The Dallas Morning News reported that a “source close to the team” confirmed that the Colorado Rapids are getting homegrown midfielder Kellyn Acosta from FC Dallas in exchange for Rapids’ forward Dominique Badji.
Acosta has been with FCD since 2013 and is one of the young rising stars on the USMNT, so what would be in this for Dallas? Well, Acosta had a rough season in 2017 and in early 2018 he had surgery for a sports hernia. After coming back, he started a few games but then seemed to be frustrated when he was subbed out by Oscar Pareja in a match on June 23. He has only started one game since then and has seemed to be replaced by Victor Ulloa after that. Considering that Mauro Diaz asked to leave, it sounds like FCD might have some locker room issues going on.
However, if this is true, the Rapids are giving up the team’s leading scorer and a fan favorite. Badji, 25, has improved each year since he joined the team in 2015, and is 30th in the league for goals. Colorado’s second-highest goal scorer is Joe Mason, who the club just gave back to the Wolves. Unless Giles Barnes is considered to be the replacement for both Badji and Mason, I would be concerned about where goals are going to come from if we get rid of two of our forwards without replacing them.
But I have to say that Acosta would be an exciting addition to the Rapids. If you’ve watched the 22-year-old play for the national team, he’s a stud.
I reached out to the Rapids and they have no comment. I will update the story if I hear anything else.
What do you think? Would this be a good move for the Rapids?