Rapids Shed Five Players, Sign Brazilian

On Monday, the Colorado Rapids announced the signing of Brazilian midfielder Rafael Gomes for the 2008 season. Gomes, 27, most recently played for Clube Desportive Santa Clara of the Liga de Honra (2nd-tier) in Portugal. Prior to that, he played in his home country for the likes of Vasco de Gama, Bragantino, Olaria, and Atletico Mineiro."We welcome Rafael to the team with open arms," said head coach Fernando Clavijo. "His experience playing in one of the top South American leagues and in Europe will add depth to our midfield."

In order to make room for Gomes and become compliant with the salary cap and MLS roster restrictions, the Rapids chose to not offer contracts to midfielder Daniel Antunez and foward Kevin Forrest. In addition, the club waived defenders Chase Hilgenbrinck, Brandon Prideaux and Cliff Wilmes, as well as midfielders Scott Campbell and Jose Cancela.

1 comment:

tolstoy said...

Do you know if the rapids have retained rookie GK Mike Graczyk from UNM?