The Major League Soccer secondary transfer window was open less than 24 hours before the Colorado Rapids started shaking things up.
The Rapids traded midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye to Toronto FC for a haul that includes $1.025 million in General Allocation Money (GAM), a 2023 international roster spot, Toronto’s 2023 first-round MLS SuperDraft pick and a midfield prospect.
The prospect is Ralph Priso, a highly-rated Canadian youth international defensive midfielder.
The Rapids will receive $350,000 in 2022 GAM, $425,000 in 2023 GAM and an additional $250,000 in either 2023 or 2024 depending on Kaye’s roster status. Both clubs will retain sell-on percentages for Priso and Kaye.
“Mark played an important part in our team’s rise to the top of the West last season and was a model representative of our club off the pitch. We’re grateful to him for his contributions and wish him all the best in this next chapter of his career,” Rapids general manager Pádraig Smith said in a statement.
Kaye, a Toronto native and Canadian international, also played under Bob Bradley at LAFC. He joined the Rapids 11 months ago in July 2021.The Rapids paid $1 million in GAM and an international spot to acquire him — viewed as a sizable chunk for an intra-MLS trade.
Over the offseason, Kaye signed a four-year contract extension through 2025 with a club option for 2026. He was the second-highest paid player on the team at $700,000, according to the MLS Players’ Association salary guide. He made 32 appearances, scoring four times and assisting twice for the Burgundy Boys.
The flip side? Priso is one to watch for. The 19-year-old Ontario native is close to breaking in with the Canadian senior national team and is viewed as a strong prospect. Priso has played 10 times for TFC in 2022, with four starts and six appearances off the bench totaling 243 minutes.
Eight players who played a key role in the Rapids’ 2021 Western Conference regular season-winning team have since left. Kellyn Acosta (LAFC), Dominic Badji (Cincinnati FC), Andre Shinyashiki (Charlotte FC) and now Kaye (Toronto) are now on different MLS clubs, while Cole Bassett, Sam Vines, Auston Trusty and Mezquida are now abroad (Europe).
The new-look Rapids (5-8-4, 19 points) currently sit in 12th in the West but will look to get off to a strong start in the second half of the season. But it won’t be easy with three games in eight days on the horizon. First up will be the second leg of the Rocky Mountain Cup against Real Salt Lake, 8 p.m. MDT, Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
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