UPDATE (July 27, 2 p.m. ET) – The move became official Tuesday afternoon, with Mark-Anthony Kaye scheduled to join Colorado from LAFC once Canada’s race to the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup is over.
“We are delighted to welcome Mark-Anthony to the club and strengthen our midfield with a player of his quality,” Padraig Smith, executive vice president and general manager of the Rapids, said in a statement. “He’s been one of the best central midfielders in the league over the past few years and has been instrumental in the success of the teams he’s been a part of. We can’t wait to see him fit into our squad as we move into the second half of the season and continue our efforts for a playoff spot.
Colorado sent $ 1 million in general allowance money (GAM) and a place on the 2022 international roster to LAFC for a first-round pick in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft. LAFC will also receive an additional GAM if Kaye achieves certain incentives. performance-based.
“Mark has been an incredible player and ambassador for LAFC since helping launch this club in 2018,” LAFC Co-President and CEO John Thorrington said in a statement. “He has become a leader on and off the pitch and will always be remembered as a fundamental part of our club. We are grateful for all of his contributions and we will remember him and wish him and his wife Rachel all the best in Colorado.
ORIGINAL (July 27, 12 p.m. ET) – The Colorado Rapids acquired midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye in a successful LAFC trade, sources told MLSsoccer.com.
LAFC will receive $ 1 million in general allowance money, a 2022 international spotlight, and other incentives. Colorado will also receive LAFC’s 2022 SuperDraft first-round pick. The deal includes a 10% sale to LAFC if Colorado sells it overseas, which would only come after $ 1 million.
Kaye, 26, has been a full member of LAFC since its inaugural campaign. The former USL star player made 77 league appearances (71 starts) for the Black & Gold, including 31 in their record-breaking campaign in 2019. He has nine goals and 18 assists in his MLS career so far. now.
The all-in-action left-footed midfielder is currently with Canada at the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup and has two goals in 22 caps for his country.
Kaye will fit directly into Robin Fraser’s strongest XI available and provide the club with a formidable midfield group consisting of Kaye, Kellyn Acosta, Jack Price and Cole Bassett. Designated player Younes Namli can also play center or away and is expected to return from ankle surgery within the next two months.
LAFC initially signed Kaye to the USL Louisville City Championship side ahead of his inaugural campaign. Kaye signed a contract extension in 2018, which included a club option for 2022. Without Kaye, LAFC’s midfielder body is still strong with Eduard Atuesta, Latif Blessing, Jose Cifuentes and Francisco Ginella. Acquired GAM can help with other movements.
Kaye is the latest major intra-MLS addition by the Rapids in recent years. The Western Conference club traded to Acosta, Michael Barrios (FC Dallas), Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC), Diego Rubio (Sporting Kansas City), Auston Trusty, Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union) and Lalas Abubakar (Columbus Crew) ).
Colorado, a playoff team in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, sit fourth in the Western Conference standings heading into MLS Week 16. They have 24 points in 14 games (record 7V-4L-3D).