Rapids sign 22-year-old Chilean winger Kevin Harbottle
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Thursday, January 17, 2013) – The Colorado Rapids announced today that the club has signed Kevin Harbottle, a 22-year-old winger with experience in the Chilean National Team, as an International Player. Harbottle joins the Rapids from Chilean powerhouse Universidad Católica, where he won the 2011 Copa Chile and played in the Copa Libertadores.
Harbottle will be eligible pending receipt of his P-1 work visa and International Transfer Certificate. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Kevin is a young, dynamic attacking player who will be a great fit for our squad this season,” said Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo. “At just 22 years old, he’s already proven he can play at a high level, and we look forward to helping him develop further as he integrates into our team and our league.”
Harbottle comes to Colorado having played in the top division in Chile since 2009, most recently with Universidad Católica, where he scored four goals in 32 league matches, helped the team to the 2011 Copa Chile, and also played four matches in the prestigious Copa Libertadores. He spent 2010-2011 at Unión Española, scoring four goals in 13 league matches and one goal in eight Libertadores games, and in the 2010 Apertura season, the winger scored six goals in 13 matches for O’Higgins F.C. Harbottle made his professional debut for Deportes Antofagasta in the Chilean first division on June 6, 2008 at the age of 17.
In addition to his club experience, Harbottle was part of the Chilean Under-20 National Team from 2008-2010 and has made one appearance with the full Chilean National Team, entering as a substitute in a 2-0 friendly victory over Trinidad & Tobago on May 5, 2010 in his hometown of Iquique.
Full Name: Kevin Andrew Harbottle Carrasco
Born: June 8, 1990 in Antofagasta, Chile
Hometown: Iquique, Chile
Last Team: Universidad Católica (CHI)