Garrett Ellwood / Colorado Rapids
Quick: How many Honduran players have played for the Colorado Rapids over the 16+ seasons?
Answer: None. Well, kind of.
Over 200 players who were born in 37 different countries have played in at least one regular season game for the Rapids since 1996, but none (yet) were from Honduras.
In 2009 the Rapids acquired Honduran left-winger Ivan Guerrero in a 2009 trade with DC United. The deal brought in a Designted Player roster spot, and DC's second round pick in the 2010 SuperDraft, which Colorado used to select former midfielder Ross LaBauex. In exchange, midfielder Christian Gomez was sent back to DC, along with goalkeeper Mike Graczyk, and an international roster spot.
Guerrero had played his first three seasons with the Chicago Fire, where he was named to the MLS All-Star team and earned Fire MVP and team Defender of the Year honors following an impressive first season in 2005. The left back was then selected by San Jose in the 2007 MLS Expansion Draft and went on to play in 14 games with the Earthquakes before being acquired by D.C. United in July, playing 13 games with United to close out 2008.
However after being acquired by Colorado, the Honduran never played a regular season game for the Rapids. His only appearance in Rapids colors was in a U.S. Open Cup Qualifier on April 7, 2009 against the LA Galaxy, where he played the entire 120 minutes in the scoreless match that saw the Rapids eliminate LA 4-2
on penalty kicks. He and the team parted ways
later that summer.
For his MLS career Guerrero started 97 of the 101 games he appeared in, scoring four goals and adding 20 assists.