2018 Key Transfers: Colorado Rapids

As the 2018 MLS season closes in, we will run through the key additions and losses for all 23 teams over the course of the winter transfer window. There have been a number of key signings and significant trades which should ensure the new season is as exciting as ever before. Today we look at all Colorado Rapids’ key transfers and what it could mean for them in their 2018 MLS campaign…

Colorado Rapids go into the new MLS Season with a new manager as Anthony Hudson has replaced Pablo Mastroeni permanently after Steve Cooke filled the role in the interim following Mastroeni’s departure in August. Hudson was most recently the head coach for the New Zealand national team, and has also held coaching positions at Tottenham Hotspur and with the Bahrain national team. At 36, he becomes the youngest head coach in Rapids history. His job will be to get the Rapids back to the level they were at in 2016 after a shocking 2017 season. They finished 10th in the Western Conference, scoring just 31 goals.

Key signings

Jack McBean: McBean has been brought in via a trade from LA Galaxy. The 23yearold striker has been on the fringes of the Galaxy team for a few years now and will relish a fresh chance. In return, Galaxy received a conditional fourth-round draft pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. With two goals in 18 appearances last term (10 of those from the bench), McBean will be looking to start more games in Colorado.

Jack Price: The English midfielder has spent the entirety of his career to date with Championship high-flyers Wolves in England. Having fell out of favour with the midlands outfit, Price has crossed the Atlantic. A central midfielder who played as a winger at a young age, Price will be used to operating in a 4-4-2 system and could flourish in an open league like MLS. Having only played five games for Wolves this year he should be fresh and raring to go in time for the start of the 2018 season.

Danny Wilson: Scotland international Wilson has joined from Rangers. As a promising youngster he got a dream move from the Scottish giants to Liverpool in the Premier League. But after spending three years with them and only playing two games for the Reds he moved back north. Most recently, he has had three successful years back at Rangers winning the Scottish Championship in the 2015-16 season.

Andrew Dykstra: He will be a backup to USMNT keeper, Tim Howard but nonetheless, he will be a solid option. Formally of DC and Chicago Fire, Dykstra spent last season with Sporting Kansas City, and also went on loan to Swope Park Rangers – the recently formed SKC affiliate. SKC received a second-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft in return.

Notable Departures 

Joshua Gatt: Josh Gatt is a quick winger whose career has somehow drifted of course. Once a prodigy lighting up the Norwegian top tier playing under Ole Gunner Solskjær. Gatt has left after only 15 appearances for the Rapids, following an early season trade from Minnesota United. With only the single goal for the Rapids in a frustrating season, there’s no surprise why he has been let go.

Mohammed Saeid: Saeid is the former Columbus Crew midfielder who was part of the trade that saw Gatt join the Rapids from Minnesota. And much like Gatt, Saeid was disappointing and has been let go. Playing 29 games and also chipping in with just the solitary goal last term, Saeid has joined Lyngby BK after they snapped him up in December – a Danish Superliga side that finished in a respectable third last season.

Alan Gordon: The powerful striker has parted ways with the Rapids after just one season in which seems to be a theme after such a disappointing 2017 campaign for the club. The two-time MLS Cup winner played 26 times last season, scoring three. Seen as merely a good option for the bench these days, it will be a shame if he isn’t picked up by another MLS side but at 36 years old, retirement is by no means out of the question.

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Bobby Burling: The defender is out of contract with the Rapids and it seems as though it will stay that way. Former Chivas USA and San Jose Earthquakes defender Burling would still be a good squad player for any MLS side. But at 33, doubts remain over his fitness, having spent periods of last season out on the sidelines.

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MLS News Roundup: December 10

It’s been another busy day for clubs across Major League Soccer. The 2014 Expansion Draft saw New York City FC and Orlando City draft ten players each ahead of their debut campaigns in MLS, while there was also a MLS Waiver Draft. The trade window then reopened and will stay open until tomorrow evening.

To summarise all of today’s top stories we’ve rounded up the key moves and developments in one place here:

1. New York City and Orlando City bulk up squad ahead of debut season

The 2014 MLS Expansion Draft was the most interesting event of the day and one that New York City and Orlando have had in their diaries for a long time. It was over in a flash as both expansion franchises picked ten players each to give their first ever MLS squads a true identity.

All the expansion draft results can be found here.

2. Nigel Reo-Coker moves to Montreal Impact in one of just three Waiver Draft picks

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The MLS Waiver Draft followed the Expansion Draft as all 20 teams had the opportunity to select one of 58 players on the waiver wire. But only three teams took advantage of the opportunity as three former Chivas USA players were picked up. Nigel Reo-Coker moved to Montreal Impact with the first pick, with Leandro Barrera and Bobby Burling moving to San Jose Earthquakes and Colorado Rapids respectively.

3. Jamison Olave leaves New York Red Bulls to rejoin Real Salt Lake in trade

Real Salt Lake re-acquired powerful centre-back Jamison Olave from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for allocation money today. The 33-year-old, who won MLS Defender of the Year while with RSL in 2010, made over 50 appearances for the Red Bulls in two seasons. Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh revealed he was traded for salary cap reasons.

4. Daniel Lovitz traded back to Toronto FC despite New York City Expansion Draft selection

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Daniel Lovitz has had a busy day. The 23-year-old midfielder was picked by New York City in the fourth round of the MLS Expansion Draft on Wednesday. Though he was immediately traded back to Toronto FC in return for allocation money. Lovitz was selected in the second round of the SuperDraft last year and made 18 appearances in his debut season.

5. Eric Gehrig on the move twice as he lands move back to hometown Chicago

Eric Gehrig was another player who had an overly active day on the move. The defender left the Columbus Crew as he was selected by Orlando City in the tenth round of the Expansion Draft. But he was promptly traded to the Chicago Fire in exchange for a 2016 SuperDraft second round pick. The 26-year-old made 46 appearances in four seasons with the Crew.