Rapids Acquire Players Matt Jordan and Chris Winge

Rapids Acquire Players Matt Jordan and Chris Wingert In Trade With ColumbusThe Rapids Traded Draft Picks Today to the Columbus Crew in Exchange for Colorado Native Matt Jordan and Hermann Trophy Winner Chris WingertDENVER (Friday January 20 2006)- The Colorado Rapids announced today the acquisition of Colorado native goalkeeper Matt Jordan and defender/midfielder Chris Wingert from the Columbus Crew. The Rapids in exchange sent the team’s natural third round draft pick in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft for Jordan and a conditional draft pick in 2007 for Wingert. Jordan an Aurora CO native returns to the Centennial State to play for his hometown club the Rapids in time for his seventh MLS season. Jordan is a familiar name to Colorado soccer fans as in 1994 he was named the Colorado High School Soccer Player of the Year.The Clemson alumnus played from 1998 to 2002 for Dallas and then spent a season in Denmark before returning to MLS to play for Columbus. At the international level Jordan has played for Odense Boldklub in the Danish Superliga as well as has trained for club sides in Belgium and the Netherlands.On the national team level Jordan was called into US National Team camp for friendlies against China and Columbia in early 2001 but has yet to earn his first cap. He also has represented the U.S.A. at the Under-21 U-20 and U-18 levels. Jordan was a member of the bronze-medal-winning U.S. National ‘B’ Team at the 1997 World University Games in Sicily Italy. Wingert will join the Rapids for his third MLS season after spending his first two in Columbus. The New York native’s first game with the Black & Blue will be the 50th of his young career. Wingert will become the second Hermann Trophy winner on Colorado’s roster joining Luchi Gonzalez. Wingert captured the award presented annually to the nation’s top college soccer player when he was at St. John’s (Gonzalez won his during his stint at SMU). The 23-year-old Wingert also appeared regularly for the US Under-23 National Team from 2002-2004. Name: Matt Jordan Position: GKHeight: 6-2Weight: 185Birthdate: October 13 1975Hometown: Aurora COLast club: Columbus CrewName: Chris WingertPosition: D-MHeight: 5-10Weight: 155Birthdate: June 16 1982Hometown: Babylon NYLast club: Columbus CrewTRANSACTIONSoccer- MLSColorado Rapids- Acquire Colorado native goalkeeper Matt Jordan and defender/midfielder Chris Wingert from the Columbus Crew in exchange for the Rapids’ natural third round draft pick in 2006 and a conditional draft pick in 2007.