Colorado Rapids Soccer Club announced today its end-of-year roster moves in advance of the MLS deadline. The club has exercised contract options on three players and declined options on six players.
The Rapids picked up contract options on defender Eric Miller, defender/midfielder Jared Watts, and midfielder Sam Hamilton.
Additionally, the 15 players already under contract for 2018 and beyond are goalkeepers Tim Howard and Zac MacMath, defenders Mike da Fonte, Kortne Ford and Axel Sjöberg, midfielders Micheal Azira, Johan Blomberg, Nana Boateng, Shkëlzen Gashi, Marlon Hairston, Ricardo Perez and Dillon Serna, and forwards Stefan Aigner, Dominique Badji and Caleb Calvert.
The club will not exercise contract options on goalkeeper John Berner, defenders Dennis Castillo and Mekeil Williams, midfielders Joshua Gatt and Mohammed Saeid, and forward Alan Gordon.
Defender Bobby Burling is currently out of contract, while the club did not exercise its option to purchase midfielder Luis Gil's contract.
Colorado Rapids roster as it currently stands:
Goalkeepers (2): Tim Howard, Zac MacMath.
Defenders (5): Mike da Fonte, Kortne Ford, Eric Miller, Axel Sjöberg, Jared Watts.
Midfielders (8): Micheal Azira, Johan Blomberg, Nana Boateng, Shkëlzen Gashi, Marlon Hairston, Sam Hamilton, Ricardo Perez, Dillon Serna.
Forwards (3): Stefan Aigner, Dominique Badji, Caleb Calvert.
Colorado Rapids player status for 2017 roster:
- Stefan Aigner - Under contract
- Micheal Azira - Under contract
- Dominique Badji - Under contract
- John Berner - Option declined
- Johan Blomberg - Under contract
- Nana Boateng - Under contract
- Bobby Burling - Out of contract
- Caleb Calvert - Under contract
- Dennis Castillo - Option declined
- Mike da Fonte - Under contract
- Kortne Ford - Under contract
- Shkëlzen Gashi - Under contract
- Joshua Gatt - Option declined
- Luis Gil - Loan expired
- Alan Gordon - Option declined
- Marlon Hairston - Under contract
- Sam Hamilton - Option exercised
- Tim Howard - Under contract
- Zac MacMath - Under contract
- Eric Miller - Option exercised
- Ricardo Perez - Under contract
- Mohammed Saeid - Option declined
- Dillon Serna - Under contract
- Axel Sjöberg - Under contract
- Jared Watts - Option exercised
- Mekeil Williams - Option declined
Key 2018 offseason dates
12/10 – Half-day trade window (7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. MT)
12/10 – Blackout period begins until conclusion of Expansion Draft
12/12 – Expansion Draft (12:00 p.m. MT)
12/12 – Free Agency begins (1:00 p.m. MT)
12/13 – Waiver Draft (1:30 p.m. MT)
12/15 – Re-Entry Draft Stage 1 (1:00 p.m. MT)
12/21 – Re-Entry Draft Stage 2 (12:00 p.m. MT)