May 19, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada; Montreal Impact defender Tyson Wahl (5) kicks the ball during the first half of the game against the New York Red Bulls at the Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-US PRESSWIRE
There's been a lot of clamoring in recent weeks because of the lack of depth on the defense. After Kosuke Kimura was traded, it looked like we might be stuck on Palguta Level Four for the rest of the season. Fortunately, the Rapids had been saying that they were indeed looking for some extra numbers in the back and now they have at least one more.
The Rapids announced on Friday that they had acquired Tyson Wahl from the Montreal Impact in a trade that sent a 2014 International slot to the Impact. Wahl is a veteran of MLS with over 80 appearances under his belt for the Kansas City Wizards, Seattle Sounders and Montreal. He's American as well, which keeps the roster flexible as they don't have to waste another international spot on depth.
From the Rapids press release:
"Tyson is a natural left-footed defender with good skill and size," said Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo. "We’re excited to be able to add such an experienced player without compromising our roster flexibility as we move into the second half of the season."
And to answer your question, yes, he can play center back. (Cue the Hallelujah chorus.)