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RBNY’s Grella heads to Columbus (through Colorado)

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Mike Grella didn’t get to pick No. 20 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft, but that didn’t stop Columbus from getting their hands on the New York Red Bulls veteran.

Colorado selected Grella with the third overall pick, then sent him to Columbus for a second round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.

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The only other pick was made by Minnesota United, who took Tyrone Mears from Atlanta United.

Grella, 30, is a well-traveled Duke product who has played in England and Denmark. He scored 18 times with 13 assists in 89 matches for the Red Bulls, but missed most of the 2017 season with a pair of knee injuries.

It’s a good gamble for the Crew, and an extra draft pick for 2019. Second-round picks have become long odds to make MLS rosters, with Tommy McNamara and Aaron Long the last impact players to come out of the round. That was in 2014, and both needed changes of scenery before hitting their MLS strides.

Colorado Rapids hire former NZ boss Anthony Hudson

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Anthony Hudson was announced on Wednesday as the new head coach of the Colorado Rapids, replacing Pablo Mastroeni who was fired in August.

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Hudson, who was born in Seattle, Wash., was most recently the head coach of the New Zealand (2014-2017) national team and led the All Whites to the 2018 World Cup intercontinental playoffs, where they were eliminated by Peru.

Prior to coaching New Zealand’s full national and under-23 sides, Hudson, 36, held the same positions for Bahrain from 2013 to 2014. Before delving into the international game, Hudson managed Newport County (then in the Conference national, the fifth tier of England) for a half-season in 2011.

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With very limited experience managing the club game, it will be interesting to see how long it takes Hudson to find his groove in his bid to turn around the third-worst team in MLS last season (33 points from 34 games).

“It’s an exciting moment and a wonderful opportunity,” Hudson said in a release. “From the start, I was impressed by the club’s culture, front office and vision for the future. I believe we share a philosophy, and now it’s just a matter of going out and getting the results that both this club and community deserve.”

Hudson could be coming to Colorado at long last

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Up-and-coming manager Anthony Hudson is up and coming to America.

The 36-year-old British boss has been linked with the Colorado Rapids gig for some time, and the New Zealand Herald is calling the move a “done deal.”

Hudson nearly led New Zealand to the World Cup after a dominant run through Oceania qualifying, which is nothing new, though the Kiwis were unable to pip Peru in the interconfederation playoff.

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It would be a very promising hire for Colorado. Hudson is a meticulous planner and tactician, and quite willing to take risks.

Hudson is Seattle-born and the son of former Chelsea player Alan Hudson, who played several years with Seattle Sounders (indoor and out). Anthony Hudson started his managerial career in the American fourth-tier PDL before moving onto Newport County, Bahrain, and New Zealand.

The Rapids have made the MLS Cup Playoffs just twice in the last six seasons, and won just seven games this season.

MLS: Mihailovic suffered ACL tear, RBNY purchases Murillo contract

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While the play on the field Wednesday night was exciting, there was also plenty of news not pertaining to the matches that transpired.

Following the Chicago Fire’s brutal defeat to the New York Red Bulls in the MLS Cup Playoffs, the club also learned that Homegrown midfielder Djordje Mihailovic will be sidelined for quite some time.

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The 18-year-old suffered an ACL tear to his right knee on Wednesday night during the second half of the Fire’s match. The club confirmed Mihailovic’s injury status on Thursday.

In his first season with the team, Mihailovic appeared in 17 matches for Veljko Paunovic’s side.


The Red Bulls have reportedly finalized the purchase for Panamanian defender Michael Amir Murillo’s contract.

WFAN’s Glenn Crooks reported the news on Wednesday following the Red Bulls’ 4-0 win over the Fire in the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Murillo joined the club this season on loan from San Francisco FC — who plays in Panama’s top flight. Including the playoffs, Murillo has appeared in 18 matches for the Jesse Marsch’s squad, starting in 16 of them and scoring two goals.


Finally, the Colorado Rapids appear close to hiring their next manager.

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Club sporting director Padraig Smith said on Wednesday that the team is “in the final stages” of determining the Rapids’ coach for the 2018 season.

“Well what I can tell you is we’re very close,” Smith told The Vic Lombardi Show. “We’re in the final stages, and I think that’s what we’re very, very excited about right now.

“I think if we take this back, we spoke at the very outset that we were going to conduct the most comprehensive search that this club ever has done, to try to identify not just the right coach but the right person for this club, to bring us forward. There’s no doubt we’ve left no stone unturned here.”

Long-time player, turned manager, Pablo Mastroeni was fired during the 2017 season, with Steve Cooke replacing the former USMNT midfielder for the remainder of the campaign.

Rapids, Ireland forward Doyle retires due to concussions

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Colorado Rapids forward Kevin Doyle says he is retiring because of repeated concussions.

Doyle is from Ireland and has played 16 years in Europe and in Major League Soccer. He released a statement via social media Thursday.

“This year it has been clear to me that heading the ball was becoming problematic and causing me to have repeated headaches,” Doyle wrote (FULL STATEMENT HERE). “Two concussions this season and numerous other over the years have made this more concerning.”

Doyle said after consulting with doctors he decided to retire rather than risk permanent damage.

The 34-year-old has 16 goals and eight assists in 71 matches with the Rapids since joining the team in 2015. Before that he played 10 years in Europe, including stints with the Wolverhampton Wanderers, Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace.

He was also a regular with the Irish national team, making 63 appearances and scoring 14 goals.

“I’m privileged and proud to have fulfilled my childhood dream of playing for my country,” Doyle wrote. “Everything else was a bonus.”

Doyle’s latest concussion came on Sept. 2 against LA Galaxy and he hasn’t played since. He had five goals and four assists in 25 matches this season.

“Kevin is both a terrific player and a terrific person,” said Rapids Interim General Manager Padraig Smith said in a statement. “His contributions on the field have been invaluable, and off-the-field he has been a wonderful influence on the locker room as well as the community as a whole. His efforts will be sorely missed.”

Former MLS standout and current broadcaster Taylor Twellman, who was forced to retire from soccer because of concussions, posted a message to Doyle on Twitter.

The Rapids have struggled this season and were eliminated from playoff contention Wednesday night with a 2-0 loss at Dallas.