New Colorado Rapids signing Martin Rivero finally arrived in Denver from Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Monday. The midfielder is scheduled to undergo a medical on Tuesday, and will most likely start training with the team on Wednesday.
The signing process proved difficult when parent club Rosario Central were not willing to let the young midfielder go on a permanent transfer. The Rapids finally completed a 2-year loan deal on February 16th. Nonetheless, Rivero is happy to join the Rocky Mountain club and is anxious to start training with the team and beginning a new chapter in his career within Major League Soccer.
Rivero was unable to join the club in Hawaii for the Hawaiian Islands Invitational. The preseason tournament saw the Rapids fall 2-1 to Japanese club Yokohama FC, but finish the tournament with a 1-0 win over A-League side Melbourne Heart. However, the Argentine has been finally cleared to enter the United States after receiving his visa.
Rivero describes himself as a playmaker and it is unclear whether or not he will be in the starting XI when the season starts. At the moment, the Rapids have an abundance of midfielders including Jaime Castrillon, Brian Mullan, Wells Thompson, Tony Cascio and Jamie Smith. Despite being 22 years old, Rivero has made over 50 appearances with Rosario Central since 2008. He has also tallied 5 league goals in his young career.