Former Revolution coach Steve Nicol confirmed yesterday he was contacted by the Colorado Rapids for the head coaching position, but called the dealings “disrespectful’’ and “unprofessional’’ after they did not follow through on negotiations.
Rapids general manager Paul Bravo called Nicol to set up an interview in November, but Nicol said he did not hear back from Bravo. The Rapids hired former Revolution midfielder Oscar Pareja to replace Gary Smith last week.
“By not calling back, it’s unprofessional,’’ Nicol said. “It is also disrespectful to me.
“I am interested in coaching again. But I am also happy doing what I’m doing for ESPN [as a studio analyst].’’
Nicol’s contract with the Revolution was not renewed after last season, ending a 10-year run with the team during which he became the second-winningest coach in MLS history.
“A lot of people are calling me to ask why I turned down the Rapids job,’’ Nicol said. “But that is not what happened.’’
The Revolution signed forward Fernando Cardenas and defender John Jairo Lozano, who most recently played for America de Cali, traditionally a power in Colombia.
Both players started their careers with Deportivo Pereira. Cardenas, 23, played on loan to Once Caldas for the Copa Libertadores tournament and Deportes Tolima in 2010 and joined America de Cali last year. He has scored six times in 82 appearances. Lozano, 27, started his career with Deportivo as a central defender in 2003 and moved to America de Cali in 2010.
“These are two players who can come in and contribute straight-away,’’ Revolution general manager Michael Burns said. “We knew coming into the offseason there were a lot of things we needed to accomplish, everything from a new staff to a lot of new players. There is still a lot of work to be done but we feel these [signings] are a start.
“You want to give the team as much time to gel as possible. We could still add a player or two later in the preseason but it is beneficial for the entire team to get new players in as soon as possible.”
The Revolution already lost forward Milton Caraglio, who signed with Rangers in Chile. Burns said the Revolution are still hoping to re-sign Rajko Lekic and Monsef Zerka, plus re-entry draft players Danleigh Borman and Nate Jaqua.
The Revolution will have the No. 3 pick in the MLS draft Thursday.
“This is the highest pick we’ve had in an awful long time,’’ Burns said. “We’re hoping we can find someone who can come in and contribute.’’Frank Dell’Apa can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.