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Rapids Transfer Window News: Rapids sign Giles Barnes

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The Colorado Rapids just confirmed that the club has signed Giles Barnes to a contract. Details below.

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The Colorado Rapids have signed former Liga MX player Giles Barnes from Leon today on a six-month deal with a club option for 2019 pending receipt of his ITC, the Colorado Rapids website posted today.

“Giles is an experienced and creative forward who will provide depth for us at the striker position,” said Rapids Executive Vice President and General Manager Padraig Smith. “We look forward to seeing what he can accomplish in the burgundy and blue.”

Barnes had all the right things to say in his first interview as a member of our Colorado Rapids: “I’m very grateful for the opportunity being given to me by the Rapids front office and technical staff.. There’s a lot of quality on this roster and hopefully I can come in and contribute immediately as we kick-off the second half of the season.”

Barnes has a significant amount of experience in MLS, having played for Houston Dynamo, Vancouver Whitecaps, and Orlando City SC prior to his time in Leon, where he only played in three matches in 2017-18, amassing zero goals. Yet, in MLS he tallied 36 goals and 17 assists in 157 MLS games. He is also a regular on the Jamaican national team, most notably scoring the winner against the United States in the semifinal of the 2015 Gold Cup.

This comes on the heels of the departure of Joe Mason who was recalled back to Wolves earlier this week. He now joins strikers Dominique Badji, Yannick Boli, and Jack McBean on a club starving for scoring options.

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