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Colorado Rapids add Danish midfielder Younes Namli as Designated Player

The 25-year-old Dutch midfielder had one goal and one assist in 18 appearances for Krasnodar this season

Younes Namli (left) competes for Krasnodar against Moscow in the Russian Premier League at the VTB Arena.

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – The Colorado Rapids have signed attacking midfielder Younes Namli on loan, with a club option to buy, the club announced Wednesday.

The Danish attacking midfielder fills one of the three vacant Designated Player slots the Rapids have entering the preseason.

“Younes is a talented and technically gifted playmaker that we’ve had our sights on for the past two years,” Colorado Rapids Executive VP of Operations and GM Pádraig Smith said in a statement.  “He’s been a consistently strong performer in the Eredivisie, a league we believe translates well to MLS, and has shown a great ability on the ball and in creating clear scoring opportunities for his teammates as well as getting on the scoresheet himself. We’re excited to finally have him join the club and expect him to be a difference maker for us.”

The 25-year-old has spent his career playing in The Netherlands, Denmark, and Russia, with clubs AB, Heerenveen, PEC Zwolle as well as Russian Premier League club FC Krasnodar, scoring 16 goals in 165 appearances across seven seasons.

Namli joins Colorado as the second international signing the club has announced this week. The Rapids added former Toronto FC midfielder Nicola Benezet yesterday in another move bolstering the team’s attack.

Colorado now has two Designated Player spots ahead of its preseason, which begins next week.

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