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MLS Ticker: Rapids add Transamerica as kit sponsor; Molino called up to Trinidad & Tobago; and more



The Colorado Rapids have had a tumultuous history with kit sponsors, but the club is finally set to have a company adorn their jersey once again.

The Rapids announced Wednesday that the club has reached a deal with Transamerica that will see the company feature on the team’s jerseys for 2015 and 2016.

“We are truly grateful and excited to announce this new global partnership with Transamerica. Transamerica has wonderful history with an iconic brand that is poised to make a significant impact in our club, our sport, our league and here in Colorado,” said Tim Hinchey, President of the Colorado Rapids Soccer Club.

“As someone who grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, the Transamerica Pyramid is a true landmark and I couldn’t be more delighted to welcome such a company into our family of great partners. This is another historic moment for our club and a great example of where we are heading.”

The Rapids were sponsorless from their inception until May 2014 when the club signed with Ciao Telecom, but the partnership dissolved in October when the Rapids sued the company for failed payments.

Here are some more of Wednesday evening’s news and notes:


Kevin Molino has impressed in his initial foray into MLS action, and now the Orlando City winger has earned himself a call-up to his national team.

Molino has been called up for Trinidad & Tobago’s upcoming friendly against Panama on March 27, which will see the winger miss out on his club’s March 28 matchup with the Montreal Impact.

The 24-year-old could be one of many Orlando City call-ups in the coming weeks as Darwin Cerén, Bryan Róchez, Cyle Larin and Brek Shea could all be called in in the upcoming weeks.


MLS veteran Brandon Barklage is in search of a new home.

The Earthquakes announced Wednesday that the club has parted ways with the 28-year-0ld defender, who made 13 appearances in his lone season with the team.

Prior to joining the Earthquakes, Barklage previously featured for D.C. United and, more prominently, for the New York Red Bulls, for whom he made 45 appearances and scored two goals.


Michael Nanchoff is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after undergoing surgery.

The midfielder underwent sports hernia surgery on Tuesday and is expected to miss four to six weeks of action. After picking up a hip injury in the preseason, Nanchoff experienced discomfort in his hip following the team’s season opener.

Nanchoff’s absence will further test the Timbers’ midfield depth, as Diego Valeri and Will Johnson remain out with injuries as well.


  1. I get that having a jersey sponsor gets your team money but damn do I hate jersey sponsors. I do not want to be a billboard for some corporation or pyramid scheme. I mean look at the Union for example they are sponsored by Bimbo… what female is ever going to buy that jersey? No other sports league in the US does this and it is not like US sports teams aren’t willing to take on corporate sponsors. It just looks tacky. How about a compromise and we put the corporate sponsor on the back of the jersey. Ok… rant over.

    • I think the WNBA has sponsor’s logos on their jerseys and the NFL has done it with practice jerseys. Unfortunately I think at some point in the future you’re going to see corporate logos on NBA, MLB and NFL jerseys. Money will cloud those league’s decision making abilities.

  2. Is it me or do the Timbers seem to have the most injuries, and significant injuries? Seems like every week someone goes down for them.

  3. The maroon jersey is the best because the pyramid looks like it’s in the middle of a bulls-eye! Hopefully that means the Rapids will be the team everyone is shooting for because of sitting in 1st place in the West…rather than the Rapids taking aim at Transamerica for “accidentally forgetting” to pay for their sponsorship like Ciao!

  4. Red Bulls should kick the tires on Barklage given the success he had with the club. Depending on price, could be a nice depth option at outside back.

  5. So awesome for Colorado. Transamerica is who my company uses for our 401k provider. #definedcontribution #diversification #thepathtoprosperity


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