Two Colorado Rapids players whose current status may be on the minds of many Rapids fans this offseason are veterans Brian Mullan and Jamie Smith. At the end of the 2013 season, the Rapids declined options on both players but are working with each individually to determine their future with the club in 2014 and beyond.
“Both Brian and Jamie have given a great deal to the Rapids,” commented Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo to ColoradoRapids.com. “They have shown their talent, work ethic, professionalism and experience over the last few years, and we love having them around the team.”
Mullan, a 14-year veteran of Major League Soccer and Aurora native, came to the Rapids in a late 2010 trade, having spent the previous four and a half seasons with the Houston Dynamo. He made an immediate impact on the Rapids and played in all four matches of the 2010 postseason as Colorado won their first ever MLS Cup. Mullan is one of three players to have won a record five MLS Cups in his career.
Smith, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, was signed by the Rapids on July 28, 2009. Prior to coming to Colorado, Smith had successful stints with Scottish clubs Celtic, where he began his career in 1997 and scored six goals in 72 matches played through 2003, and Aberdeen, playing 105 matches and scoring 21 goals between 2005 and 2009. Since joining the Rapids, Smith has scored seven goals and added 13 assists in five seasons.
“We’re currently talking with both players to see what makes the most sense for both them and the club moving forward,” added Bravo. “But we don’t know yet what their status will be for next year.”
Both players are eligible to participate in the MLS Re-Entry Process, which allows veteran players to move teams, but they could also remove themselves from consideration in the process if they choose.