Colorado Rapids, Roster Updates

Michael Azira traded to Montreal Impact

The Colorado Rapids have traded midfielder Micheal Azira to the Montreal Impact “in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft,” according to an official announcement made by the club Wednesday afternoon.

The news breaks seven days after the Rapids loaned Azira to USL’s Colorado Springs Switchbacks. The Ugandan native made one appearance for the second division side (started in a 2-0 win against Oklahoma City Energy).

The midfielder never seemed capable of passing Jack Price and Danny Wilson on Colorado’s depth chart at his position. Azira only made five league appearances for the Rapids in the 2018 MLS season, tallying a mere 275 minutes of playing time.

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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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Giles Barnes pens six-month deal with Colorado Rapids [Updated]

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Colorado Rapids have made their first acquisition of the 2018 summer transfer window by signing Jamaican forward Giles Barnes.

An experienced MLS player – with stints at Houston, Vancouver, and Orlando City – Barnes comes to Colorado “on a six-month deal with a club option for 2019 pending receipt of his [International Transfer Certificate].”

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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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