WASHINGTON - APRIL 17: Baggio Husidic #9 of Chicago Fire fights for the ball against Andy Najar #14 of D.C. United at RFK Stadium on April 17, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
The Colorado Rapids repeated their gambit from last season's re-entry draft, dodging players in the first round but making selections in the second. Last season it was former Seattle Sounders defender Tyrone Marshall, this season they made two midfield depth selections.
With the 13th overall pick, Colorado selected Chicago Fire midfielder Baggio Husidic. Husidic played 50 games since being drafted in 2009 by the Fire at 20th overall, scoring five goals in that time. He'll join Steward Ceus as the only other 2009 draft pick on Colorado's roster.
Later, they also selected Hunter Freeman from the Houston Dynamo. Freeman is someone that Rapids fans should recognize, as he was originally selected by Colorado in the 2005 SuperDraft and had almost 50 appearances with the pretty good 2005 and 2006 incarnations of the club. He can play both defense and defensive midfield, with the latter being one of the worst positions of depth on the roster last season.
Since the two players were selected in the 2nd round of the re-entry draft, Colorado has the rights to both of them and can negotiate contracts with them rather than having to pay their old salaries. Midfield depth was one of the biggest keys to the offseason for the Rapids, so it looks like the re-entry draft was a success in that regard. With two new midfielders on the roster, this also puts into question whether or not they'll take another one in the Superdraft.
Colorado player Mike Holody was not selected in the draft, so they will be able to get him back if they wish.