Let’s go out and appreciate the effort on the pitch and reserve our angst for elsewhere (specifically, the sideline and the front office).

So, we come to the finish line of the 2018 campaign. We will soon find out if the Rapids philosophy will continue, or if another shift takes place.

(Man! This is exhausting! We need some hope!)