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Rapids Acquire Macoumba Kandji in Trade with New York

September 14, 2010 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Colorado Rapids News Release

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Tuesday, September 14, 2010) - The Colorado Rapids have acquired forward Macoumba Kandji in a trade with the New York Red Bulls, the club announced today.

In exchange, Colorado send midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy to New York.

A three-year veteran, Kandji joins the Rapids having played his entire Major League Soccer career in New York after being signed by the Red Bulls on September 15, 2008 from the Atlanta Silverbacks of USL-1. Kandji has appeared in 41 games with 30 starts with New York and scored six goals and registered seven assists in 2,814 minutes of action.

A tall, quick and athletic forward, Kandji has the ability and willingness to take on any defender. The Senegalese standout has appeared in 13 games, eight as a starter, and tallied one goal in 2010.

Acquired by the Rapids in a trade with Real Salt Lake on July 16, 2007, Ballouchy leaves Colorado having played in 77 games for the club and scoring seven goals adding 18 assists. This season, he appeared in 21 games with 19 starts and recorded a career-high three goals and a team-high tying five assists.

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