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Rapids sign Colombian defender Zapata
February 25th, 2012 12:27AM

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[MLS TRANSACTIONS] The Colorado Rapids signed veteran left back Luis Eduardo Zapata, Oscar Pareja's second signing from his native Colombia since he took over as head coach. Zapata, nicknamed “El Morumbi,” spent eight seasons at Millonarios and has also played for Deportivo Cali, Deportivo Pereira, America de Cali and Deportivo Pasto in Colombia as well as Caracas FC in Venezuela. The Portland Timbers signed American goalkeeper Joe Bendik, who played the past two seasons in Norway with Sogndal. For all the offseason player movement ...

CHICAGO FIRE
IN:
Orr Barouch (permanent transfer, Tigres/MEX)
Jay Nolly (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Kheli Dube (New England Revolution)
Rafael Robayo (Millonarios/COL)
Federico Puppo (Danubio/URU)
Austin Berry (Univ. of Louisville)
Lucky Mkosana (Dartmouth Univ.)
Hunter Jumper (Univ. of Virginia)
OUT:
Jon Conway (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Alec Dufty (option declined)
Baggio Husidic (Colorado Rapids)
Cristian Nazarit (released)
Gabriel Ferrari (released)
Diego Chaves (Palestino/CHL)
Josip Mikulic (released)
Yamith Cuesta (released)
Mike Banner (released)

CHIVAS USA
IN:
Ryan Smith (Sporting KC)
James Riley (Montreal Impact)
Arturo Alvarez (Real Salt Lake)
Oswaldo Minda (Dep. Quito/ECU)
Miller Bolanos (LDU Quito/ECU)
Tim Melia (FC New York)
Casey Townsend (Univ. of Maryland)
Pete Vagenas (Vancouver Whitecaps)
John Alexander Valencia (Atletico Junior/COL)
Martin Iraheta (New York Cosmos)
Rauwshan McKenzie (Real Salt Lake)
Cesar Romero (Murcielagos FC/MEX)
OUT:
Zarek Valentin (Montreal Impact)
Gerson Mayen (Montreal Impact)
Justin Braun (Montreal Impact)
Paulo Nagamura (Sporting KC)
Andrew Boyens (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Chukwudi Chijindu (option declined)
Simon Elliott (free agent)
Zach Thornton (option declined)
Mariano Trujillo (option declined)
Victor Estupinan (option declined)
Michael Umana (Comunicaciones/GUA)
Marcos Modiani (free agent)
Sergio Arias (free agent)
Arturo Alvarez (Pacos de Ferreira/POR)
Bryan de la Fuenta (Tijuana)

COLORADO RAPIDS
IN:
Baggio Husidic (Chicago Fire)
Hunter Freeman (Houston Dynamo)
Jaime Castrillon (Independiente Medellin/COL)
Tony Cascio (Univ. of Connecticut)
Martin Rivero (Rosario Central/ARG)
Luis Zapata (Pasto/COL)
OUT:
Sanna Nyassi (Montreal Impact)
Mike Holody (option declined)
Baggio Husidic (Hammarby/SWE)
Caleb Folan (released)
Macoumba Kandji (Houston Dynamo)

COLUMBUS CREW
IN:
Carlos Mendes (New York Red Bulls)
Matt Lampson (homegrown: Ohio State Univ.)
Milovan Mirosevic (Univ. Catolica/CHL)
Olman Vargas (Herediano/CRC)
Ben Speas (homegrown: Univ. of North Carolina)
Ethan Finlay (Creighton Univ.)
Aubrey Perry (USF)
Kevan George (UCF)
OUT:
Josh Gardner (Montreal Impact)
Santiago Prim (waived)
Dejan Rusmir (waived)
Andres Mendoza (Atlante/MEX)
Jeff Cunningham (Comunicaciones/GUA)
Alex Riggs (option declined)
Kevin Burns (option declined)
Ben Sippola (option declined)
Robbie Rogers (Leeds United/ENG)
Emmanuel Ekpo (Molde/NOR)

D.C. UNITED
IN:
Robbie Russell (Real Salt Lake)
Maicon Santos (FC Dallas)
Nick DeLeon (Univ. of Louisville)
Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo)
Emiliano Dudar (Young Boys/SWI)
Hamdi Salihi (Rapid Vienna/AUT)
Marcelo Saragosa (Ravan Baku/AZE)
Andrew Dykstra (Charleston Battery)
OUT:
Brandon Barklage (option declined)
Marc Burch (Seattle Sounders)
Steve Cronin (option declined)
Devon McTavish (retired)
Joseph Ngwenya (option declined)
Santino Quaranta (retired)
Clyde Simms (New England Revolution)
Jed Zayner (option declined)
Charlies Davies (loan return, Sochaux/FRA)
Blake Brettschneider (waived)

FC DALLAS
IN:
Blas Perez (Tigres/MEX)
Hernan Pertuz (Inde. Medellin/COL)
Matt Hedges (Univ. of North Carolina)
Carlos Rodriguez (FC Tauro/PAN)
OUT:
Edson Edward (waived)
Jeremy Hall (Toronto FC)
Maykel Galindo (option declined)
Maicon Santos (D.C. United)
Marvin Chavez (San Jose Earthquakes)
Jackson (on loan to Cruzeiro)
Daniel Cruz (waived)

HOUSTON DYNAMO
IN:
Luiz Camargo (permanent transfer, Parana/BRA)
Nathan Sturgis (Toronto FC)
Colin Rolfe (Univ. of Louisville)
Warren Creavalle (USF)
Macoumba Kandji (Colorado Rapids)
Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo)
Erich Marscheider (Colorado Rush)
OUT:
Brian Ching (Montreal Impact)
Francisco Navas Cobos (waived)
Evan Newton (waived)
Hunter Freeman (Colorado Rapids)
Jason Garey (option declined)
Eddie Robinson (retired)
Danny Cruz (D.C. United)
Carlo Costly (loan return, Atlas/MEX)

LOS ANGELES GALAXY
IN:
Andrew Boyens (Chivas USA)
Chris Leitch (San Jose Earthquakes)
Pat Noonan (Seattle Sounders)
Jon Conway (Chicago Fire)
Marcelo Sarvas (Alajuelense/CRC)
Jose Villarreal (homegrown: Los Angeles Galaxy acad.)
Nick Noble (Ljungskile/SWE)
Leonardo (permanent transfer, Sao Paulo/BRA)
Tommy Meyer (Indiana Univ.)
Kenny Walker (Univ. of Louisville)
Yuri Gorentzvaig (Flamengo/BRA)
Kyle Nakazawa (Philadelphia Union)
Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt/GER)
Juninho (loan extended, Sao Paulo/BRA)
OUT:
Gregg Berhalter (retired)
Donovan Ricketts (Montreal Impact)
Landon Donovan (on loan, Everton/ENG)
Jon Conway (retired)
Robbie Keane (on loan, Aston Villa/ENG)
Chris Birchall (waived)
Dasan Robinson (retired)
Sean Alvarado (waived)
Frankie Hejduk (waived)
Jovan Kirovski (retired)
Yuri Gorentzvaig (released)

MONTREAL IMPACT
IN:
Nelson Rivas (Inter Milan/ITA)
Evan Bush (Montreal NASL)
Hassoun Camara (Montreal NASL)
Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Montreal NASL)
Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo)
Zarek Valentin (Chivas USA)
Justin Mapp (Philadelphia Union)
Bobby Burling (San Jose Earthquakes)
Jeb Brovsky (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Collen Warner (Real Salt Lake)
Josh Gardner (Columbus Crew)
Sanna Nyassi (Colorado Rapids)
Seth Sinovic (Sporting KC)
James Riley (Seattle Sounders)
Tyson Wahl (Seattle Sounders)
Gerson Mayen (Chivas USA)
Justin Braun (Chivas USA)
Bryan Arguez (Ft. Lauderdale Strikers)
Davy Arnaud (Sporting KC)
Donovan Ricketts (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Ian Westlake (Montreal NASL)
Miguel Montano (permanent transfer, Seattle Sounders)
Greg Sutton (New York Red Bulls)
Patrice Bernier (Lyngby/DEN)
Felipe Martins (FC Lugano/SWI)
Andrew Wenger (Duke Univ.)
Callum Mallace (Marquette Univ.)
Gienir Garcia (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Shavar Thomas (Sporting KC)
Eddie Johnson (Fulham/ENG)
Eduardo Sebrango F (Montreal NASL)
OUT:
James Riley (Chivas USA)
Seth Sinovic (Sporting KC)
Ryan Pore (option declined)
Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo)
Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders)

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
IN:
Danleigh Borman (Toronto FC)
Nate Jaqua (Seattle Sounders)
Clyde Simms (D.C. United)
Kelyn Rowe (UCLA)
Tyler Polak (Creighton Univ.)
John Lozano (America de Cali/COL)
Fernando Cardenas (America de Cali/COL)
Jose Moreno (Once Caldas/COL)
Saer Sene (Bayern Munich II/GER)
OUT:
Alan Koger (waived)
Otto Loewy (waived)
Andrew Sousa (waived)
Ryan Cochrane (option declined)
Kheli Dube (Chicago Fire)
Pat Phelan (option declined)
Franco Coria (loan return, Chacarita Juniors/ARG)
Milton Caraglio (loan return, Rosario Central/ARG)
Moncerf Zerka (waived)
Rajko Lekic (Rajko Lekic)

NEW YORK RED BULLS
IN:
Connor Lade (homegrown: St. John's Univ.)
Jonathan Borrajo (Ham-Kam/NOR)
Markus Holgersson (Helsingborg/SWE)
Kenny Cooper (Portland Timbers)
Jeremy Vuolo (AC Oulu/FIN)
Wilman Conde (Atlas/MEX)
Ryan Meara (Fordham Univ.)
Victor Palsson (Hibernian/SCO)
OUT:
Alex Horwath (waived)
Mychel Jones (waived)
Tyler Lassiter (waived)
Marcos Paullo (waived)
John Rooney (waived)
Teddy Schneider (waived)
Chris Albright (option declined)
Bouna Coundoul (option declined)
Carlos Mendes (Columbus Crew)
Greg Sutton (Montreal Impact)
Carl Robinson (retired)
Frank Rost (waived)
Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers/ENG)
Sacir Hot (waived)
Matt Kassel (waived)

PHILADELPHIA UNION
IN:
Nizar Khalfan (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Josue Martinez (Saprissa/CRC)
Jimmy McLaughlin (homegrown: Colgate Univ.)
Gabriel Gomez (La Equidad/PAN)
Porfirio Lopez (Dalian Haichang/CHN)
Chandler Hoffman (UCLA)
Greg Jordan (Creighton Univ.)
Raymon Gaddis (West Virginia Univ.)
Jeremy Vuolo (AC Oulu/FIN)
Roger Torres (permanent transfer, America de Cali/COL)
Lionard Pajoy (Itagui Ditaires/COL)
OUT:
Justin Mapp (Montreal Impact)
Juan Diego Gonzalez (waived)
Thorne Holder (waived)
Chase Harrison (option declined)
Stefani Miglioranzi (option declined)
Levi Houapeu (option declined)
Morgan Langley (option declined)
Ryan Richter (option declined)
Joe Tait (option declined)
Veljko Paunovic (retired)
Faryd Mondragon (Deportivo Cali/COL)
Sebastien Le Toux (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Kyle Nakazawa (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Nizar Khalfan (waived)

PORTLAND TIMBERS
IN:
Jose Adolfo Valencia (Inde. Santa Fe/COL)
Brent Richards (homegrown: Univ. of Washington)
Hanyer Mosquera (La Equidad/COL)
Kris Boyd (Eskisehirspor/TUR)
Andrew Jean-Baptiste (Univ. of Connecticut)
Brendan King (Univ. of Notre Dame)
Charles Renken (Hoffenheim II/GER)
Franck Songo'o (Albacete/SPA)
Joe Bendik (Sogndal/NOR)
OUT:
Kevin Goldthwaite (retired)
Adin Brown (option declined)
Rodrigo Lopez (option declined)
Peter Lowry (option declined)
Spencer Thompson (option declined)
Brian Umony (option declined)
Kenny Cooper (New York Red Bulls)

REAL SALT LAKE
IN:
Yordany Alvarez (permanent transfer, Orlando City)
Enzo Martinez (Univ. of North Carolina)
Diogo de Almeida (SMU)
Sebastian Velasquez (Spartanburg Methodist College)
Lalo Fernandez (homegrown: Penarol/URU)
Jonny Steele (FC Tampa Bay)
OUT:
Collen Warner (Montreal Impact)
Tim Melia (waived)
Robby Russell (D.C. United)
Jean Alexandre (San Jose Earthquakes)
Arturo Alvarez (Chivas USA)
Blake Wagner (option declined)
Nelson Gonzalez (option declined)
Rauwshan McKenzie (Chivas USA)
Andy Williams (retired)
Chris Agorsor F (Released)
Donny Toia M (Released)

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
IN:
Shea Salinas (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Jean Alexandre (Real Salt Lake)
Marvin Chavez (FC Dallas)
Victor Bernardez (Anderlecht/BEL)
Sam Garza (UC Santa Barbara)
Jacob Hustedt (Univ. of Washington)
Chris Blais (USF)
Sercan Guvenisik (Preussen Muenster/GER)
Tressor Moreno (Wanderers/CHL)
Simon Dawkins (permanent transfer, Tottenham/ENG)
OUT:
Bobby Burling (Montreal Impact)
Bobby Convey (Sporting KC)
Chris Leitch (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Andre Luiz (option declined)
Jacob Peterson (Sporting KC)
Scott Sealy (option declined)
Andrew Weber (option declined)

SEATTLE SOUNDERS
IN:
Michael Gspurning (Skoda Xanthi/GRE)
Marc Burch (D.C. United)
Adam Johansson (IFK Gothenburg/SWE)
Christian Sivebaek (Vejle/DEN)
Andrew Duran (Creighton Univ.)
Babayele Sodade (UAB)
Jason Banton (Leicester City/ENG)
Cordell Cato (Defence Force/TRI)
Eddie Johnson (Montreal Impact)
OUT:
Kasey Keller  (retired)
James Riley (Montreal Impact)
Tyson Wahl (Montreal Impact)
Terry Boss (retired)
Taylor Graham (retired)
Nate Jaqua (New England Revolution)
Pat Noonan (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Miguel Montano (Montreal Impact)
Erik Friberg (Malmo/SWE)

SPORTING KC
IN:
Seth Sinovic (Montreal Impact)
Paulo Nagamura (Chivas USA)
Bobby Convey (San Jose Earthquakes)
Dom Dwyer (USF)
Cyprian Hedrick (Coastal Carolina Univ.)
Michael Thomas (Ljungskile/SWE)
Jacob Peterson (San Jose Earthquakes)
OUT:
Ryan Smith (Chivas USA)
Seth Sinovic (Montreal Impact)
Scott Lorenz (waived)
Jeferson (waived)
Craig Rocastle (waived)
Milos Stojcev (waived)
Davy Arnaud (Montreal Impact)
Shavar Thomas (Montreal Impact)
Omar Bravo (Cruz Azul/MEX)
Daneil Cyrus (waived)

TORONTO FC
IN:
Jeremy Hall (FC Dallas)
Reggie Lambe (Ipswich Town/ENG)
Richard Eckersley (permanent transfer, Burnley/ENG)
Luis Silva (UC Santa Barbara)
Aaron Maund (Univ. of Notre Dame)
Geovanny Caicedo (LDU Quito/ECU)
Miguel Aceval (Universidad de Concepcion/CHL)
OUT:
Matt Gold (waived)
Demitrius Omphroy (waived)
Kyle Davies (waived)
Leandre Griffit (waived)
Javier Martina (waived)
Eddy Viator (waived)
Gianluca Zavarise (waived)
Danleigh Borman (New England Revolution)
Nathan Sturgis (Houston Dynamo)
Mikael Yourassowsky (waived)
Peri Marosevic (waived)
Andy Iro (waived)

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS
IN:
Bryce Alderson (homegrown: Vancouver Whitecaps acad.)
Lee Young-Pyo (Al-Hilal/RSA)
Lee Nguyen (Becamex Binh Duong/VIE)
Matt Watson (Carolina Railhawks)
Darren Mattocks (Univ. of Akron)
Chris Estridge (Indiana Univ.)
Gienir Garcia (Cruz Azul Hidalgo/MEX)
Martin Bonjour (Rampa Juniors/URU)
Jun Marques Davidson (Tokushima Vortis/JPN)
Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union)
Barry Robson (Middlesbrough/ENG)
Greg Klazura (Univ. of Notre Dame)
OUT:
Jeb Brovsky (Montreal Impact)
Alex Morfaw (waived)
Nizar Khalfan (Philadelphia Union)
Bilal Duckett (waived)
Omar Elmasri (loan return, Tigres/MEX)
Shea Salinas (San Jose Earthquakes)
Greg Janicki (option declined)
Jonathan Leathers (free agent)
Jay Nolly (Chicago Fire)
Peter Vagenas (Chivas USA)
Gienir Garcia (Montreal Impact)
Mustapha Jarju (contract terminated)
Philippe Davies (option declined)
Chris Estridge (Indiana Univ.)



1 comment
  1. Marc Silverstein
    commented on: February 27, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.
    Rost retired...just for the record


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