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Wells Thompson Linked With Move Away From Rapids

Wells Thompson (far right) has reportedly requested a trade to secure first-team minutes.  (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
Wells Thompson (far right) has reportedly requested a trade to secure first-team minutes. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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According to reports from the Denver Post, and MLSsoccer.com, Colorado Rapids midfielder Wells Thompson has reportedly requested a trade in order to secure more first-team soccer. Thompson has played for Colorado since the beginning of the 2010 season in an offseason move which also saw Jeff Larentowicz come to the Rocky Mountain club from the New England Revolution.

Thompson has appeared in 17 matches this season, but has only started in five games. Last season under Gary Smith, the midfielder started 22 of the 31 matches he was involved in. It is understood that Thompson is not in the long-term plans for Rapids head coach, Oscar Pareja.

The club is willing to grant Thompson's wish to seek out a new club and is currently looking at options via a trade. A few months ago, Colorado traded long time defender Kosuke Kimura to the Portland Timbers after the Japanese native also reportedly requested a trade in order to start more games.

Wells Thompson was the No. 5 overall pick for the New England Revolution in the 2007 MLS Draft. Thompson has five goals and four assists in 75 matches for the Colorado Rapids since 2010.