COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — The Colorado Rapids announced today the club has acquired a guaranteed $225,000 in 2022 General Allocation Money (GAM) from Charlotte FC in exchange for forward Andre Shinyashiki. Colorado could acquire up to an additional $175,000 in GAM if certain performance and contract conditions are met. The Rapids would also retain 50% of any potential trade fee Charlotte receives for Shinyashiki’s rights.
“Andre has been at the heart of our club’s development on the pitch over the last few seasons, while also serving as a model representative off it,” said Pádraig Smith, Colorado Rapids Executive VP & General Manager. “We’re grateful to him for his contributions to the club and wish him all the best in this next stage of his career.”
Drafted fifth overall by the Rapids in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft, Shinyashiki departs the club following four seasons in Colorado where he logged 16 goals and six assists across 86 appearances, 51 as starts. The 24-year-old was named the 2019 MLS Rookie of the Year, the final iteration of the award, in a rookie season that saw him record seven goals and three assists, including a stoppage-time equalizer on his professional debut.
Prior to being drafted into the league, Shinyashiki had an exceptional collegiate career at the University of Denver, scoring a program-record 51 goals across four seasons, including a nation-leading 28 in his senior year, while finishing as a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist.
The Colorado Rapids acquire $225,000 in 2022 GAM and up to $175,000 in conditional GAM from Charlotte FC in exchange for forward Andre Shinyashiki on May 3, 2022.