COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – The Colorado Rapids enter the 2019 season on the back of an extensive roster overhaul and the team’s front office is hoping it will pay off not just this season, but for the long-term future of the club.
The Rapids announced three-year contract extensions for midfielders Kellyn Acosta and Diego Rubio, as well as defender Keegan Rosenberry on Wednesday.
“We are pleased to announce contract extensions for these three key players,” Rapids executive vice president and GM Pádraig Smith said in a club statement. “We targeted these players over the past 12 months and in Kellyn, Keegan and Diego we have players who have a demonstrated track record of production in MLS and who fit our style of play perfectly. As they enter their prime we believe they will be key contributors for us in the coming years. These deals demonstrate our club’s commitment to investing in talented young players and building a strong core, and highlight the confidence that these players have in our future.”
Acosta has been lauded as a key piece to the Rapids’ future since joining the club last summer from FC Dallas, contributing two goals and three assists in 12 MLS matches last season. Previous reports outline that Acosta’s re-structured deal could pay him upward of $800,000 per season.
“I’m excited to stay in Colorado and continue our push to win another MLS Cup,” said Acosta. “We’re building something special here and I want to thank the Rapids for believing in me and making me part of the long-term future of the club.”
Rubio, 25, joined the Rapids from Sporting Kansas City in a three-way deal which also sent left back Edgar Castillo to New England and midfielder Kelyn Rowe to SKC.
In 20 appearance with Kansas City last season, Rubio averaged 0.92 goals per 90 minutes, a stat which rivaled top strikers in MLS such as Josef Martinez (0.96) and Zlatan Ibrahimović (0.92).
“I’m very happy that the club trusts in what I can do,” said Rubio. “We have a strong group here and I am focused on delivering the goals we need to help us achieve our aim of bringing another MLS Cup back to Colorado.”
Rosenberry, 25, spent the entirety of his professional career with the Philadelphia Union before joining Colorado in December in exchange for $150,000 in General Allocation Money, $50,000 in Targeted Allocation Money and an additional $100,000 in GAM for the 2020 season. Philadelphia will also receive an additional $100,000 in GAM for the 2020 season, should the defender reach specified performance metrics.
“I’m excited about the future here with the Rapids,” said Rosenberry. “I believe in what we’re building and I’m ready to get to work and play in front of the Rapids supporters for years to come.”
A 2016 MLS All-Star, Rosenberry was recently selected along with Acosta to the U.S. Men’s National Team’s recent January camp.
Both Rubio and Rosenberry signed three-year extensions effective with the 2020 season. The Rapids will kick off their 2019 campaign against the Portland Timbers at home on March 2.