Rapids Place Wolde Harris Alain Nkong and Diego Serna on Waivers

Denver CO (Tuesday November 15 2005)- The Colorado Rapids announced today that they placed forward Diego Serna forward Wolde Harris and midfielder Alain Nkong on waivers.

The three players will be eligible to be selected in the Major League Soccer’s waiver draft which takes place tomorrow Wednesday November 16 via conference call. If the players are not selected in the waiver draft the Rapids will retain their MLS rights for 12 months.

Nkong who was signed by the team at the beginning of the 2005 season played a total of 28 games for the Black and Blue netting five goals and four assists. The Cameroonian international was called up by his country’s national team to join them in the African Cup of Nations 2006 tournament to be played in Egypt at the beginning of next year.

Serna the Colombian forward played a total of 13 minutes with the Rapids during the regular season in his short stint in Colorado.

Harris the former Jamaican international played a total of 10 games for Head Coach Fernando Clavijo’s side netting one goal in the 505 minutes he logged on the field.

The MLS Waiver draft will take place tomorrow Wednesday November 16 via conference call.

Major League Soccer teams today waived a total of 49 players kicking off the preparations for the 2006 MLS season which begins on April 1 2006.

All players waived will be available to other teams in a Waiver Draft that will be conducted on Wednesday November 16.

Monday November 14 marked the first day that teams could begin making roster changes since the roster freeze on September 15. Any player claimed off waivers on Wednesday will automatically have his contract option exercised for the 2006 season. If a player is not claimed in the waiver draft his rights will be retained for 12 months by his previous team.

The first International Transfer Window opens on January 1 2006 and closes on March 31 2006. March 1 2006 is the roster and salary budget compliance date ahead of the 2006 season. By that date all MLS teams must be at no more than:

* 18 Senior Roster players
* 10 Developmental Roster players
* 4 senior internationals

Following this Wednesday’s Waiver Draft teams will continue preparing for the 2006 season at the adidas MLS Player Combine (January 12-15) at The Home Depot Center and the 2006 MLS SuperDraft on January 20 2006 held in conjunction with the NSCAA annual convention in Philadelphia PA.

Wednesday’s Waiver Draft selection process is based on the reverse order of finish from the 2005 season. The order follows:

Waiver Draft Selection Order
1. Chivas USA
2. Real Salt Lake
3. Columbus Crew
4. Kansas City Wizards
5. MetroStars
6. FC Dallas
7. D.C. United
8. San Jose Earthquakes
9. Colorado Rapids
10. Chicago Fire
11. New England Revolution
12. Los Angeles Galaxy

The list of players available for this week’s Waiver Draft follows:

Chicago Fire:
Andy Rosenband
Demitrius White

Chivas USA:
Victor Arbelaez
Javier Barragan
Armando Begines
Milton Blanco
Hector Cuadros
Shaun Kalnasy
Isaac Romo

Colorado Rapids:
Wolde Harris
Alain Nkong
Diego Serna

Columbus Crew:
Stephen Armstrong
Devin Barclay
Ryan Kelly
Mark Schulte

FC Dallas:
Christopher Gomez
John Pulido

D.C. United:
Kenny Arena
Nana Kuffour
Tim Merritt
Jason Thompson

Kansas City Wizards:
Dustin Branan
Daniel Dobson
Martin Hutton
Doug Lascody
Antti Sumiala

Los Angeles Galaxy:
Michael Umana

Ramon Bailey
Chris Corcoran
Daniel Garipe
Eric Quill
Ryan Suarez
Michael Ueltschey

New England Revolution:
Connally Edozien
Gilberto Flores
Jamie Holmes
Ricardo Phillips
Marcos Romaneiro
Luke Vercollone
Easton Wilson

Real Salt Lake:
Matt Behncke
DJ Countess
Rusty Pierce
Jeff Stewart
Dante Washington

San Jose Earthquakes:
Roger Levesque
Orlando Ramirez