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Where are they now? 2014-2018 edition

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A look at past Rapids players and what they’re up to now.

John Babiak, @Photog_JohnB

In case you missed it, you can read Part 1 of this here.

In the last part of this series, we took a look at the cast of the Colorado Rapids from 2010 to roughly 2014. Next, we’ll take a look at the players since then. In this case, I have put nearly every player to have played with the Rapids over these roster years, as they are probably fresher in the mind of the fanbase.

  • Marc Burch
  • Years Active: 2013-2017

One of the more recent trades, Marc Burch was an absolute rock for the team in 2016, playing right back in the best defense the Rapids ever had. He was part of the trade with Sam Cronin in early 2017, which many fans still see as a sign of when the team lost its 2016 luster. The other side of the trade brought Mohammed Saeid and Josh Gatt to the team, neither of whom are with us anymore. Since then, he has been playing with Minnesota United, but has also been dealing with injuries which have prevented him seeing the pitch much.

  • Jared Watts
  • Years Active: 2014-2018

The story of Watts is really two-sided. Fully admitting my bias here, but I really started following the team in 2016, which is when Watts really came into his own. We got him in 2013 via the Superdraft, and in the first few years we played him, he was kinda awful. But in 2016, he was a part of that stonewall defense. In 2018 we traded him to Houston Dynamo, where he continues to play. He has gotten a few appearances with the team, but has also been on loan with their USL affiliates Rio Grande Valley FC. I’m going to be happy every time I see him though, because the handful of times I’ve talked to him, he always seems like such a great guy.

  • Sam Cronin
  • Years Active: 2015-2017

Sam Cronin was another rock for the team. We acquired him from San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for some allocation money in 2015. He quickly fit into the team very well and was a member of the 2015 MLS All-Star game, which took place at our own stadium. He also became the Rapid’s captain, which he until he went to Minnesota with Burch in 2017. He is still with MNUFC, but has been dealing with concussion symptoms and neck issues since the end of last season and hasn’t been playing. Cronin still has a home in Denver.

  • Bobby Burling
  • Years Active: 2015-2017

Bobby Burling was another of the players we got from Chivas after they disbanded. Coming in during the 2015, Bobby Burling was also part of the 2016 squad as a part of the Rapids’ best-ever defense. Though he was never a true starter, he was a reliable bench player. His contract was not picked up after the end of the 2017 season, but he is still around the Denver area, occasionally working with the Rapids FO as a radio voice. His first child was also born late last year.

Bobby, if you ever read this, you are always welcome to come hang out with us at the C38 tailgate!

  • Kevin Doyle
  • Years Active: 2015-2017

Doyle is famous for being only the third-ever DP for the Rapids. His signing was announced in March of 2015, and he joined the Burgundy Boys that May, where he would be a mainstay along with Dominique Badji up at the top. Sadly, his playing career was ended prematurely, as in 2017 he was suffering from ongoing concussion issues. After retiring with the Rapids, he has signed on to be an advisor for the Wexford F.C. U-20 team, the same team he had spent time with in his academy days.

  • Luis Solignac
  • Years Active: 2015-2016

Luis ‘Lucho’ Solignac originally came to the Rapids from Nueva Chicago, an Argentine club. He played regularly throughout his time here. We traded him to Chicago in 2016 for allocation money, where he continues to be a mainstay with the team.

  • Sean St. Ledger
  • Years Active: 2015-2016

Sean St. Ledger wasn’t a long-term player for the Rapids. In fact, his Wikipedia article doesn’t even mention his time with us. As a player, he had some unfortunate luck with injuries, so didn’t make a huge impact with the team. He is now at Guiseley A.F.C., a club in the 6th tier of the English football system.

  • Joseph Greenspan
  • Years Active: 2015-2016

Okay, I know that Joseph Greenspan was a blip in the radar for the Rapids. But I’ll admit, I’ve got a soft spot for the dude. He was the first player I ever got to talk to, and he was an extremely friendly guy. He was traded to Minnesota United in 2016, but loaned out to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. He signed with Pittsburgh full-time after the 2017 season, when his contract expired through MNUFC.

  • Eric Miller
  • Years Active: 2016-2018

Got to start with this… Eric Miller is one of my favorite players to ever wear burgundy. I’ve had the pleasure of talking to him several times, including interviews at the C38 tailgate. He always has a smile on his face, and was very friendly to any fan he talked to. We traded him away this year, along with $50,000 in GAM for Sam Nicholson and an international roster spot. As sad as I was to see Eric go, I know that he belongs in Minnesota. His family is there and he wants to play in the state he grew up in. He still plays with MNUFC, and is also happily engaged to his long-time girlfriend, Kassey Kallman.

  • Mekeil Williams
  • Years Active: 2016-2017

Mekeil Williams was one of the many international players we have had who is a regular on his national team as well. He was signed at the start of 2016 from the Guatemalan team Antigua GFC. He played two years with the Rapids largely as a bench player, though saw a lot of starts in 2017. His contract was not picked up after 2017, and he signed with the USL team Richmond Kickers.

  • Jermaine Jones
  • Years Active: 2016

JJ is another of the many players who I was really excited to see in 2016. To me, Jermaine Jones was always ego incarnate, and after finishing the 2016 season he pretty much immediately turned around and talked about how excited he was to get out of there. Not exactly a shining example of a player to wear burgundy. In 2017, he played for LA Galaxy, and since then he has made a single appearance for Ventura County Fusion... a team in the Premier Development League. You know, the league that is even below USL? Yeah, weird. He also is the head coach of the Real So Cal U-19 academy.

  • Alan Gordon
  • Years Active: 2017

To borrow a phrase that I’ve heard from around MLS, teams should all have FOAG: Fear of Alan Gordon. Another one of the true journeymen of MLS, he has played with Portland Timbers, LA Galaxy, Chivas USA, Toronto FC, San Jose Earthquakes, LA Galaxy again, the Colorado Rapids, and is now playing with Chicago Fire. He has made 19 appearances with the Fire so far and has scored 4 goals. Knowing him, he will probably play for another club or two before he’s done!

  • Josh Gatt
  • Years Active: 2017

I’m going to stop right now, and focus on something before I get to Gatt. If you can, please go to his gofundme and support him and his wife. She is currently battling cancer, and this sadly came at a time when he was not playing with a team.

Gatt was one of my favorite players from last year. He came to us via the infamous trade with MNUFC in early 2017, along with the next player on this list. He was always a spark of energy on the team, even if he didn’t manage to produce as much as we had hoped. My favorite memory of him will always be when he scored the goal against RSL late last year, and went right up to the away team’s fanbase and rode the corner flag like a bucking bronco. That was kind of amazing. The Rapids did not renew his contract after the 2017 season ended, and after a few months of uncertainty (including just one game for Detroit City FC), ended up signing back on with Rheindorf Altach, a club he played with in 2010. They play in the top flight of the Austrian Bundesliga.

  • Mohammed Saeid
  • Years Active: 2017

Mo was a rock when he came to this team in 2017. He played in nearly every game last year and was a solid player in the midfield. Sadly, we did not renew his contract after last year, as he wanted to go back to Europe. He signed with Lyngby Boldklub in the Danish Superliga (1st division), then transferred to IK Sirius in the Allsvenskan (Swedish 1st division). He has a deal to play there until 2021.

  • Stefan Aigner
  • Years Active: 2017-2018

One of the all-time biggest disappointments for the Rapids—not due to his lack of skill or talent, but rather due to his lack of minutes on the field. We may never get the full picture of what happened between Aigner and Hudson, but his contract was waived earlier this year. Aigner headed back home to Germany, where he is now playing with KFC Uerdingen 05, a team in the 3rd division of the Bundesliga.