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Rapids acquire wing Michael Barrios in trade with FC Dallas

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The Col­orado Rapids made a trade to acquire vet­er­an winger Michael Bar­rios from FC Dal­las, the club announced Wednesday.

The Rapids will be send­ing their 15th over­all pick in the MLS Super­Draft and an inter­na­tion­al spot to Dal­las in exchange for Bar­rios and the 21st over­all pick. Bar­rios is a 29-year-old attack­er from Colom­bia and one of the short­est play­ers in Major League Soc­cer at 5‑foot‑4. He spent the past six sea­sons with FC Dal­las, scor­ing 31 goals in 139 appear­ances. He was top five in the league in assists in 2017 and 2019, and was named club MVP in 2017.

“We’re excit­ed to rein­force our ros­ter with a play­er of Michael’s qual­i­ty,” Rapids exec­u­tive Pádraig Smith said. “Michael has con­sis­tent­ly been among the top chance cre­ators in this league and offers blis­ter­ing pace that’s hard to match.”

Bar­rios built a rep­u­ta­tion as an iron­man in Dal­las, where he appeared in 96 con­sec­u­tive league match­es from 2016 to 2019.

The Colom­bian arrived at FC Dal­las in 2015. Before that, he spent the first four sea­sons of his pro career play­ing for Uni­au­tono­ma in Colom­bia, where he scored 35 goals in 136 match­es. He does not have any inter­na­tion­al caps for Colombia.

Bar­rios received a U.S. green card in 2018 and will not have to take up an inter­na­tion­al ros­ter spot. He is expect­ed to be in the Rapids’ winger rota­tion along with Younes Nam­li, Jonathan Lewis, Nico­las Benezet and Bra­ian Galván. The addi­tion will allow Andre Shinyashi­ki to play his more nat­ur­al posi­tion up the mid­dle along with Diego Rubio.

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