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Colorado Rapids Pick Up Marc Burch In Re-Entry Draft

A surprisingly busy first round of the Re-Entry draft saw defender Marc Burch head to Colorado.

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Normally, the first round of the Re-Rntry Draft is fairly desolate. Teams are usually keen to wait until the second round of the RED because players are owed their salaries from the previous year if they arrive in the first round. This season, more names than usual were snatched up, and Colorado got in the action by picking up former Seattle Sounders defender Marc Burch.

Burch is primarily a left and center back, and he'll likely be taking the spot in the defensive depth that Diego Calderon (who played the same positions) left open when he departed for LDU Quito. He has a bit of trophy prestige to his name, winning a Supporters' Shield and an Open Cup during his five-year stint with DC United. He was picked in the second round of the Re-Entry Draft by the Sounders in 2012 and played 40 appearances for the Sounders before being placed back in the draft this year.

Unlike last season's pickup in the draft, Eric Avila, it seems likely that Burch will stick around the team through 2014, since they desperately needed decently priced depth (Burch was paid $75,000 last year) at those positions.