The Colorado Rapids exercised four contract options while declining eight on Tuesday afternoon in the club’s first major player personnel moves of the off-season.
Defender Deklan Wynne, midfielders Kellyn Acosta and Dillon Serna, and forward Niki Jackson all had their contract options picked up for the 2019 season.
However, contract options were declined for defenders Kip Colvey and Mike da Fonte, midfielders Giles Barnes, Sam Hamilton, Enzo Martinez and Ricardo Perez, and forwards Caleb Calvert and Jack McBean.
The club did not exercise a purchase option on defender Edgar Castillo’s contract from C.F. Monterrey, though contract negotiations are still taking place.
Meanwhile, 14 players were already under contract heading into 2019. Goalkeepers Tim Howard and Zac MacMath; defenders Kortne Ford, Marlon Hairston, Axel Sjöberg, Tommy Smith, Sam Vines, and Danny Wilson; midfielders, Cole Bassett, Nana Boateng, Johan Blomberg, Sam Nicholson, and Jack Price; and forward Shkëlzen Gashi all had guaranteed contracts for next season.
Goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra and forward Yannick Boli are both out of contract as of Jan. 1.
The Rapids got some decent mileage out of some of their roster cuts in 2018. For example, McBean and Martinez combined accounted for 44 appearances last season. Meanwhile, Giles Barnes only played in 12 games, but is considered a league veteran. Boli also scored two goals in 17 appearances.
The 2019 Colorado Rapids roster as of Tuesday, Nov. 27 is comprised of 18 players:
Goalkeepers (2): Tim Howard, Zac MacMath
Defenders (7): Kortne Ford, Marlon Hairston, Axel Sjöberg, Tommy Smith, Sam Vines, Danny Wilson, Deklan Wynne
Midfielders (7): Kellyn Acosta, Cole Bassett, Nana Boateng, Johan Blomberg, Sam Nicholson, Jack Price, Dillon Serna
Forwards (2): Shkëlzen Gashi, Niki Jackson