Colorado Rapids: Kellyn Acosta traded to LAFC, Cole Bassett set for loan to Feyenoord

Kellyn Acosta, who played in a team-high 21 of the USA's 22 international matches in 2021, has been traded by the Colorado Rapids to LAFC.

Acosta, 26, had been expected to leave the Rapids after helping them finish first in the Western Conference, but he had hoped to move abroad.

In a tweet later deleted, he said "this narrative is sad" and the Rapids pushed him out. "They had an offer for me on the table from abroad and ongoing interests and opted to trade me…"

He later tweeted to thank Colorado fans (below) and sent a tweet directed at LAFC fans, saying he will "give everything I have for the black & gold!"


The Athletic reported that, according to a Rapids spokesperson, Colorado did not have on offer on the table for Acosta at the time the trade was agreed to but over three hours later, it received an email from a club in Europe asking for a one-year free loan with an option to buy.

LAFC will pay the Rapids $1.1 million in GAM -- $550,000 each in 2022 and 2023 -- and an additional $400,000 in GAM if certain performance metrics are met. Colorado will also receive a percentage of a future fee if Acosta is sold abroad or traded within MLS.

“Kellyn is a player that has all the attributes necessary to play how we want in the midfield,” LAFC co-president and general manager John Thorrington said. “He provides versatility and ability to help our team immediately. He is in his prime, a fixture in our national team, and offers the MLS experience we sought in the off-season.”

LAFC needs help in midfield, having sold former MLS Best XI pick Eduard Atuesta to Brazil's Palmeiras in December. Last summer, it traded Canadian midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye to the Rapids. It returns Latif Blessing and Jose Cifuentes in midfield and just signed Ilie Sanchez from Sporting KC.

Bassett leaves USMNT camp ...

Acosta is at the U.S. training camp in Phoenix. Rapids teammate Cole Bassett left the camp on Wednesday to prepare for a move abroad. The Dutch soccer magazine Voetbal International reported that the 20-year-old Bassett will join Dutch club Feyenoord next week. The Athletic reported that the agreement is an 18-month loan with a purchase option.

6 comments about "Colorado Rapids: Kellyn Acosta traded to LAFC, Cole Bassett set for loan to Feyenoord".
  1. oswaldo rodriguez, January 15, 2022 at 6:43 p.m.

    Good club for Cole develop into more complete player.

  2. John DiFiore, January 15, 2022 at 7:52 p.m.

    Acosta needs to be in Europe...SAD

  3. Santiago 1314 replied, January 16, 2022 at 3:06 a.m.

    Just NOT Good enough sorry... Love the Person, Love the Passion, Hate the Skills.
    We Must do better, if we are to Get Ahead with the USMNT,
    At 26... Improvement is Unlikely.

  4. Wooden Ships replied, January 16, 2022 at 10:20 a.m.

    Agreed

  5. oswaldo rodriguez, January 17, 2022 at 1:42 p.m.

    Sorry, but Acosta is not best DM in MLS and Acosta below average in Qualifiers for USNT.

  6. frank schoon, January 18, 2022 at 10:32 a.m.

    Perhaps it will improve Cole Basset. I don't know a thing about him, never heard of him but playing in Holland perhaps the style they play there will benefit his development...we know what will happpen if he goes to Germany,England or Scotland....

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