Rapids receive draft pick from Chicago for Thompson
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Monday, September 10, 2012) – The Colorado Rapids announced on Monday that the team has traded midfielder Wells Thompson to the Chicago Fire, in exchange for a conditional draft pick. Thompson, 28, had appeared in 17 matches for the Rapids in 2012 (5 starts), notching one assist. Per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"My heart overflows with gratitude, joy and peace when I reflect on my time in Colorado,” said Thompson. “Saying it’s been a privilege to represent the Rapids on and off the field is an understatement. My love and gratitude for the team, the fans, Kroenke Sports, everyone involved from the top to bottom of the organization, my wife, my parents and the Lord is overwhelming.”
“Wells is a player who gives everything he has both on and off the field,” said Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo. “He’s talented and tenacious, and was an important part of our team in the championship run in 2010. We wish him the very best with Chicago.”
“Everyone here at the Rapids will miss Wells, who was a wonderfully positive presence in our community,” said Rapids President Tim Hinchey. “He made a strong impression on the club, from the fans to the front office to the locker room, and we will all work to continue his commitment to service and charity.”
Thompson came to the Rapids in a January 22, 2010 trade with the New England Revolution, and appeared in a total of 75 games for Colorado (40 starts), scoring five goals and adding four assists. A member of the 2010 MLS Cup-winning squad, Thompson entered the championship match as a substitute at the start of overtime. In his six-year MLS career with the Revolution and Rapids, the midfielder has 146 appearances (76 starts), with seven goals and seven assists.
A leader in the community throughout his time with the Rapids, Thompson was honored as the club's Humanitarian of the Year in 2011 for his involvement in numerous local organizations and causes, as well as his everyday attitude and actions throughout Denver and wherever he travels. Among other efforts, he visited children and families at HealthONE hospitals, helped run youth soccer clinics, and spent his free time volunteering.
The Rapids visit the LA Galaxy this Friday, September 14 with kickoff at 8:00 p.m. PT (9:00 p.m. MT) and live broadcasts on Altitude, Mile High Sports Radio, and ESPN Deportes Radio. The next home match for the club is on September 30, also against the Galaxy; for more information, or to purchase tickets, call 303-825-GOAL or click here.