Most Colorado Rapids fans were shocked to hear the rumors that the club had traded Benny Feilhaber to Sporting Kansas City in exchange for a centerback that has only had two appearances in MLS for a total of 164 minutes. As we learned last year, players take time to adjust to MLS. Sure, we need reinforcements in the back line, but giving up Feilhaber seemed like a mistake for a club that wants to be more attacking and aggressive.
But when the news broke and the details were released, it all made a little more sense.
The Rapids acquired $250K in season-ending injury cap relief, $50K in GAM, a 2nd round draft pick in 2020, an international spot, and a young centerback that can develop down in the Springs. Rwatubyaye has represented his home country of Rwanda at the U-17, U-20, U-23, and senior levels.
“This transaction allows us to accumulate and reallocate significant assets toward younger, dynamic, high potential players who are committed to our club and our project,” said Rapids Executive Vice President & General Manager, Pádraig Smith. “We are pleased to welcome Abdul to Colorado. He is a player with big talent and a lot of upside who we are excited to see develop with us.”
Feilhaber told the Kansas City Star that “the year’s been pretty crazy. I knew it was going to be a process there. ... It didn’t go according to plan and not what I imagined. I’m 34; I don’t know how many more years I’m going to play. I want to be playing on a team that’s competitive and fighting for championships. So I was very excited about the opportunity to come here.”