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Rapids acquire Brian Mullan from Houston

Commerce City, Colo. – Hours before the MLS roster freeze deadline, the Colorado Rapids made a final move they hope will improve their chances of advancing to the MLS Cup Playoffs by acquiring right-sided midfielder, and Colorado-native, Brian Mullan from the Houston Dynamo in exchange for midfielder Colin Clark and allocation money.

This trade comes one day after the Rapids traded Medhi Ballouchy, who had occupied the right midfield spot for much of the season, to the New York Red Bulls for forward Macoumba Kandji.

Mullan, who attended Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora and was the 1997 Colorado High School Player of the Year, has won four MLS Cup championships with the three teams he's played with.

He was drafted by the LA Galaxy with the 9th overall pick in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft from Creighton University. In his second season with LA, he won his first MLS Cup championship ring as the Galaxy defeated the New England Revolution in the final.

The next year he joined the San Jose Earthquakes and became a staple for the club, winning another ring that season as the Quakes defeated LA in the 2003 MLS Cup.

The San Jose team moved to Houston ahead of the 2006 season, and although the team’s name and history remained in the Bay Area, the coaching staff and players, including Mullan, moved to Houston and were part of the new Houston Dynamo club, which won the 2006 and 2007 MLS Cup titles.

This season, the 32-year-old Mullan appeared in 22 games with Houston, scoring three goals and adding three assists.

On the international level, Mullan has earned four caps with the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Originally signed by Colorado in February 2006, Clark scored 10 goals and had 10 assists in 84 career appearances with the Rapids, though has unfortunately had each of the past two seasons cut short with knee injuries.

Colorado also acquired Houston's 4th round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft in the deal.

In salary cap-related move, the Rapids also waived defender Michael Holody today. The second year player made four appearances his rookie year but had not played any games this season.

The MLS trade and roster deadline was today at 3 pm MT. After this time, teams may not make any roster moves until after the 2010 MLS Cup.