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Rapids Re-Sign Goalkeeper Steward Ceus

January 4, 2013 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Colorado Rapids News Release

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Friday, January 4, 2013) - The Colorado Rapids announced on Friday that the club has re-signed goalkeeper Steward Ceus, who posted shutouts in his two MLS starts in 2012, to a new contract. The 25-year-old keeper joined the Rapids in 2009 and has also represented the Haitian National Team since 2010. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Stew has continued to improve as a player for the last several years, and proved at the end of the 2012 season that he is a capable goalkeeper in MLS," said Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo. "He is a hard worker and a great teammate, and we're pleased that he'll be returning to the Rapids in 2013."

"I'm excited to sign a new contract with the Rapids," said Ceus. "I've learned a lot over the last few years and I'm looking forward to the future here in Colorado."

Ceus made his MLS debut in 2012, entering the Rapids match on October 6 against San Jose for an injured Matt Pickens. He then started Colorado's final two games of the season, earning shutouts in 2-0 victories over Chivas USA and the Houston Dynamo. He also played in the May 29, 2012 win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the U.S. Open Cup, and five of the Rapids matches in the CONCACAF Champions League in 2011.

The Rapids' third round selection (37th overall) in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft out of the University of Albany, Ceus was a four-year starter for the Great Danes and posted 20 shutouts in 65 games (61 starts). As a senior, he posted a goals-against-average of 0.96 and was named America East Goalkeeper of the Year and a third team All-American. Ceus, whose parents were born and raised in Haiti, made his debut for the Haitian National Team in 2010 and has seven total appearances for the country.

The Rapids will start preseason on January 17, and are set to participate in the Desert Friendlies presented by Tucson FC and the Las Vegas ProSoccer Challenge against Chivas USA on February 15 as part of their preparations. To purchase season tickets for the Rapids' 2013 campaign, visit www.ColoradoRapids.com or call 303-825-GOAL.

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