Colorado Rapids move excites Ghana defender Kofi Opare

Ghana and former DC United defender Kofi Opare says he is excited to be a new member of Major League Soccer (MLS) side Colorado Rapids.

The Rapids Soccer Club this week announced the signing of the defender who spent five seasons at DC united to a one-year contract.

“I am really excited to be a member of the Colorado Rapids and I am obviously looking forward to the new season, to be successful, play more games and help the team to the Postseason.

“Fans of Colorado Rapids should expect hard work from me. Every time I step on the field or training, I am going to work as hard as I can. I will try to be a leader and lead by example on and off the field”, he noted.

Rapids Executive Vice President & General Manager, Pádraig Smith sees Kofi as a “talented centerback who will help bring depth and experience to our back line”.

“He has spent the majority of preseason training with the team, so he has already integrated himself into our group and has adapted well to our style of play and tactics”, the Executive Vice President & General Manager.

While at D.C. United, Opare, made 65 appearances, 62 from the start, scoring three goals and notching one assist. Last season Opare featured in 11 matches and logged 863 minutes as D.C. United reached the Knockout Round of the 2018 MLS Playoffs.

A native of Mampong, Ghana, Opare was drafted in the second round (No. 24 overall) in the 2013 SuperDraft by the LA Galaxy. Opare made 12 appearances and struck one goal in his two seasons with the Galaxy.

The 6-foot-2 defender attended the University of Michigan from 2009-12 where he ranks 13th overall in matches played with 76. In 2009 he was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team and to the Second Team All-Big Ten in 2011.

The Ghanaian defender who has spent a long time in the United States will be added to the Rapids roster as a domestic player.
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