The Colorado Rapids have locked down three players that they hope to be a big part of the club for coming years: Kellyn Acosta, Keegan Rosenberry, and Diego Rubio.
Acosta joined the Rapids last July as part of a deal that sent Dominique Badji to FC Dallas. The midfielder immediately made an impact, scoring a goal in his first game and featuring in 12 matches (all starts). He has 23 USMNT caps. Acosta signed a three-year extension effective immediately, with club options for 2022 and 2023.
Rosenberry came to the Rapids this offseason from the Philadelphia Union. The young rightback doesn’t have his first USMNT cap yet, but was called into January camp by new head coach Gregg Berhalter. Rosenberry’s contract extension begins in 2020 and will take him through the 2022 season.
Diego Rubio came to the Rapids as part of a three-team trade that sent Edgar Castillo to New England in exchange for Kelyn Rowe, then Rowe went to Sporting Kansas City for Rubio. Last season, Rubio played 781 minutes for SKC, scoring 8 goals and 6 assists for an average of 0.92 goals per game (which was only behind Josef Martínez Zlatan Ibrahimović). Rubio’s contract extension begins in 2020 and will go through the 2022 season.
“We targeted these players over the past 12 months and in Kellyn, Keegan and Diego we have players who have a demonstrated track record of production in MLS and who fit our style of play perfectly,” said Rapids Executive Vice President & General Manager, Pádraig Smith. “As they enter their prime we believe they will be key contributors for us in the coming years. These deals demonstrate our club’s commitment to investing in talented young players and building a strong core, and highlight the confidence that these players have in our future.”