Monday, August 31, 2009

Ihemelu Leaves Rapids; Moor Signed From Dallas

Well, that was a bit of a shock. Having pondered this morning who would be Baudet's first choice partner in central defense, the Rapids obviously have their eye on Drew Moor rather than Ugo Ihemelu to solve that conundrum.
Press release from the Rapids:
The Colorado Rapids have acquired defender Drew Moor in a trade with FC Dallas, the club announced today. Along with Moor, the Rapids receive Dallas’ natural second round pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft and allocation money. Per club and league policies, terms of the allocation money were not disclosed.

In exchange, Colorado sent defender Ugo Ihemelu to FC Dallas.

A five-year veteran, Drew Moor joins the Rapids having played his entire MLS career in Dallas since being acquired by the club as the 6th overall pick in the 2005 SuperDraft.
Moor appeared in 123 games, with 111 starts, with Dallas, scoring eight goals and accumulating two assists. This season, he has started in 21 games for FC Dallas and has scored a career-high three goals.
A college teammate of Rapids midfielder Jacob Peterson at Indiana, Moor won two NCAA Championships with the Hoosiers in 2003 and 2004.
On the international level, Moor has earned five caps with the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Ihemelu leaves Colorado having played in 63 games with the Rapids, scoring one goal and registering two assists. He was originally acquired by the Rapids in a trade with the Los Angeles Galaxy on December 1, 2006.


Scott said...

Was there any sign that this was coming? Seeing Ihemelu in the game on Sunday seems to be something different as opposed to the lack of playing time for Cooke before he left.

Nick Thomas said...

It was a bit of a shock. Apparently, Dallas had made some overtures for him earlier in the season but this time it was purely from the Rapids to let him go. A little bizarre, as you say, as he had played in every game he was available for.