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Rapids' Player Movements, Success with USMNT, Holiday Festivities

December 30, 2021 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Colorado Rapids News Release

In December, the Rapids stayed busy. The postseason stretch at the end of an exciting 2021 brought many hellos and goodbyes, news for the 2022 season, and an inside look into what your favorite players got up to while on break.

Player Movement

To kick off the postseason, the Rapids signed winger Michael Barrios to a one-year contract extension through the 2022 MLS season, with a club option for the 2023 season on December 2nd, 2021. Colorado also exercised the contract options for Kellyn Acosta, Mark-Anthony Kaye and Andre Shinyashiki at the beginning of the month.

On December 23rd, the Rapids acquired the MLS rights to Bryan Acosta from FC Dallas with the second selection in the Stage 2 Re-Entry Draft. The club also acquired the number two slot in the Waiver Order from Toronto FC.

A regularly-updated breakdown of all offseason player movement can be found on the official Rapids Transaction Tracker here.

Across the Pond

Overseas, Rapids youngsters Darren Yapi and Yaya Toure spent time training in North London with Arsenal. The two 17-year-old Homegrowns played the majority of the 2021 season on loan with the Colorado Springs Switchbacks.

Yapi scored two goals in 16 appearances for the Switchbacks in 2021 after signing his Homegrown contract with the Rapids in March. Toure found the back of the net three times in 22 appearances in the USL last season. He also made his MLS debut in July against the San Jose Earthquakes.

Fellow Homegrown Cole Bassett trained with the Gunners following the 2019 season.

Making USMNT History

Shortly after the Rapids' season came to a close, US head coach Gregg Berhalter announced his December camp roster, featuring three Rapids players. National team mainstay Kellyn Acosta and younger teammates Cole Bassett and Auston Trusty found their names on the list ahead of the international matchup with Bosnia & Herzegovina on December 18.

In the 1-0 victory, Homegrown Bassett made his international debut and scored the lone goal in the 89th minute. The win marked the US's 17th in a calendar year, the most in program history.

Earlier in the night, Rapids midfielder Kellyn Acosta made history of his own as he appeared for the 21st time for the US in 2021, in doing so he became the first player to hit that mark since 1994.

The Rapids on Holiday

This holiday season, Rapids players spent time with family, friends and loved ones. Vacations, engagements, and well-deserved R&R were on the off-season docket to close out a momentous 2021 and prepare for the new year.

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