COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – Following the conclusion of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft, the Colorado Rapids continued their roster building process signing two new homegrown players on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s signings included 21-year-old defender and Wake Forest product Sam Raben and 18-year-old forward Matt Hundley, from UCLA.
In his senior season, Raben, a 6-foot-1 centerback, anchored a Demon Deacons defense that ended its 2018 campaign one game short of the College Cup with a 1-0 loss to runners-up Akron.
Hundley played one collegiate season, ending the 2018 with team highs in goals (five), assists (seven), points (17), shots (46), shots on goal (24), and game-winning goals (two).
Both played as teammates in the Rapids U-18/U-19 development academy and Hundley is currently taking part in this month’s US youth national teams January camp in Florida under Tab Ramos as part of the U-19 squad.
“Today we take another step forward with the signings of Colorado natives Sam Raben and Matt Hundley,” said Colorado Rapids’ Executive Vice President and General Manager Pádraig Smith. “With the support of their families and our academy coaches both of these young men take the next step in their professional careers.”
Raben and Hundley join midfielders Dillon Serna and Cole Bassett as well as centerback Kortne Ford in the crop of homegrown players currently on Colorado’s senior team roster.
“[Developing young players] is what we want to be known for,” said Smith. “We want to have talented young players in this state who are motivated to play for the Rapids. [Players] who know this is a place to come, this is a place to be successful.”