The Colorado Rapids announced this afternoon that they had traded Zac Macmath to the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for attacking midfielder Nicolás Mezquida and $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM). Mezquida, 26, is the Rapids’ first signing this offseason.
The Uruguayan has been with the Whitecaps since 2014. He had 101 appearances (50 starts) with them, earning 12 goals and 4 assists (3 of those goals were in 2018). Before coming to MLS, Mezquida played in his home country for Centro Atlético Fénix in 2012 and went on loan with Rampla Juniors in 2013. Rapids Executive Vice President & General Manager Pádraig Smith said “we are thrilled to welcome Nicolás Mezquida to Colorado. He is a creative and dangerous playmaker who fits well into our playing philosophy of dominating ball possession and pressing high up the pitch.”
MLSSoccer.com calls him a “technically-skilled attacking midfielder, though a player who could never quite lock down consistent minutes in his Whitecaps career.” He is widely considered an aggressive attacker, which could be helpful as Colorado continues to develop a more pressing attack. At the beginning of last season, Mezquida told The Province that he’d rather be a striker.
Zac MacMath, on the other hand, has been nothing but great for the Rapids given the circumstances. He took a backseat the second Tim Howard showed up in 2016, even though he was having a great season. After the summer trade window it came out that he wanted to get traded (and thought he was going to), but he ended up staying with the club. Since then, he has stepped in whenever and however needed and I’ve got nothing but respect for MacMath. While it’s great that he’s going to a team where he can get actual playing time, many of us were hoping that we’d have MacMath after Howard retires at the end of next season.
Perhaps the club is looking into signing a young keeper like Kai Likewise?
Status of #Rapids96 Fmr Academy GKs :— Mark Asher Goodman (@soccer_rabbi) December 9, 2018
Andrew Epstein ('97) - Stanford grad, joined Peace Corp
Kainoa Likewise ('99) - Freshman at Air Force
Trevor Mowry ('00) - Freshman at Cal Poly SLO
Connor Gavigan ('99) - Sophomore at FGCU
Win Ellis ('01) - Rapids U19, High School