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Colorado Rapids Trade Atiba Harris To San Jose Earthquakes For Marvin Chavez

Marvin Chavez is the target for the Rapids as they off-load one of their three five-goal scorers from last season to the Quakes.

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Atiba Harris was one of the more divisive figures on the Rapids last season. He scored a few big goals early in the season and seemed to be one of Oscar Pareja's favorite players to keep on the field, but his production took a fast and furious tailspin around the midpoint of the season and he had several awful performances, one of which came in the playoff match against the Seattle Sounders.

As reported by a few sources, including SB Nation's own Quake, Rattle & Goal, the midfielder/forward will not be returning to the Rapids next year, as they have traded him to the San Jose Earthquakes for midfielder Martin Chavez. The story was quickly confirmed by the Rapids themselves.

Chavez, a speedster from Honduras, had a public clash with the Quakes over playing time last season, and only ended up scoring a single goal and assist after a fruitful 2012 season. His salary won't be much of an increase from Harris', which will keep the Rapids out of trouble with the cap as they try to work their 2014 roster together. Chavez will be an interesting prospect for the starting forward line next year, since he fits into the speed-based attack that the Rapids put together last year than Harris ever did.

Of course, we're still not sure if we'll be running the same offense next year, but that's another story.