Colorado Rapids sign Hunter Freeman

HOUSTON - APRIL 17: Hunter Freeman #21 of the Houston Dynamo celebrates his goal the in 86th minute against the New England Revolution at Robertson Stadium on April 17, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 1-0. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Former first round MLS SuperDraft pick Hunter Freeman has finally been signed by the Colorado Rapids after they selected him in this year's re-entry draft from the Houston Dynamo. Rapids fans will be familiar with the name even if you haven't followed his career recently, since he spent two years with Colorado at the start of his MLS career.

Freeman is a versatile defender who play on the left or right and can also play in the midfield if he needs to do so, the type of player that's always useful for depth. Considering depth is the biggest issue for this squad it's hard to see how picking him up could be a bad move.

This is technically the first move of the new Oscar Pareja era and the first actual player signing since the end of the 2011 season, though not a surprising one since he was already on the team from the draft. Freeman is also the second defensive signing in a row for the Rapids, with Miguel Comminges being the last player added. Former Chicago Fire player Baggio Husidic was also selected in the re-entry draft, but will not be signing as he opted out of any contract negotiations.

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