New Colorado Rapids defender German Mera arrived in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday morning, flying in from Bogota, Colombia with a short layover in Houston.
A few hours later he was jogging laps while his new teammates took part in training on an auxiliary field at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
"I arrived well because I've been working hard while I waited for the visa," Mera told ColoradoRapids.com on Wednesday. "Thankfully I'm already here in Denver to bring my little grain of sand to the club."
Mera was signed on May 6 on loan from Colombian club Deportivo Cali, which is coached by Leonel Alvarez. Alvarez was teammates with Rapids coach Oscar Pareja both on the Colombian National Team and with Dallas in Major League Soccer.
"Coach Alvarez was a great bridge for me to come to Colorado," Mera said. "He provided good references with Oscar Pareja, and here I am, thanks to God."
Mera, who says his strongest position has been as a left-sided center back, says he expects to jump right in to full training on Thursday. His last match with Cali was one month ago.