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Rapids 2 today announced the signing of 10 MLS NEXT Pro players to the 2022 roster, pending league and federation approval. Signing an amateur contract with Rapids 2 will allow the players, all current or former Rapids Academy products, to compete in MLS NEXT Pro competition without compromising their college eligibility.

“Our Academy, in cooperation with many of the clubs in Colorado soccer, has continually produced some very talented players. MLS Next Pro is a platform where we can challenge and evaluate these players through professional training and competition while enhancing future collegiate opportunities,” explained Brian Crookham, Rapids 2 General Manager.

The positionally balanced group includes goalkeepers Isaac Nehme and Adam Beaudry, defenders Steve Flores, Daniel Garcia and Vladimir Walent, midfielders Robinson Aguirre, Connor Miller, Maclovio Swett and Joaquin Torres and forward Nick Legendre.

Rapids 2 is an affiliate team of the Colorado Rapids playing in MLS NEXT Pro, which provides a defined pathway for youth players to reach the professional ranks. The new team will be composed of Rapids Academy products on amateur contracts, players signed directly to Rapids 2 and players on loan from the Rapids First Team. The first-ever Rapids 2 home opener is set for Sunday, March 27 at 4 p.m. MT against Sporting KC II. The full regular season will consist of 24 games, with 12 home games and 12 road games, to be followed by an eight-team playoff. The final day of the regular season will be on September 18.

TRANSACTION: Colorado Rapids 2 sign 10 players to an amateur contract in MLS NEXT Pro.

Robinson Aguirre 

Position: Midfielder

Height: 5-9

Birthdate: November 23, 2004

Birthplace: Fairfax, Virginia

Nationality: USA

Adam Beaudry

Position: Goalkeeper

Height: 5-9

Birthdate: April 18, 2006

Birthplace: O’Fallon, Missouri

Nationality: USA

Steve Flores

Position: Defender

Height: 5-7

Birthdate: November 3, 2003

Birthplace: Denver, Colorado

Nationality: USA

Daniel Garcia

Position: Defender

Height: 5-8

Birthdate: August 19, 2004

Birthplace: Fort Collins, Colorado

Nationality: USA

Nicholas Legendre

Position: Forward

Height: 5-7

Birthdate: October 2, 2003

Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico 

Nationality: USA

Connor Miller

Position: Midfielder

Height: 5-5

Birthdate: November 30, 2004

Birthplace: Harrogate, United Kingdom

Nationality: USA

Isaac Nehme

Position: Goalkeeper

Height: 5-8

Birthdate: March 22, 2004

Birthplace: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Nationality: USA

Maclovio Swett

Position: Midfielder

Height: 5-4

Birthdate: May 26, 2004

Birthplace: Denver, Colorado

Nationality: USA

Andres (Joaquin) Torres

Position: Midfielder

Height: 5-8

Birthdate: January 4, 2004

Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico 

Nationality: USA

Vladimir Walent

Position: Defender

Height: 5-6

Birthdate: April 22, 2003

Birthplace: Carrefour, Haiti

Nationality: USA/Haiti