Colorado Rapids defenders Davy Armstrong and Anthony Wallace are out-of-contract following the conclusion of the 2013 season, meaning both players may negotiate new deals with Colorado or pursue other opportunities. Armstrong will remain with Colorado entering 2014 as he rehabs a long-term knee injury, while Wallace’s future is still unclear.
Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo told ColoradoRapids.com that each player’s situation is unique, but that the club is still in communication with both players about their next steps.
Armstrong, 22, was the Rapids’ first Homegrown Player signing, coming back in the 2010 season. He has made one first team appearance in MLS regular season play, coming in the final match of 2012, a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
The Aurora native did not make an MLS appearance with Colorado in 2013, and suffered an ACL tear in his right knee while on loan to Phoenix FC.
“Davy Armstrong is going through an ACL rehabilitation, and even though he’s currently out of contract, he will remain here with the Rapids until he’s fully rehabbed,” said Bravo. “He’ll have an opportunity to earn a spot once he’s fully healthy again.”
The other Rapids player without a contract is defender Anthony Wallace, who joined the Rapids in 2009 after three and a half seasons with FC Dallas. The 24-year-old has made a total of 38 regular season appearances in MLS (26 starts), but started all four Rapids playoff games in the 2010 run to MLS Cup.
“We really like Anthony, and he’s been able to come back after two years of injuries,” said Bravo. “The key for him is to be playing first team soccer, and we’ve discussed that with him. We aren’t able to guarantee that here, although we like him and we want to keep him here.”
Wallace made six appearances in the first team in 2013, all as a substitute, after missing 2012 due to knee and Achilles injuries.
“I think there’s still an opportunity for [Wallace to return to the Rapids], but there also may be an opportunity for Anthony to get what he needs, and find somebody who can give him regular first team action,” said Bravo. “We’ll have to see how that plays out.”