MLS Moves: A year after breakout season, Acosta traded to Rapids

A year ago, Kellyn Acosta was a mainstay on the U.S. national team, starting in midfield when it tied Mexico, 1-1, in World Cup qualifying at Azteca Stadium and won the Gold Cup.

On Monday, he was traded to the Colorado Rapids, the third worst team in MLS, from FC Dallas after being unable to secure a starting job for the Western Conference leaders.

Acosta is still only 22, having joined FC Dallas six years ago from its academy program, but it is a big fall for the midfielder.

The injury. Acosta played 32 of 34 games when FC Dallas won the 2016 Supporters' Shield and had been instrumental in FC Dallas reaching the semifinals of the 2017 Concacaf Champions League. But he was slowed by a sports hernia injury that required surgery in the offseason.

When he returned, he was unable to regain his starting spot in midfield at FC Dallas, which was beginning to win again with Victor Ulloa and Jacori Hayes sharing time in midfield alongside Carlos Gruezo.

The trade. FC Dallas gets striker Dominique Badji (seven goals in 16 games in 2018) and an international roster spot from the Rapids. The two clubs also will swap first-round picks in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft, while Colorado will also acquire FCD's second-round pick. In addition, both teams will retain 50 percent of any international transfer value through the 2020 secondary transfer window.
Rapids executive vice president and general Manager Padraig Smith:

“Kellyn Acosta is one of the bright young players in U.S. Soccer. His versatility in the midfield and ability to control games, get forward and break lines is something that will help this team both this season and in years to come.”

2 comments about "MLS Moves: A year after breakout season, Acosta traded to Rapids".
  1. R2 Dad, July 24, 2018 at 12:31 a.m.

    If KA has his sights set on a transfer to Europe, maybe he should, I don't know, learn the language of the country he wants to transfer to. If he doesn't have a Euro passport, and he doesn't speak the language, he's going to have a much harder time getting a transfer over there. Weston M. had both, which greatly facilitated his move to Schalke.

  2. uffe gustafsson, July 24, 2018 at 8:41 p.m.

    Huh ,he got transferred to Colorado they speak English. And USA passport will be good.LOL

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