Rapids Reveal 2007 Roster After Waiver Compliance Deadline

DENVER (Friday March 02 2007)- Adhering to yesterday’s deadline for all 13 Major League Soccer clubs to become roster and budget compliant the Colorado Rapids waived goalkeeper Matt Jordan and forward Fabrice Noel.

Jordan and Noel will be available to the other 12 MLS clubs in Monday’s (March 5) 1 p.m. MT waiver draft which will be held via conference call.

Jordan came to Colorado last season in a trade with the Columbus Crew. The Colorado native fought through injuries all season to make seven appearances for the Rapids Reserves 2006 Championship side giving up just five goals and combining with Bouna Coundoul for three shutouts.

Noel completed his first full season with the Rapids in 2006 after joining the team midway through the 2005 season. Last year the Haitian scored one goal in his 371 minutes of play in nine games.

In order to be roster compliant which the Rapids are now all MLS teams must be in line with the following requirements:

-no more than 18 players on the Senior Roster
-no more than 10 players on the Developmental Roster
-*no more than 4 Senior Internationals
-**no more than 3 Youth Internationals (subject to trades)
-team salary budget must be equal to or less than the cap set forth by the League

* Toronto FC may have three (3) additional Senior International players as long as those three players qualify as domestic for US-based teams

** Toronto FC may have five (5) Youth Internationals

The Rapids’ roster currently features 17 of the 18 permissible senior roster players as well as 9 of the 10 developmental players allowed. Of the Rapids’ 2007 draftees Nico Colaluca Nick LaBrocca Justin Hughes John DiRairmondo and Kosuke Kimura all made the roster.

Current 2007 Colorado Rapids Roster

Senior Players (17)
Kyle Beckerman
Roberto Brown
Terry Cooke
Bouna Coundoul
Hunter Freeman
Dan Gargan
Herculez Gomez
Nicolas Hernandez
Ugo Ihemelu
Jovan Kirovski
Pablo Mastroeni
Clint Mathis
Yherland McDonald
Mike Petke
Brandon Prideaux
Greg Vanney
Chris Wingert
Developmental Players (9)
Colin Clark
Nico Colaluca
John DiRaimondo
Jordan Harvey
Justin Hughes
Stephen Keel
Kosuke Kimura
Nick LaBrocca
Jacob Peterson