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Rapids bring back Sam Nicholson

Scottish winger was in English Football League Two, signs two-and-a-half year deal

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Time is a flat circle.

Sam Nicholson is back in Colorado, signing as a free agent with the Rapids. Nicholson spent three seasons with the ‘Pids, leaving in 2020 to go back across the pond.

“We’re delighted to welcome Sam back to the club,” said Pádraig Smith, Colorado Rapids Executive Vice President & General Manager in a news release. “Sam is an incredibly talented and versatile attacker with exceptional pace and someone our team and coaching staff are very familiar with from his time with the club. We’re excited to welcome him back at this key juncture in the season and look forward to seeing him continue his career in Burgundy.”

Nicholson, 27, made 75 appearances across all competitions s, including League One, League Two, the FA Cup, EFL Trophy and EFL Cup, recording 14 goals and eight assists in that span.

From May 2018 to July 2020, the Edinburgh, Scotland, native logged 3,464 minutes, netted four goals and delivered six assists across 48 appearances with Colorado.

Nicholson’s professional career began in 2013 with Heart of Midlothian (Hearts) of the Scottish Premiership. He spent four seasons with the club, scoring 16 goals and delivering 24 assists in 127 appearances for the club. Nicholson first played in MLS with Minnesota United FC.

Nicholson was let walk by the Rapids after trading for Jonathan Lewis but now they are teammates once more. Colorado got great production from their wings last season, but that has not carried over into 2022.