The Colorado Rapids has announced that the club will not pick up the options of 11 players for the 2015 season, but stressed there is a possibility that some whose options are not being picked up may be back for training in the spring.
The group of players whose options will not be picked up include 13-year Major League Soccer veteran Edson Buddle, who has spent the last two seasons with the Rapids. The 33-year-old striker, who has 11 appearances with the U.S. national team, played in 42 games (31 starts) for the Rapids, scoring seven goals. One of the two goals he scored during the 2014 season was the 100th of his MLS career.
Another player on the list is 10-year MLS veteran defender Marvell Wynne, who has spent the last five seasons with Colorado. Wynne played in 140 games for the Rapids and was acquired in 2010 after playing with New York and Toronto. He has four appearances with the U.S. national team.
Also included is midfielder Nick LaBrocca, an eight-year veteran of the league, who was drafted by the Rapids in 2007. After three seasons, he was traded to Toronto FC, before returning to Colorado in 2013, via Chivas USA. He scored 17 goals and added 18 assists over a total of 116 matches for the Rapids, and made his 200th career MLS appearance on June 28.
“This is an announcement we have to make prior to the upcoming November 26 deadline for notifying our players,” said Paul Bravo, the Rapids’ vice president of soccer operations and technical director. “Some of these players may be back with us by the time we begin training in January as many things could change between now and then.”
Other players whose options will not be picked up are defenders Gale Agbossoumonde, Thomas Piermayr and Grant Van De Casteele, midfielders Carlos Alvarez and Davy Armstrong, forwards Kamani Hill and Danny Mwanga, as well as goalkeeper Joe Nasco.
“I want to express my personal thanks, along with the gratitude of the entire club, to these players, all of whom gave everything to the Rapids, both on and off the field," Bravo added.
"Each and every one of them, along with our entire team, represented the club in the highest manner from the beginning of spring training to the end of the season.”
With New York City FC and Orlando City joining the league in 2015, MLS will hold an expansion draft on December 10. Each club can protect 11 players on its current roster. A protected players list for all teams will be released by the league on December 8.
Three Rapids players are automatically protected from the expansion draft, and do not need to be included on the protection list. Shane O’Neill and Dillon Serna are considered Homegrown Players, while Marlon Hairston is part of the Generation adidas program, which allows players to become MLS professionals before they graduate from college.