After a successful preseason, the Colorado Rapids have signed 22-year-old defender Jeremy Kelly. The Rapids acquired Kelly in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft by making smart moves. Colorado traded their 11th overall pick in the First Round to Nashville SC for $75K in GAM, then when the Montreal Impact chose Kelly as the 9th overall pick, the Rapids sent the $75K in GAM to Montreal for the rights to the leftback.
Pádraig Smith, Colorado Rapids EVP & General Manager said that “Jeremy was our top target going into the draft and his performances in preseason have backed up our decision to make the move for him on draft day. He’s a smart, versatile defender who reads the game well and shows real quality in possession. We look forward to seeing him continue to develop with us.”
Head Coach Robin Fraser told Burgundy Wave that Kelly is a “really talented, really intelligent player” and “is different than most kids that come on from college. He’s done really well for himself and we’re happy to have signed him.”
Kelly has been signed to a one-year contract with a club option to extend and even though he was born in the Czech Republic, he is a U.S. citizen and will not require an international slot.