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 invited to the second preseason camp and the upcoming scrimmages in California.
Going back to Cali
☀️ We’re comin for ya SoCal ☀️ pic.twitter.com/YLKTrY9E1U— Colorado Rapids (@ColoradoRapids) February 6, 2019
The Rapids players and technical staff left snowy Colorado for the California sunshine Wednesday afternoon as they kicked off their second preseason camp of 2019 in Chula Vista.
The first team and players invited to train are headquartered at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center. The team has several friendlies before heading back to Denver on February 27, just a few days shy of the 2019 MLS Home Opener (TICKETS).
"Fitness wise there is a lot of work to do," said Hudson. "Getting the endurance work, the minutes in and also strength work I think is something that is going to be a big focus as you'd expect in preseason."
Joining the squad in Chula Vista are Kei Kamara and Kortne Ford who are back with the team despite rehabbing from a pulmonary contusion and calf strain and bone bruise, respectively. Defender Keegan Rosenberry has also linked up with the club for the first time after spending several weeks in the USMNT January camp.
Sam Vines has been added to the injury list as he suffered a quad strain on February 2. The Homegrown will remain in Chula Vista and is estimated to return to full training within two weeks.
Up next will be a scrimmage against Ventura County Fusion of the USL2 division on Saturday, February 9 at 1:00 PM MT that will feature two 30-minute halves.
The previously scheduled scrimmage against the University of San Diego has been cancelled.
Check out the full preseason schedule BY CLICKING HERE.
Current First Team Roster In-Camp
*See below for injury updates
**Training with Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
|PLAYER||INJURY||TiMETABLE||DATE OF INJURY|
|Kortne Ford||Calf strain & bone bruise in knee||6-8 weeks**||Dec. 12, 2018|
|Kei Kamara||Pulmonary contusion||4-6 weeks**||Jan. 16, 2019|
|Sam Nicholson||Lumbar spine stress fracture||2-3 weeks**||Jan. 21, 2019|
|Sam Vines||Quad strain||2 weeks**||Feb. 2, 2019|
**Timetable reflects player's estimated return to full training from date of injury
Invited to Chula Vista Camp
|Defender||Jacob Hauser-Ramsey||2019 MLS SuperDraftee|
|Defender||Kofi Opare||Invited to train|
Released Prior to Chula Vista Camp