Colorado Rapids, Transfer Rumors

Source: Rapids interested in Norwegian youth international Sander Svendsen

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The Colorado Rapids are attempting to sign Norwegian youth international striker Sander Svendsen on loan from Hammarby IF, a source close to Svendsen’s agent told Rapids Republic Wednesday morning.

Representatives from Colorado apparently have been in contact with the forward’s agent this week regarding a loan deal that would secure more playing time for Svendsen, who was once heralded as one “of the best young talents in world football.”

Svendsen – supposedly “keen on a move to MLS” – is expected to see less of the field following Hammarby’s successful acquisition of Montenegro International Vladimir Rodic. Fotboll Direkt first reported Monday that Hammarby was seeking to loan Svendsen to a team in MLS if the club was able to sign the Montenegrin attacker.

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Report: Colorado finalizing deal to acquire Edgar Castillo permanently

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The Colorado Rapids are in “advanced talks” to acquire left fullback Edgar Castillo from C.F. Monterrey on a permanent basis, according to a deadline-day report authored by John Rojas at Diario AS. Castillo – who has made twenty-two appearances for the Rapids after joining the club on loan from Los Rayados – would be rewarded with a multi-year contract if the deal is completed.

The news follows a 2-1 victory against the L.A. Galaxy, a game where the Mexican-American assisted the match-winning goal in front of a raucous crowd that included the defender’s agent, Chris Barbosa (Fútbol Marketing Group). Attacking contributions are not uncommon for the fullback, as Castillo has recorded two goals and three assists on the season, despite occupying a primarily-defensive role.

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Sources: F.C. Dallas deals Kellyn Acosta to Colorado Rapids [Updated]

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The Dallas Morning News reported Sunday morning that F.C. Dallas “is trading homegrown midfielder Kellyn Acosta to the Colorado Rapids.” Hours later, The Athletic independently confirmed that Acosta officially joined the Rapids Sunday afternoon and will be introduced to the media Monday.

In exchange, Colorado Rapids would give up striker Dominique Badji, an international slot for 2018 and 2019, and a portion of the transfer fee should Acosta ever be transferred outside of MLS.

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Malmö FF beats Colorado to Gall signing

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Rapids transfer target Romain Gall signed a four-year contract with Malmö FF, the Swedish club announced Wednesday.

According to reports out of Swedish newspaper Expressen, GIF Sundsvall parted with the American midfielder for a transfer fee close to 5,000,000 SEK ($564,025 USD).

Multiple clubs were competing to sign Gall, including Colorado Rapids, as well as AIK and Hammarby IF.

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Rapids transfer target Gall breaks silence on rumors [Updated]

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GIF Sundsvall attacking midfielder and Rapids transfer target Romain Gall spoke to local newspaper Sundsvalls Tidning Sunday about the speculation surrounding his future at the Swedish club.

“I know what I can do and how hard I’ve been training through the years. I knew I had the quality, so it was just about timing and self-confidence. I know what kind of player I am so this is only payment for all that hard work,” Gall explained.

The American attacking midfielder – with playing experience in the United States, France, and Sweden – has been linked to a wide range of clubs, including Swedish mainstays Malmo FF, Hammarby IF, and AIK, as well as the Colorado Rapids.

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Rapids competing with Malmö FF for Romain Gall’s signature

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If reports out of Swedish newspaper Expressen are to be believed, the Colorado Rapids have a tough hill to climb if they desire to bring Romain Gall to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park this transfer window.

Malmö FF – winners of Allveskan in four out of the last five seasons – are keen on signing Gall to fill the void left by Mattias Svanberg’s departure. Svanberg recently transferred from the Swedish giants to Bologna in Italy’s Serie A.

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Giles Barnes Released by Club León

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Colorado Rapids transfer target Giles Barnes has been released from his contract with Liga MX’s Club León, according to ESPN’s Eric Gomez. Barnes never appeared in a league match for Los Panzas Verdes and failed to score in his three appearances in Copa MX.

The Rapids are rumored to be in deep negotiations with the thirty year old attacker and there are rumblings in the Colorado community that a deal is close to materializing.

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