One piece at a time, the 2018 roster is coming together. Colorado Rapids announced today that they had acquired former LA Galaxy homegrown Jack McBean in exchange for a conditional fourth round pick in the 2019 MLS Superdraft.
McBean, a striker, tallied 2 goals in 2017 for Los Angeles in 715 minutes of play. Both goals came against the Rapids on June 21 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The almost 23 year-old (his birthday is tomorrow, December 15, so happy birthday Jack!) is a native of Newport Beach, California. He signed with the Galaxy at the age of 16, becoming the youngest player in club history to sign a contract, to start a game, and to score a goal, all of which came in his first ever MLS match in 2011. Since then, he’s played primarily for LA’s USL team, LA Galaxy II. McBean also spent some of the 2016 season on loan to English League One side Coventry City, where he played in two matches.
The Galaxy elected not to pick up the option on McBeans contract, which made him eligible for the 2017 Re-Entry Draft. That takes place Friday, December 15. In stage one, MLS teams take select a player must exercise the contract option of their previous club. In stage 2, which takes place on December 21, teams may negotiate new terms with the players they select.
The move to work out a trade with LA the day before the re-entry draft serves dual purposes. First, it ensured that the Rapids, who pick third, got McBean. It was possible that DC United could have grabbed him with the second pick. Second, it allows the Rapids to now use that first pick on another player in the draft. A number of quality players are available, including Matias Laba, David Ousted, and Jose Villarreal, as well as others. So perhaps the Rapids bargain-bin shopping spree isn’t yet finished for this week .