COMMERCE CITY, CO - JANUARY 05: Oscar Pareja is introduced as the new head coach of the Colorado Rapids during a press conference at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on January 5, 2012 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
In perhaps a sign of what's to come, the Colorado Rapids picked up a chunk of allocation money - as per usual, the figure is undisclosed - from the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for Colorado's 2nd round draft pick in 2014 and an International roster spot for the next three years.
With plenty of open International roster spots currently with Miguel Comminges and Danny Earls now off the team - along with Caleb Folan possibly getting residency soon - the Rapids were certainly able to give up. The Rapids now only have six such slots available on the team, which are currently being filled by Folan, Jamie Smith and Josh Janniere. Japanese international Kohei Yamada is expected to take the fourth one assuming he'll make the final roster.
Oscar Pareja worked hard in Dallas to get an American youth system in place with some South American flair. It looks like the same system is going to come to Colorado given time, and now they've got a chunk of money to help with it.