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Marlon Hairston Loaned To Charlotte Independence

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The second year midfielder/defender is heading back to Charlotte.

Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Dang you winning streak!

The Colorado Rapids have won six of nine games to take 18 out of a possible 27 points and have brought themselves back into the conversation for playoff positioning in the Western Conference of Major League Soccer.  But a casualty of this is a lineup that seems pretty set going into the final eight games means that certain players are probably not going to get a whole lot of time.

Cue the loan of Marlon Hairston to Charlotte Independence

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">NEWS: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rapids96?src=hash">#Rapids96</a> loan Marlon Hairston (<a href="https://twitter.com/MARLYG94">@MARLYG94</a>) to <a href="https://twitter.com/CLTIndependence">@CLTIndependence</a> <a href="http://t.co/yLeqUAB8sN">http://t.co/yLeqUAB8sN</a> <a href="http://t.co/R0maRCnr8N">pic.twitter.com/R0maRCnr8N</a></p>&mdash; Colorado Rapids (@ColoradoRapids) <a href="https://twitter.com/ColoradoRapids/status/638810965614530561">September 1, 2015</a></blockquote>

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I am personally sad for this move as I really feel like Hairston should be getting more time going forward and certainly ahead of some of the players who are seeing time.  However, from a pure player development stand point this is a good move for Hairston and the Independence.  Charlotte gets a player who has spent time there and who has contributed this season and as they push for the playoffs his contribution could be key.  And for Hairston he gets minutes which the second year player needs and is the whole point of the USL-MLS partnership.

So what do you think Rapids fans?  Are you bummed to see Hairston go back to Charlotte?  Let us know in the comments below!