Rapids Acquire Martin Morales and Rights to Luchi Gonzalez From Crew

DENVER CO (Colorado Rapids Media Relations)- The Colorado Rapids acquired today Uruguayan midfielder Martin Morales and the rights for striker Luchi Gonzalez from the Columbus Crew in exchange for a Second Round Draft Pick in the 2007 Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft. Gonzalez who returns to MLS after one year playing in South America signed a multi-year contract with Colorado. Terms of both players’ contracts were not made public.

Martin Morales who arrived in Colorado as part of the sign-and-trade deal is an internationally experienced midfielder who will look to add depth to the midfield position with the Rapids in 2005. Nicknamed "Tati