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.
Welcome to Colorado Nicolas! Look forward to seeing you!— Joan Dobrzynski (@JoanDobrzynski) January 15, 2020
Welcome to Colorado, nico!!!! We are all so excited to have you!— Liam Hopkins (@lamae_shopkins) January 14, 2020
Good signing. The Rapids are on the up and up— Wick Rosser (@NicholasRosser) January 14, 2020
Creating quite the team. Really excited to see how all these new players & new squad translate come regular season!!— Ryan Henkelman (@HenkelmanRyan) January 15, 2020
Colorado Rapids acquire Danish midfielder Younes Namli as Designated Player | https://t.co/ARg1jmGPLo - https://t.co/bgw8TzipU2 @ColoradoRapids
I liked this three times!!— Marcus Valdez (@MarcusValdez) January 15, 2020
Great signing!!!!— FGL Kingo_official (@XxPSVxX1) January 16, 2020
Cracking signing, used to love watching him play at @PECZwolle— Tony Quinn (@tq85) January 15, 2020
Very excited to see this progressive rebuild in action. Nobody should be shocked if the Rapids make the playoffs, as their roster moves have been second to none in the last 12 months— theMLSguys (@themlsguys) January 15, 2020