Shortly after the announcement of defender Michael Edwards, the Rapids announced another Homegrown signing, this time being US U-17 winger Dantouma “Yaya” Toure (dan-TOO-ma TOOR-ay). After acquiring his rights from the New York Red Bulls, Toure joins Colorado on a four-year contract with a club option for two more seasons, and is the fourth Homegrown signing in two days.
Before signing Toure to his contract, the club sent $50,000 of General Allocation Money (GAM) to the New York Red Bulls to acquire his Homegrown rights. If Toure meets certain performance-based thresholds, the Red Bulls will get additional GAM. They also would get a small portion of a transfer fee if Toure is sold to a new club in the future.
Despite being just 16 years old, Toure spent the 2020 season with New York Red Bulls II in the USL Championship. He appeared in 13 matches, scoring three goals and adding three assists. Toure has also represented the US at the U-16 and U-17 levels, including the UEFA Development Tournament in England last February.
Rapids General Manager and Executive VP Padraig Smith described Toure as “powerful and explosive on the ball and has an ability to take on defenders that allows him to be a difference-maker. We believe he has all the qualities necessary to develop into an elite player and are excited to see what the future holds for him.”
The future looks bright for the Rapids, who have added four players under the age of 21 in the last two days. All of which have tremendous potential and Toure perhaps being the one with the highest ceiling.