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Rapids sign 19-year-old Argentinian winger Braian Galván

He will join the Rapids this summer, if not sooner.

Independiente v Colon - Superliga 2018/19
Braian Galván (left) and Juan Sanchez Mino of Independiente battle for the ball during a match between Independiente and Colon as part of Superliga 2018/19 at Estadio Libertadores de America on September 15, 2018 in Avellaneda, Argentina.
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In their third player announcement in as many days, the Colorado Rapids have signed Argentinian Braian (“Brian”) Galvan. Galvan made his professional debut at the age of 17 and will be joining the Rapids on July 7th after his current contract with Club Atlético Colón expires in June.

According to Uno Santa Fe in Argentina, the club is making a huge mistake by letting their “joyita” (little jewel) go for very little money. The Rapids FO offered a transfer fee to get the winger now, but Colón turned it down. The club is still in talks to get Galvan to Colorado sooner than this summer, which would make him a Young DP. (If he comes in July, he would not be considered a Young DP because there is no transfer fee involved.)

Galvan trained with the U-20 Argentina Men’s National Team in Russia during the 2018 World Cup and trained against the senior team, including the one-and-only Lionel Messi. Galvan can play right wing or attacking mid, though we can expect to see him fighting for a winger role in Colorado.

Pádraig Smith, Colorado Rapids Executive Vice President and General Manager, said that “Braian is a highly touted prospect whose development we’ve been monitoring for some time now. He’s a fast, skillful and talented player who has already made his professional debut and has been a part of the Argentine youth national team system. We see great potential in him and couldn’t be more thrilled to have him join our club.”

He will occupy an international roster spot pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa. Jake Shapiro also tweeted that it’s a 3-year deal with a club option for 2023.

The Rapids have also announced the signing of left winger Nicolas Benezet and attacking midfielder and DP Younes Namli this week.