Rapids trade for defender Wallace

Team looking to strenghten left side of defense with acquisition of Wallace from Dallas

The Rapids today looked to add depth and perhaps strengthen the left side of the defense by acquiring 21-year-old defender Anthony Wallace from FC Dallas in exchange for future draft picks.

Wallace was Dallas’ first pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft, and joins Colorado as a young but seasoned professional. With the arrivals of left-sided defenders Jair Benitez and Heath Pearce in 2009, Wallace’s time became limited at the Texas-club. He’s only made two appearances in 2010, and a total of 15 appearance in his 3.5 year MLS career.

Danny Earls, who joined the Rapids in the off-season from the Rochester Rhinos, has been the primary left-back throughout the first half of the season. Earls has started 14 of the teams 16 games on the left side, however recently the coaching staff has started looking at other options.

Scott Palguta made his first start at left back on July 17 against Kansas City, but was replaced by Earls before the first half ended.

Last Sunday, Earls started against Seattle but was replaced in the 65th minute by Kosuke Kimura, who had previously only played as a right back this season.

The Rapids host Dallas on Saturday, July 31. The first teams play inside Dick's Sporting Good Park at 2 pm, the team's reserves will meet on the Rapids training field for a scrimmage immediately following the first team game.

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