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Hunter Freeman will not return to Rapids in 2013

Right back Hunter Freeman will not be a member of the Colorado Rapids next season, according to his twitter account.


The Colorado Rapids announced they re-sign someone on the day of the MLS Re-Entry Draft, but it doesn't look like that re-signing will be right back Hunter Freeman.

Freeman, one of three Rapids players eligible for the draft on Friday if not re-signed, will apparently not be returning to Colorado, according to a tweet he sent out on Thursday.

Freeman was streaky during the 2012 campaign, playing solidly as an attacking fullback but not quite as solidly on the defensive side of the ball. He ended the season with five assists in 19 appearances after taking over the starting job from Kosuke Kimura, who was eventually traded to the Portland Timbers.

Colorado's defense is now even thinner with Freeman out -- the only right back remaining on the roster is Davy Armstrong. Freeman is just the latest in a series of defenders being released by the Rapids, including Scott Palguta, Tyrone Marshall, Luis Zapata and Tyson Wahl. The team gave up 50 goals last season in one of its worst defensive years in a long time.

2012 was his second stint in Colorado after being originally drafted to the Rapids in 2005. He was picked up in last season's Re-Entry Draft by the Rapids along with Baggio Husidic.