On March 4, the Colorado Rapids signed center back Michael Edwards to a Homegrown contract for two years with a club option for an additional two years. The Rapids first had to acquire Edwards’ Homegrown rights from DC United, which they did in exchange for $75,000 of 2021 General Allocation Money.
Edwards has been in Germany playing with Wolfsburg’s youth teams since 2018 and is a product of the DC United Academy. Edwards has spent time with Wolfsburg’s first team in training, but was unable to crack a matchday squad.
In the club’s press release, General Manager and Executive VP Padraig Smith said that “Michael is a very promising talent who we’ve been monitoring for some time now.” At only 20 years old, Edwards has a high ceiling, which is recognized by the Rapids, as Smith also said, “we believe Michael has the potential to turn into an outstanding defender and are delighted to welcome him to the club.”
Smith described Edwards as, “a powerful and athletic defender with good distribution and who possesses the qualities we need in our center backs.”
Edwards has played with the US U-17 team and made 17 appearances in the Regionalliga Nord, Germany’s fourth division, with Wolfsburg II.
Edwards joins an already deep defensive unit and will add competition to the center back position. The Woodbridge, Virginia, native could also potentially spend time in the USL with Colorado Springs Switchbacks or perhaps provide cover for Kortne Ford, who is returning after two years sidelined with various knee injuries.
The Rapids have made depth and the development of young players a priority in the last two or so years, and the addition of defender Michael Edwards furthers both of these goals.
Welcome to Colorado, Michael!