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  • Writer's pictureRichard Fleming

Galvan the latest face to exit the revolving Rapids door


With Braian Galvan’s departure from the Colorado Rapids (February 9, 2024), the club has now lost 80 per cent of one of its strongest squads in the past decade, continuing a trend of unpicking and rebuilding which continues to baffle and frustrate fans in equal measure.


All that remains of the 20-man squad selected by the since-departed Robin Fraser to face Portland Timbers on Thanksgiving Day of 2021 are Lalas Abubakar, Cole Bassett (and he had a brief spell in Europe post ’21), Jonathan Lewis and Keegan Rosenberry. The Rapids lost to the Timbers that day in the MLS Playoffs, having finished as top seed in the Western Conference for the first time in their history.


Traded or retired, the names no longer pulling on the colors of the Rapids from that November day include Kellyn Acosta, Dominique Badji, Michael Barrios, Steven Beitashour, Braian Galvan, Clint Irwin, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Drew Moor, Younes Namli, Jack Price, Diego Rubio, Andre Shinyashiki, Auston Trusty, Collen Warner, Danny Wilson and William Yarbrough.


It is unfathomable that a club on the cusp could clear out the talent so soon. And not only that, but as results have since shown, the players brought in have simply not been on the same level.


Interestingly, there was a similar clear-out after the previous brush with success in 2016. On that occasion, it would take until a Covid-affected 2020 for the Rapids to return to the postseason, during which they would sack Pablo Mastroeni, hire and fire Anthony Hudson, before settling on Fraser late in 2019. The man charged with working on the latest rebuild is Chris Armas.


Below, find a list of the ins and outs at the Rapids since the end of the 2016 season. *Players may have arrived or departed prior to or during the season under which they are listed.

PLAYERS IN

PLAYERS OUT

2017

2017

Kortne Ford (HG)

Joseph Greenspan

Ricardo Perez (HG)

Sean St. Ledger

Alan Gordon

Marco Pappa

Nana Boateng

Zach Pfeffer

Sam Hamilton

Conor Doyle

Mike Da Fonte

Jermaine Jones

Josh Gatt

Sebastien Le Toux

Mohammed Saeid

Marc Burch

Stefan Aigner

Sam Cronin

Luis Gil

Dillon Powers

 

Kevin Doyle

2018

2018

Giles Barnes

John Berner

Niki Jackson

Bobby Burling

Yannick Boli

Dennis Castillo

Andrew Dykstra

Josh Gatt

Jack McBean

Luis Gil

Deklan Wynne

Alan Gordon

Johan Blomberg

Mohammed Saeid

Kellyn Acosta

Mekeil Williams

Jack Price

Micheal Azira

Danny Wilson

Jared Watts

Tommy Smith

Eric Miller

Sam Vines (HG)

Dominique Badji

Edgar Castillo

Stefan Aigner

Kip Colvey

 

Cole Bassett (HG)

 

Sam Nicholson

 

Joe Mason

 

Enzo Martinez

 

2019

2019

Nicolas Mezquida

Giles Barnes

Kei Kamara

Yannick Boli

Andre Rawls

Caleb Calvert

Clint Irwin

Kip Colvey

Diego Rubio

Mike Da Fonte

Keegan Rosenberry

Andrew Dykstra

Benny Feilhaber

Sam Hamilton

Andre Shinyashiki

Enzo Martinez

Matt Hundley (HG)

Jack McBean

Sam Raben (HG)

Ricardo Perez

Kofi Opare

Zac MacMath

Sebastian Anderson (HG)

Edgar Castillo

Jonathan Lewis

Marlon Hairston

Abdul Rwatubyaye

Shkelzen Gashi

Lalas Abubakar

Benny Feilhaber

 

Nana Boateng

 

Johan Blomberg

 

Dillon Serna

 

Axel Sjoberg

2020

2020

Drew Moor

Deklan Wynne

Nicolas Benezet

Kei Kamara

Jeremy Kelly

Sam Nicholson

Younes Namli

Tommy Smith

Will Vint

Tim Howard

Abraham Rodriguez

Kofi Opare

Braian Galvan

 

William Yarbrough

 

Auston Trusty

 

Collen Warner

 

Steven Beitashour

 

2021

2021

Dominique Badji

Nicolas Benezet

Michael Barrios

Sam Vines

Mark-Anthony Kaye

Niki Jackson

Oliver Larraz (HG)

Abdul Rwatubyaye

Dantouma Toure

Deklan Wynne

Lucas Esteves

 

Darren Yapi (HG)

 

Michael Edwards

 

Philip Mayaka

 

2022

2022

Max Alves

Cole Bassett (loan)

Felipe Guttierez

Kortne Ford

Sam Nicholson

Jeremy Kelly

Bryan Acosta

Younes Namli

Gustavo Vallecilla

Andre Rawls

Gyasi Zardes

Will Vint

Aboubacar Keita

Dominique Badji

Anthony Markanich

Kellyn Acosta

Ralph Priso

Auston Trusty

Jackson Travis (HG)

Andre Shinyashiki

 

Nicolas Mezquida

 

Mark-Anthony Kaye

2023

2023

Kevin Cabral

Gustavo Vallecilla

Calvin Harris

Philip Mayaka

Connor Ronan

Collen Warner

Andreas Maxso

Lucas Esteves

Alex Gersbach

Clint Irwin

Daniel Chacon

Gyasi Zardes

Andrew Gutman

Dantouma Toure

Marko Ilic

Bryan Acosta

Luis Diaz

Anthony Markanich

Danny Leyva

Michael Barrios

Rafael Navarro

Drew Moor

Sidnei Tavares

 

Moise Bombito

 

Cole Bassett


Remi Cabral


2024

2024

Zack Steffen

Andrew Gutman

Miguel Navarro

Miguel Navarro (loan)

Sam Vines

Braian Galvan

Omir Fernandez

Jack Price

Jasper Löffelsend

Danny Wilson

Djordje Mihailovic

Diego Rubio

 

William Yarbrough


Sam Nicholson


Remi Cabral (loan)


Steven Beitashour


Danny Leyva


Max Alves

 

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