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In one week, Colorado Rapids announce 2 assistant coaches, 4 new signings, and 2 contract extensions

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It’s been a busy week for the Colorado Rapids — and a lot to keep track of. If you missed any of the announcements, we’ve rounded up all the news here:

Wolde Harris had a 14-year professional career that included playing for the Colorado Foxes in 1996 and the Rapids from 1997-1999. (Current Rapids head coach Robin Fraser played for the Foxes from 1990-1995 and the Rapids from 2001-2003.) The Kingston, Jamaica native, had 28 international appearances and scored seven goals for his country’s national team.

Chris Little’s focus will be on developing and integrating young players from the Rapids Academy into the first team. He joined the Seattle Sounders FC Academy in 2017 and was head coach of the Tacoma Defiance from 2019-2020 before coming to Colorado.

The Colorado Rapids continue their commitment to developing academy talent with the signing of 16-year-old Green Valley Ranch native Darren Yapi. He has agreed to a five-year Homegrown Player contract with a club option for an additional year.

At 16 years and 104 days old, the forward becomes the youngest player to ever sign a pro contract with the Rapids, an honor that was previously held by Sebastian Anderson.

The Colorado Rapids have signed 19-year-old Denver native Oliver Larraz to a two-year contract with a club option for two additional years. The midfielder played four seasons with the Rapids Academy and is the 13th Homegrown player in club history.

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.

The Rapids announced another 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.

  • Homegrown defender Sam Vines signs 4-year contract extension

On Friday, March 4, the Colorado Rapids signed 21-year-old Homegrown defender Sam Vines to a four-year contract extension (through the 2025 MLS regular season).

“We’re delighted to extend Sam’s future in Burgundy,” said Pádraig Smith, Colorado Rapids Executive VP & General Manager. “In two short years, Sam has grown from being a promising Homegrown Player to becoming one of the best left backs in the league and a member of the national team. He’s got a bright future ahead of him and we look forward to seeing his continued development with the club.”

  • Forward Diego Rubio signs 2-year contract extension

The Colorado Rapids also announced that they have signed 27-year-old forward Diego Rubio to a two-year contract extension with a club option for an additional year.

“Diego is exactly what you look for in a modern-day attacker,” said Pádraig Smith, Colorado Rapids Executive VP & General Manager. “His tireless work ethic, unselfish play, and ability to combine, create and finish make Diego a vital piece of our team. He has been a key factor behind the Rapids turning into the fourth-highest scoring team in the league over the past two seasons, so we’re naturally delighted that he has committed his future to the club.”

On top of all that? They also released the 2021 preseason roster and 2021 preseason game schedule.