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Rapids trade away Andre Shinyashiki, a key piece for years

MLS: Atlanta United FC at Colorado Rapids Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the end of an era in some ways, as Andre Shinyashiki is no longer a Colorado Rapids player.

First reported by last Friday and then made official this week, the Rapids will get up to $400K in 2022 General Allocation Money from Charlotte FC for Shinyashiki.

The former Rapids DA and University of Denver product had four influential seasons in Colorado.

Drafted fifth overall by the Rapids in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft, Shinyashiki scored 16 goals and added six assists across 86 appearances, 51 as starts. The 24-year-old was named the 2019 MLS Rookie of the Year, the final iteration of the award. His rookie season nearly backdoored the Rapids into the playoffs as he went for seven goals and three assists, including a stoppage-time equalizer on his professional debut.

“Andre has been at the heart of our club’s development on the pitch over the last few seasons while also serving as a model representative off it,” said Pádraig Smith, Colorado Rapids Executive VP & General Manager, in a news release. “We’re grateful to him for his contributions to the club and wish him all the best in this next stage of his career.”

The trade includes a guaranteed $225,000 in 2022 General Allocation Money (GAM) from Charlotte FC in exchange for Shinyashiki. Colorado could acquire up to an additional $175,000 in GAM if certain performance and contract conditions are met. The Rapids would also retain 50% of any potential trade fee Charlotte receives for Shinyashiki’s rights.

Shinyashiki could never follow up his stellar rookie season but was a strong contributor the last few and a solid bench piece. He belongs in MLS and finds a better situation for himself after Colorado brought in Gyasi Zardes.