Rapids acquire wing Michael Barrios in trade with FC Dallas – The Denver Post

The Colorado Rapids made a deal to take over veteran winger Michael Barrios from FC Dallas, the club said on Wednesday.

The Rapids are sending their 15th overall selection in the MLS SuperDraft and an international spot to Dallas in exchange for Barrios and 21st overall selection. Barrios is a 29-year-old attacker from Colombia and one of the shortest players in Major League Soccer at 5-foot-4. He has spent the last six seasons at FC Dallas, scoring 31 goals in 139 games. He was in the top five in the League of Assists in 2017 and 2019 and was named the club’s MVP in 2017.

“We are delighted to have a player of Michael’s quality added to our squad,” said Pádraig Smith, Rapids CEO. “Michael has consistently been one of the best opportunity creators in the league and offers a rapid pace that is difficult to achieve.”

Barrios made a name for himself in Dallas as the Ironman, where he appeared in 96 consecutive league games from 2016 to 2019.

The Colombian joined FC Dallas in 2015. Before that, he played in the first four seasons of his professional career for Uniautonoma in Colombia, where he scored 35 goals in 136 games. He has no internationals for Colombia.

Barrios received a US Green Card in 2018 and does not have to take an international squad position. He is expected to play in the Rapids’ wing rotation alongside Younes Namli, Jonathan Lewis, Nicolas Benezet and Braian Galván. The addition will allow Andre Shinyashiki to play his more natural center position alongside Diego Rubio.

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