Rapids Women: Q&A with Head Coach Daniel Clitnovici
The Colorado Rapids Women begin the new season on May 25 looking to improve on their 2012 campaign in the USL Western Conference. In 2012 team notched some highlighted home victories against other MLS franchise rivals the Seattle Sounders Women and Vancouver Whitecaps Women as well as several other opponents.
Chelsea Anderson from the Colorado Rapids Administration caught up with the Colorado Rapids Women Head Coach Daniel Clitnovici and asked him some one-on-one questions about his thoughts on the up and coming W-League Season.
What are you looking forward to most in the 2013 season? I would have to say that I’m really excited to be working with such a dedicated group of players and support staff. I feel that we have assembled a good working group and the club as a whole has a positive buzz around it and it really makes it a pleasure to be involved, the players coming in for the 2013 season are eager to go and so are the staff.
How will last season’s team compare to this season’s team? Last season was our first season so no matter how you look at it we had a very productive season. Finishing ranked number one (1) in North America at the U/20 Level and 4th in the Western Conference exceeded our objectives in a number of ways. Our 2012 squad worked hard and we made some lasting memories. I’m very happy that a large chunk of our U/20’s were able to jump up and promote themselves to the W-Level.
The W-League season in 2013 will have a few more players that we couldn’t get in the inaugural 2012 season due to a number of reasons so I’m really excited about having those players in 2013. Overall it’s tough to compare both squads, but in truth as much as I enjoyed the group in 2012, I think the 2013 squad will be just as fun and now that we are a little more organized on and off the field we should hopefully have an even more positive season.
What are you hoping to improve on team wise this season? Last season we really struggled in the experience department in the W-League and so I think a lot of the players will now have a year under their belt in the W-League as well as adding 3-4 experienced heads within the squad will hopefully give us that cool edge at times which we didn’t have in 2012.
What do you think the strengths of the overall team are this season? I’m really satisfied with how the squad has been assembled this season. It took a lot of work in finding the right players to fill up the right roles in the team but I’m happy to say that we are very solid all over. If I would have to pin point one area where we are stronger in 2013 It would have to be our squad depth. We have a roster where all the players are capable of a starting 11 spot and this will create the necessary inner squad competition that is required to have the players and team improve. It’s a great environment to be in both as a player and a coach.
Who will be your biggest competitors this season? I think that this season will be a real special one because there are a number of new head coaches who will bring in a different style of play and groups of players to their teams, so I’m really focusing on each game as it comes one at a time. I feel that the Pali Blues games as usual will be tough to play at home and on the road. I also think that the Colorado Rush will once again play some good soccer because Erik Bushey (Colorado Rush Head Coach) always puts a great young team out that is organized, hard working and very talented.
The Rapids Women kick off their season on May 25th with the “Derby” Home opener against the Colorado Rush. For more Information about the Colorado Rapids Women please visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/corapidswomen.