COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — The Colorado Rapids have signed midfielder Nicolás Mezquida to a one-year contract with an option for an additional year, the club announced today. Mezquida will occupy a Supplemental Roster spot.

“We’re delighted to welcome back Nico for the 2022 season,” said Pádraig Smith, Colorado Rapids Executive VP & General Manager. “Nico has been an uplifting presence in our locker room and a versatile and energetic midfield piece since joining the club. He’ll provide important depth as we look to compete for trophies across several fronts this season.”

Mezquida, 30, appeared in 22 regular season matches for Colorado in 2021, registering a goal and two assists as the Rapids earned a club-record 61 points to top the Western Conference. The Uruguayan midfielder first signed with Colorado ahead of the 2019 season and has logged 73 appearances, seven goals and five assists across all competitions during his three years with the club so far. Prior to his arrival in Colorado, Mezquida spent five seasons with Vancouver Whitecaps FC, tallying 17 goals and seven assists across 122 total appearances and helping the club to their lone Canadian Championship in 2015.

Born in Paysandú, Uruguay, Mezquida rose through the youth ranks at Uruguayan powerhouse Club Atlético Peñarol before signing with the senior team at the age of 16 in 2008. He went on to play for Peñarol for four seasons with two loan spells at Norwegian sides SK Brann and Lillestrøm SK during his time with the South American club.

TRANSACTION: Colorado Rapids sign midfielder Nicolás Mezquida to a one-year deal with a club option for an additional season on January 28, 2022.

Nicolás Mezquida
Pronunciation:
nee-koh-LAS mez-KEE-dah
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-7
Weight: 152
Birthdate: January 21, 1992
Birthplace: Paysandu, Uruguay
Nationality: Uruguay