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Drew Moor returns to Colorado Rapids, signing one-year free agent deal

The Rapids also waived Swedish defender Axel Sjöberg

Aug 14, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Toronto FC defender Drew Moor (3) plays a pass against Ottawa Fury in the first half of a Canadian Championship semi-final at BMO Field. (Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)

The restructuring of the Colorado Rapids backline continued Wednesday with the signing of free agent Drew Moor to a one-year deal, the club announced.

“Drew is someone who has meant so much to this club and we couldn’t be happier to welcome him home,” Rapids vice president and general manager Padraig Smith said in a statement. “His championship-winning experience and familiarity playing for Robin [Fraser] will be a huge asset in our locker room, especially for our young group of players.” 

Moor, who spent the last four seasons with Toronto FC, where he was part of the team that captured a treble (MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield and Canadian Championship) in 2017.  But the 35-year-old was out of contract following the 2019 season and became a free agent.

Moor returns to the Rapids after starting all but one game he appeared in during seven seasons in Colorado. He also wore the captain’s armband for three years in his first stint in Colorado.

He not only returns to Colorado, but he also reunites with Robin Fraser, his assistant coach at Toronto FC who is now the Rapids’ head coach.

“We are extremely pleased to have Drew join our team,” Fraser said. “He’s a player who has been a mainstay in the league for so long and every team he’s been on has been successful. His leadership and championship-winning experience will be extremely important to us moving forward.”

The move to sign Moor comes after the Rapids acquired Auston Trusty in a trade with the Philadelphia Union and signed Lalas Abubakar after his one-year loan stint from the Columbus Crew.

The Rapids also announced Swedish defender Axel Sjöberg was waived Wednesday. The injury-plagued 28-year-old, who was limited to seven appearances last season, earned $$179,996 in 2019, according to the MLS Players’ Association Salary Guide.

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