Colorado Rapids Soccer Club announced today the signing of striker Niki Jackson, the club’s fourth round selection in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, to a one year contract. Jackson will be added to the team’s supplemental roster.
“Niki has done very well this preseason,” said Rapids Executive Vice President & General Manager, Pádraig Smith. “He is a very talented, humble young man who has all the tools necessary to succeed as an attacking player in Major League Soccer. We look forward to helping him reach his potential.”
Jackson, 22, was selected by the Rapids in the fourth round of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft following three standout seasons at Grand Canyon University. The Memphis, Tennessee native enjoyed a breakout junior campaign in 2017, notching 16 goals en route to Offensive Player of Year honors in the Western Athletic Conference. Jackson’s goal tally was among the top three nationally. He was also named to the conference’s all-academic team.
“It’s a dream come true,” said Jackson. “I’m very thankful to everyone at Grand Canyon who helped me become a better player these past three and half years, but can’t wait to get started with the Rapids. This is a club with a very strong vision for the future, and I feel fortunate to be a part of it.”
TRANSACTION: Colorado Rapids – February 20, 2018 – Rapids sign striker Niki Jackson to a one year contract, with three additional option years for the club.
Full Name: Niki Jackson
Birth Date: August 25, 1995
Birthplace: Vicksburg, Mississippi