UPDATE 7/26: The Rapids have signed Aigner to a 3.5-year deal. Read more here.
UPDATE: #Rapids96 Director of Communications Ryan Madden confirms that team has been in contact with Stefan Aigner's representatives.— David Schaut (@MSUDenverSports) July 24, 2017
German-based newspaper tz.de is reporting that 1860 Munich winger Stefan Aigner has been linked in a move to the Colorado Rapids. For those of us that don’t speak German, here is Google Translates best rendering of the article, entitled ‘The Future: After the Lions Relegation: Aigner probably off to the MLS’:
The story of 1860 Munich is one of the worst in the organized footballing world today. They were purchased by a Jordanian businessman who failed to invest in the club. The team ended the 2017 relegated from the 2. Bundesliga down to the German 3rd division. However, on June 1, the club failed to pay the registration fee for the upcoming season, and look to be dropped down to the 4th tier instead. As a likely result, any half-decent players are likely fleeing the club as if it were a sinking ship. The club may even be dissolved entirely.
Aigner has played his entire career in Germany, and before this season with Munich was with German first division club Eintract Frankfurt. He has played predominantly as attacking forward, on both the right and left sides. He had 3 goals and an assist this past season. Aigner turns 30 this August.
Aigner could be a valuable addition to a Rapids team in need of a scorer, although it’s been a few years since he was a regular scoring threat - his most prolific season was back in 2014-15, when Aigner had 9 goals. Although he is unlikely to be the catalyst to turn the entire season around for Colorado, he is certainly a quality professional with experience at the highest levels of world football. His addition to the right side might allow the Rapids to move Marlon Hairston back to fullback and Eric Miller across to left back, stabilizing the team. It would also add depth to a Rapids team that has struggled with injuries to its midfielders, with Mohammed Saied, Shkelzen Gashi, and Bismark Adjei-Boateng all missing long stretches this season. Gashi is still out indefinitely with an Achilles tendon injury that has plagued him all season.
We’ll see if this transfer comes to fruition. The Rapids had already been linked with Luis Montes and Michael Carrick, but neither of those deals have come to pass. Stay tuned to see what becomes of this rumor regarding Stefan Aigner.