Colorado Rapids announced today that the club has re-signed defender Bobby Burling ahead of the coming season. Per MLS and club policy, the terms of the deals were not disclosed.
“This is an important step as we build our roster for 2016,” said Paul Bravo, VP of Soccer Operations and Technical Director. “Bobby is a tremendously popular player in the group, adding leadership and experience. He was a key member of the squad last season and we are delighted to have him back.”
Burling returned to his home state of Colorado via the Waiver Draft on December 10, 2014. Last season, he helped the Rapids post the sixth best goals against record in MLS in 2015. The 31-year-old defender started all 22 matches he appeared in and finished fifth on the team in minutes played (1,958) and goals (2), which earned him 2015 Rapids Defender of the Year accolades.
Burling was originally drafted by the LA Galaxy in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft out of Loyola Marymount University but eventually signed with Chivas USA three months later. During his two stints with Chivas USA (2007-09 and 2012-14), Burling appeared in 71 matches, with 60 of those coming from the start.
During his 10-year career with Chivas USA, San Jose Earthquakes (2009-11) and the Rapids, Burling has played in 141 matches (127 starts), with four goals and two assists in 11,509 minutes logged.
Burling had his contract option declined by the Rapids at the end of the 2015 season and became a free agent before ultimately re-signing with the club.
Full Name: Bobby Burling
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 195 lbs.
Birth Date: October 15, 1984
Birthplace: Clear Lake City, TX
Hometown: Monument, CO
Previous Club: Chivas USA