The Colorado Rapids off-season makeover continued on Wednesday as the Burgundy Boys selected Chivas USA defender Bobby Burling in the Major League Soccer waiver draft. Burling comes to the Rapids after spending the last three season with the Goats in Carson where he was a regular fixture along their back line.
This is a pretty significant move for the Rapids as they work to shore up their leaky defense that was dead last in MLS in goals allowed. Earlier in the week the Rapids made a trade to bring in defender Michael Harrington from Portland Timbers and coupled with the Burling selection, the Rapids have begun to address one of their significant problem areas. Going into the 2015 season, their will already be a significant upgrade in veteran presence in the back line to go along with returning players Shane O'Neill, Drew Moor, Chris Klute, Marc Burch, and (gulp) Zat Knight.
So what do we know about Burling? He has had stints with San Jose Earthquakes and the Goats in his 9 year career, but more importantly is his size. Burling is 6 foot 4 which makes him taller than everyone on the back line (save for Knight) and this is important because the Rapids suffered from a lack of height on set pieces and balls played into the box. He selection should also mean less time for players like Jared Watts along the back four because of the increased depth he brings. He also has ties to Colorado as he played for the now defunct Colorado Springs Blizzard (PDL) in 2004.
So what do you think of the Burling move Rapids fans? Do you feel better about the Rapids back-line going into 2015? Let us know your thoughts below!