Colorado Rapids acquire forward Atiba Harris in trade with Vancouver Whitecaps

Harry How

The Rapids have traded an international slot to the Vancouver Whitecaps for the journeyman MLS forward.

It was very busy in the MLS transfer market, especially if you happen to be a fan of the Portland Timbers or Real Salt Lake. The Colorado Rapids elected to only make a single move, though, trading an international slot for Vancouver Whitecaps forward Atiba Harris.

Rapids fans will likely remember Harris best from the 2010 MLS Cup final, where he started in the center forward position for Dallas in their 4-5-1 formation and didn't do much of anything. Harris' numbers through his career are a bit pedestrian, putting up 17 goals and 19 assists in 138 appearances for Real Salt Lake, Dallas and Vancouver. The move is likely one for depth, considering the team has said this offseason that they are seeking a Designated Player on the offense to try and bang in the goals.

Harris is the first player pick-up of the offseason for Colorado, who let eight players go a few weeks back after declining their contracts or agreeing to mutual termination, in Conor Casey's case. Harris will fill one of the holes on the roster left by Casey and Edu's departure.

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