It's not much of a surprise to hear it, but according to the NASL's official website we'll be seeing a lot more of Chris Klute come next season. If you'll recall, Klute was only here on loan from the Atlanta Silverbacks until the end of 2012, with an option to stay in 2013.
The Rapids have exercised that option, according to the article on the site:
The Rapids signed Klute to a loan agreement in September – a deal that extended through the end of the 2012 MLS season and included an option for 2013. After a strong overall showing that included helping his team to a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo, the eventual Eastern Conference Champions, the Rapids have elected to exercise the option on Klute for next season.
Klute looked pretty good for a youngster during Colorado's 2-0 win over the Dynamo, and Oscar Pareja reportedly liked having him around. (Of course, that was a win over Houston's backup squad but we take what we can get around here.)
He probably won't be starting for the Rapids any time soon -- as much like the 'next Eddie Pope' as we wish he'll be -- but he should provide solid depth at left back and center back, something that we lacked last season when our options were Scott Palguta and Tyson Wahl. Then again, having a rouge bag of sand to toss on the field might have been better than Wahl and Palguta.
If he has a breakout year filled with performances like the one he had against the Dynamo, he's likely to be bought outright for 2014. A nice, safe move for the Rapids to keep depth good.