The Colorado Rapids Front Office has been busy. After a long stretch in December with no news and few rumors, preseason was getting closer and closer. Then there was a report about the Rapids singing former TFC winger Nicolas Benezet. On Tuesday, he was officially announced. On Wednesday, attacking midfielder Younes Namli was announced as a DP. And on Thursday, the signing of 19-year-old Argentinian Braian Galvan was announced.
Just like that, the Rapids suddenly find themselves in a very good spot as they head to Southern California next week.
“I’m really excited to get the group together. I think this group could be really fun to watch. For the most part, they’re a really unselfish group who work hard for each other and at the end of the day, we’re able to create some really exciting moments last year,” Head Coach Robin Fraser told the Denver Post earlier this week. “And then you add two more players of this quality in Namli and Benezet and you feel like it’s just going to not only make our attack better but make our attack even more diversified than it was last year.”
There is still room for depth on the roster, but with the potential addition of draft pick Jeremy Kelly, there are no glaring gaps left to fill.
When Galvan joins the team in July, there will be six international players on the roster (Benezet, Galvan, Mezquida, Price, Rwatubyaye, Shinyashiki, and Wilson), and the club should have 6-8 slots at the start of this season, so that shouldn’t be an issue.