Thursday was a busy day in Commerce City as Colorado Rapids pulled the trigger on two separate trades that clears out a disgruntled player from the Rapids roster and adds defensive depth. The transactions in short:
Rapids traded midfielder Marvin Chavez to Chivas USA in exchange for forward Luke Moore who was then dealt to Toronto FC for defender Gale Agbossoumonde.
Looking at these transactions there is a lot that makes sense for the Rapids. In dealing Chavez to Chivas USA, they get rid of a player who seemed frustrated at his lack of playing time so close to the World Cup in which he was hoping to be a part of. Chavez did not do much to distinguish himself in short time here, other than drawing a questionable penalty against New York Red Bulls. Midfield is an area of strength and depth and sending him to another team, which he asked for, is a good thing for the Rapids.
When you look at Agbossoumonde you see a player that is 8 years younger than Chavez and is hungry to continue to prove that he is a quality defender. His playing time was limited in Toronto and is going to be eager to prove his belongs. He has one cap for the USMNT and should slot in well in the back with the likes of veterans Drew Moor, Marvell Wynne, Chris Klute, Marc Burch, Shane O'Neill and Thomas Piermayr.
So the Rapids added depth to an area that needed it and got rid of a player that did not want to be in Burgundy? I call that a win in my books.