Diego Calderón to pursue other options in 2014

Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo confirms that the Ecuador international will not return

Diego Calderon in 2013 preseason game

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While the Rapids are still working on forming their roster for 2014, one decision was confirmed by Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo on Monday. Defender Diego Calderón, who came to the club on loan ahead of the 2013 season, will not be returning to Colorado next season, amid reports from Ecuador that he has re-signed with his former club, Liga de Quito.

“Diego’s loan expired following the end of our season, and while we held an option to bring him back, our conversations with him indicated that it was in the best interest of both the player and the club to let him return to Quito,” Bravo told ColoradoRapids.com.

Calderón started the first five regular season games for Colorado at center back before suffering a knee injury in a match against the LA Galaxy in March. Five months after having microfracture surgery on his right knee, the Ecuadorian international returned to the playing field in late August but did not make any more first-team appearances.

“He was unlucky to suffer a long-term knee injury pretty early in his time with us, and that kept him from being able to really establish himself in our lineup,” said Bravo. “We want to thank him for his hard work while he was here, and wish him the very best in his career moving forward.”

The Rapids could make more announcements regarding their roster in the coming days, though teams are under a roster freeze through MLS Cup, which is this Saturday, December 7.