At least one familiar face got picked up by the Colorado Rapids today. University of Denver midfielder Sam Hamilton (6’0”, 185 lbs.) will be joining his college teammate Kort Ford as the Rapids’ first pick in the first round (15th overall). Hamilton was a part of the unbeaten DU squad that went to their first-ever College Cup in 2016, and earned First Team All-Summit League honors. Hamilton didn’t have any goals, but helped the team with nine assists.
If you haven’t seen Hamilton in action, check out some of his highlights:
The Rapids other pick was Syracuse defender Liam Callahan - the second pick of the second round (24th overall). Callahan had to sit out a big part of the off-season with a torn labrum and broken metatarsal in his left arm, but played 19 of the 20 regular season games, starting 18 of them. Callahan (5’9, 160 lbs) plays left wingback at Syracuse in a 3-5-2 formation, and snagged two goals plus an assist in 2016 (one of his goals and his assist were game winners). Syracuse finished the season at 12-4-4, was ranked at the top of the national rankings, and made it to the third round of the NCAA tournament.
I couldn’t find any highlights, but the kid’s got header skills... hopefully he can put them to good use when it comes to scoring goals.
It’s obvious that the Rapids are working on building depth for the future, and these two should make solid additions to the team.
UPDATE: Turns out there was a Callahan highlight reel out there that I missed in my Google search. Thanks, Mark!
What do you think about these picks?