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.”