Rapids “working extremely hard” to bring Hendry Thomas back for 2014

Technical Director Paul Bravo explains current contract situation for Honduras midfielder

Since he was signed in the summer of 2012, Colorado Rapids midfielder Hendry Thomas has been a key player in the team’s midfield. Now, as the Rapids establish their roster for the 2014 season, the club is currently in negotiations with the Honduran to continue his playing career in Colorado.

“We’re trying to find a solution to bring Hendry back, because he was a huge part of our success in 2013,” Technical Director, Paul Bravo, told ColoradoRapids.com this week.

The Rapids have declined a contract option for Thomas that would have restricted the team’s flexibility under the salary cap, according to Bravo. This has put the team in negotiations with the player and his agent to come to an agreement for next year, and perhaps beyond.

“We were in the top five in the league defensively, as far as statistics go, and we think that Hendry was a big part of that,” Bravo added. “But we have to find the right balance for our roster and the constraints within MLS. We’re going to work extremely hard to try and bring Hendry back in 2014.”

Thomas, a decorated Honduras national team player, was signed by the Rapids on August 21, 2012. The 28-year-old holding midfielder scored two goals in 27 games during the 2013 season, leading the squad to a record-breaking season where they earned more points than ever before and also allowed a near-record low goals against. He received his U.S. residency late in the season and does not count as an international.

The La Ceiba native has appeared 38 times for his country, including the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. His previous professional history includes playing 143 matches with Club Deportiva Olimpia, where he led them to seven championships, and three seasons spent with English Premier League side Wigan Athletic.