Throughout the 2019 preseason, we'll be checking in from camps in Bradenton and Chula Vista as the Rapids prepare for their season opener on March 2. In this installment, we take a look at the roster that was invited to the first preseason camp in Florida and give an injury update.
The first preseason camp of 2019 offered the Rapids technical staff a chance to take a look at not only the core of the first team, but also the quartet of 2019 MLS SuperDraft picks, a number of Development Academy prospects as well as several other players who were invited to train.
On the international front, midfielder Kellyn Acosta joined up with the club on late last week and is getting up to speed after several weeks in USMNT camp. Defender Keegan Rosenberry remains with the USMNT and should join the Rapids in Chula Vista camp which begins on February 6.
"I am happy to be back with the boys," Acosta said. "Preseason is always tough but I was with the national team, so I had a pre-preseason. I am fit and ready to go. I am just excited to be back."
The first injury update of the season sees three notable names on the list. Forward Kei Kamara and defender Kortne Ford are currently in Colorado rehabbing their respective injuries and are expected to join the team in California, while midfielder Sam Nicholson is with the team in Florida.
Check back on ColoradoRapids.com or the Rapids social media outlets for an updated list of injuries & players who make the trip to Chula Vista for the second preseason camp of 2019.
Current First Team Roster
*See below for injury & international updates
|PLAYER||INJURY||TiMETABLE||DATE OF INJURY|
Calf strain & bone bruise in knee
|6-8 weeks**||Dec. 12, 2018|
|Kei Kamara||Pulmonary contusion||4-6 weeks**||Jan. 16, 2019|
Lumbar spine stress fracture
|2-3 weeks**||Jan. 21, 2019|
**Timetable reflects player's estimated return to full training from date of injury
Invited to Preseason Camp
|Defender||Marcello Borges||2019 MLS SuperDraftee|
|Defender||Jacob Hauser-Ramsey||2019 MLS SuperDraftee|
|Defender||Kofi Opare||Invited to train|
|Midfielder||Robbie Mertz||2019 MLS SuperDraftee|
|Midfielder||Jordan Schweitzer||Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC|
|Forward||Enoch Mushagalusa||Invited to train|