Colorado Rapids Soccer Club announced today that the club has acquired center back Danny Wilson
from Rangers Football Club of the Scottish Premiership. Wilson will occupy an international roster spot and will be added to the club’s roster upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 Visa.
“Danny’s signing is an important addition to our back line,” said Rapids Executive Vice President & General Manager, Pádraig Smith
. “In addition to his experience and leadership, Danny is in the prime of his career, and will be one of the best passing center backs in the league. We look forward to welcoming him to Colorado.”
Wilson becomes the second center back signing by the Rapids in recent weeks after the club also agreed to terms with former Ipswich Town defender Tommy Smith
. With preseason now underway, Wilson joins the team as one of eight new additions to the roster, including two center backs, three wingbacks, two midfielders, and one forward.
This season, the 26-year-old appeared in 14 contests for Rangers, tallying three goals and one assist in 1,077 minutes. In two stints with the Scottish club (2008-10, 2015-18), Wilson saw action in 109 games across all competitions, including a pair of Champions League games during the 2009-10 campaign.
Wilson also spent time with Liverpool FC of the English Premier League during the 2010-11 season. While at Anfield, he appeared in nine games for the Reds, including five Europa League fixtures. Wilson would also play 15 matches for the club’s U-23 side, scoring one goal and adding four assists.
Following brief stints with Bristol City (2011-12) and Blackpool (2012), Wilson returned to the Scottish Premiership, joining Heart of Midlothian FC in 2013. In 85 appearances across three campaigns, Wilson notched nine goals and ten assists.
From 2007-11, Wilson represented the Scottish youth teams, appearing in 26 matches at the U-17, U-19 and U-21 levels. Wilson made his senior debut on November 16, 2010, scoring his first and only goal in Scotland’s 3-0 win over Faroe Islands. He’s made five appearances in total for Scotland.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank Rangers, as well as their supporters, for the terrific support they showed during my time with the club,” said Wilson. “But in my discussions with Pádraig and Coach Hudson, it became clear that the Rapids have a very ambitious vision for the future, and I can’t wait to join the team and start the process of bringing that vision to life.”