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Colorado Rapids pick up two forwards in the 3rd and 4th SuperDraft rounds

Jaime Siaj and Peguy Ngatcha are the newest additions to the squad.

Abbie Mood

The Colorado Rapids had the first pick in the 3rd round (45th overall) and the 20th pick in the 4th round (86th overall) today as the SuperDraft wrapped up via teleconference. Last week, the Rapids picked up a midfielder and defender, and this week went with two forwards.

The Rapids traded Joe Greenspan to Minnesota United FC for the first pick in the third round. Jaime Siaj came up through the Real Madrid Academy in Spain, and moved to the United States in 2014 to go to Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. In his three seasons there, he scored 47 goals and had 28 assists in 69 games (68 starts). In 2016 alone, Siaj had 19 goals and 16 assists from 22 games. He played winger for Pfeiffer, leading the team to an undefeated season and a 2015 NCAA Division II Championship, and making it to the third round of the playoffs in 2016.

Their other pick was Peguy Ngatcha is originally from Cameroon. From the age of 16, he came up through the New England Revolution Development Academy, and last summer he played for their inaugural U23 team. He first played for University of Northwestern Ohio, with 15 goals in 20 matches, and then ended his college career at Wright State. At Wright, Ngatcha scored 10 goals and had four assists in his senior year and earned Horizon League Player of Year and Offensive Player of the Year (among other honors) while leading the team to its first-ever regular season title.

Overall, I think the Rapids made some wise decisions in this year’s draft. The picks were more development players than starting players, but it speaks to the FO’s commitment to developing the team long-term.

What do you think about their picks in the 2017 SuperDraft?