Rapids fans express their excitement over signings and new Designated Player

This week has been huge for the Colorado Rapids. The team announced the signing of forward Nicolas Benezet on Tuesday, Designated Player Younes Namli on Wednesday and 19-year-old Braian Galván on Thursday.

Benezet will join the team after spending the latter half of last season as a key piece in Toronto FC's lineup. Prior to that, he played in the top French league. The forward brings winning experience and a well-rounded offensive skill set.

Namli was signed by the team this week after nearly two years of work put in by Executive Vice President and General Manager Pádraig Smith and the club's scouting and technical staff. Namli will serve as an offensive midfielder whose creativity and skills on the ball should prove a focal point for this Rapids team.

Galván will join the Rapids in July after he finishes up his contract in the Argentine Super League. Galván is only 19, but should bring an offensive spark when he joins the team in July.

“We were very clear,” Smith explained. “We wanted to bring in another winger to add to the group, we wanted to bring in that attacking midfielder, number 10, that we’ve been looking for for some time, and then we wanted to bring in a real young up-and-coming elite level prospect, and I think we’ve done that.”

But it's not just the Rapids front office who feels this is a job well done. Fans took to Twitter all week to welcome the new trio and express their excitement for the 2020 season, which is now just around the corner.



Nicolas Benezet




Younes Namli


Braian Galván


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