Gary Smith is a very patient and a very open and friendly guy who also has the ruthlessness in him that is needed to succeed in professional sport. He has shown that time and again in molding this team how he wants it. Witness the controversial decison to waive fan favorite Terry Cooke among other moves. Now, he has made a surprising move to trade Ugo Ihemelu who had played in every game he was available for so far this season up until his shock exit Monday.
Take a look at this story on www.mlsnet.com and you will see that there could be another surprising move too before the transfer deadline of September 15.
There is no doubt that the Rapids are looking painfully thin for this weekend's game against Toronto, and perhaps beyond. No Conor Casey, away on US duty, no Pablo Mastroeni (suspension), no Jamie Smith and no Cory Gibbs (both injured and very unlikely to play). From a relatively strong situation with no long-term injuries apart from Colin Clark, the Rapids are facing a squad depth crisis. Watch this space for any developments on that front.