The Colorado Rapids selected San Jose Earthquakes and New Zealand international Kip Colvey with the third overall pick of the 2017 MLS Waiver Draft on December 13.
Here are three things to know about the 23-year-old defender.
1. He learned the game in New Zealand
During his childhood in Picton, Colvey represented New Zealand in several youth programs. He first played with the Nelson Suburbs club, before moving to Christchurch where he attended the prestigious Asia-Pacific Football Academy. Colvey was called-up to the New Zealand U-17 national team, where he helped his country reach the Round of 16 at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup. In 2015, he appeared for the Kiwis’ U-23 team at the Olympic qualifying tournament in Papua New Guinea. Just one year later, Colvey was named to New Zealand’s 23-man senior nation team roster for the 2016 OFC Nations Cup.
2. He's represented his country at the senior level
The 5’ 10” defender made his senior debut on May 28, 2016 in New Zealand’s 3-1 win over Fiji during the 2016 OFC Nations Cup. Since then, Colvey has earned a total of 15 caps including nine World Cup qualifiers, five international friendlies and the Confederations Cup. He also started both matches of New Zealand's intercontinental playoff matches against Peru.
3. He spent time with both San Jose and their USL affiliate
The San Jose Earthquakes selected Colvey in the third round (49th overall) of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, and signed him two months later on March 4. He made his MLS debut in the 2016 season against the Rapids. During his rookie season, Colvey played in four regular season matches (three starts) for the Quakes, tallying an assist in his first professional start. He would finish out the 2016 season on loan with Sacramento Republic FC, seeing action in six games (five starts).
The 23-year-old wingback spent the 2017 campaign on loan with USL side Reno 1868 FC, appearing in 10 contests – all starts. There he finished with 856 minutes, completing 89 percent of his passes, won 48 battles and created three chances.