Rumor: Could the Rapids trade Omar Cummings for Bobby Burling?

SEATTLE - MAY 22: Goalkeeper Joe Cannon #1 of the San Jose Earthquakes celebrates with Bobby Burling #2 after defeating the Seattle Sounders FC 1-0 on May 22, 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

This trade rumor was originally some fun speculation on twitter yesterday, but it kind of makes sense when you think about it. There's nothing actually behind it via any official sources, but it's still interesting.

Bobby Burling played center back for the Colorado Rapids reserves yesterday during their 2-2 draw against the Houston Dynamo. Burling is an MLS veteran who played with the San Jose Earthquakes most recently before being picked up by the Montreal Impact in the expansion draft. Unfortunately, he and the Impact had a contract disagreement and he remains unsigned though Montreal still has his rights.

The Rapids are in need of talented center back depth right now, and the recently ineffective Omar Cummings could be good trade bait to get Burling out of Montreal and onto the Rapids. Omar has been made less important to the Rapids offense with the sudden emergence of Kamani Hill and the still growing Andre Akpan and Quincy Amarikwa. Plus, with Conor Casey not playing as much any more, the dreams of seeing a 2010-esque remix of the dominant Casey/Cummings front line looks more and more like a pipe dream every day.

It was rumored when he got that contract extension that it was just so that he would be made easier trade bait, so this might not be completely out of line.

Plus, the Impact already have Sanna Nyassi, who played quite well up top with Omar last season so they could try and capture the lightning in a bottle that those two created last season once again. Perhaps the Rapids can throw Scott Palguta (we'll pay you, Montreal) in there as well. My, aren't trade speculations fun?

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