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Colorado Rapids make moves for 2017 MLS SuperDraft picks

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The team grabs a second and third round draft pick during the half-day trade window.

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There was a half-day trade window open this morning ahead of Tuesday’s Expansion Draft, and the Colorado Rapids ended up with a couple draft picks for the 2017 SuperDraft.

First, we found out that Rapids got a second round draft pick from Atlanta United FC in exchange for one international slot for both 2017 and 2018.

Colorado Rapids President Tim Hinchey said this of the transaction: “We believe this trade provides good value for our club and one that will help us continue to execute our plan for roster development in the offseason.”

Later in the day, it was announced that the Rapids traded defender Joseph Greenspan to Minnesota United FC in exchange for a third round draft pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. Greenspan was drafted in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, though it was known that he would have to also fulfill his duties with the U.S. Navy. He started the 2016 season in San Diego with the Navy, and then rejoined the Rapids on July 4. Greenspan was loaned to both the Colorado Switchbacks and the Charlotte Independence for several games, and finally made his 2016 debut for Colorado in the last minute of the 3-2 win in Houston on October 8. We wish Joe nothing but the best with MNUFC!

Colorado Rapids Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni said that “Joe has been the complete professional during his two years with the Rapids. We respect and admire the commitment he made to serve his country, while also working to chase his dreams. On behalf of everyone at the club, we would like to thank Joe for his contributions on and off the pitch and wish him the best of luck in the future.”

The next logical question is, why are the Rapids collecting draft picks? I originally thought it meant the Rapids must have their eye on someone in the SuperDraft, but there was an interesting idea proposed on the Burgundy Wave Facebook page:

Burgundy Wave Facebook Group

What do you think? Are the Rapids looking to draft someone or holding on to these high draft positions to use as bargaining for a big trade later?