Omar Cummings jumps over FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman in 2012. Both players were among a number of offseason transactions for both teams.
Only a few years removed from facing each other in the 2010 MLS Cup Championship game, both the Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas enter 2013 with significant roster changes after both teams failed to make the playoffs last season.
Pareja on roster changes
The teams open the 2013 season on Sat., March 2 at FC Dallas Stadium (6:30 p.m. MT, Altitude TV) with a combined 23 new players.
Colorado's opening day roster includes 13 new players that were not on the team at the end of 2012, having replaced 11 from last year's end-of-season squad. FCD's roster included 10 new faces after cutting ties with 10 players over the offseason.
COLORADO RAPIDS CHANGES:
IN: MF Atiba Harris (12/3/12 - trade from Vancouver); FW Edson Buddle (12/14/12 - trade from LA Galaxy); MF Nathan Sturgis (12/23/12 - trade from Houston); DF Diego Calderón (1/3/12 - signed from LDU Quito); FW Kevin Harbottle (1/17/12 - signed from Universidad Católica); DF DeShorn Brown (1/17/12 - SuperDraft); MF Dillon Powers (1/17/13 - SuperDraft); MF Dillon Serna (1/18/12 - Homegrown); MF Nick LaBrocca (1/22/13 - trade from Chivas USA); FW Charles Eloundou (1/25/13 - weighted lottery); GK Clint Irwin (2/21/13 - free); DF Korey Kindle (2/21/13 - SuperDraft).; FW Danny Mwanga (2/28/13 - trade from Portland).
OUT: FW Conor Casey (11/16/12 - option declined); MF Edu (11/16/12 - option declined); GK Ian Joyce (11/16/12 - option declined); DF Tyrone Marshall (11/16/12 - out of contract); MF Joseph Nane (11/16/12 - option declined); DF Scott Palguta (11/16/12- out of contract); DF Tyson Wahl (11/16/12 - option declined); DF Luis Zapata (11/16/12 - option declined); DF Hunter Freeman (12/3/12 - option declined); FW Omar Cummings (12/23/12 - trade to Houston); MF Jeff Larentowicz (1/16/13 - trade to Chicago).
FC DALLAS CHANGES:
IN: MF Peter Luccin (12/10/12 - free); DF Stephen Keel (12/14/12 - Re-Entry Draft Stage 2); FW Bradlee Baladez (12/19/12 - Homegrown); DF London Woodberry (1/9/13 - Homegrown); GK Raúl Fernández (1/10/13 - free); DF Walker Zimmerman (1/17/13 - SuperDraft); FW Eric Hassli (2/4/13 - trade from Toronto); FW Kenny Cooper (2/4/13 - trade from New York); MF Je-Vaughn Watson (2/19/13 - trade from Houston); DF Michel (2/19/13 - free)
OUT: MF Bryan Leyva (11/7/12 - option declined); MF Bruno Guarda (11/7/12 - option declined); FW Ruben Luna (11/7/12 - option declined); FW Matías Jara (11/7/12 - option declined); GK Kevin Hartman (12/3/12 - out of contract); MF Julian de Guzman (12/3/12 - out of contract); FW Scott Sealy (12/3/12 - option declined); MF Ricardo Villar (1/23/13 - waived); MF James Marcelin (1/23/13 - waived); MF Brek Shea (1/31/13 - transfer to Stoke City).
One of the Dallas offseason acquisitions, Brazilian forward Pipico, was waived last month....Another foriegn pickup, midfielder Peter Lucin, was ruled out for 7-8 months on the eve of the season opener with an ACL injury....Homegrown defender Moises Hernandez has also been loaned out to Saprissa in Costa Rica.