Colorado Rapids Drafted Players: Sam Hamilton Signs And Other Updated

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 09: Denver Sam Hamilton (8) challenges for the ball with Wake Forest Ema Twumasi (22) during the first semifinal match of the Men's College Cup on December 9, 2016, at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas (Photo by Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Editorial (March 6, 2017) – It’s been two months since the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. The Colorado Rapids selected four players in the draft this year. Just before that, they signed two Homegrown players. It’s time for an update to see where all the youngsters stand with the club.

Colorado Rapids Drafted Players: Sam Hamilton Signs And Other Updated

First off, Korney Ford and Ricardo Perez are signed as Homegrown players for the 2017 season. Neither of them made the game day roster for Saturday’s opener. They are in training though. It’s unclear if there is a timeline right now for them to be loaned down to the USL if the coaching staff sees fit. Stay tuned.

Over the weekend, the Colorado Rapids signed midfielder Sam Hamilton to a contract for the 2017 season. It contains team options through 2020. The central midfielder was captain at the University of Denver this past season, where he was teammates with Ford. “Sam is technically very good on the ball and can cover a lot of ground in the center of the field,” said Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni. The midfield is pretty crowded right now, so Hamilton could be spending time in Charlotte in 2017.

The later draft picks haven’t been so lucky. Despite having some good moments in pre-season, Wright State forward Peguy Ngatcha is no longer with the club.

Another casualty has been Syracuse left back Lian Callahan. He appeared to have the right personality for the locker room and service from the flank, but had some deficiencies on the defensive side of the ball. Callahan is no longer with the club as of this past Thursday.

Third round pick Jaime Siaj remains in training with the club but is unsigned. The club does have room on the roster to add the Pfeiffer University product, with only 24 of a possible 32 roster spots occupied. The club also has only five forwards on the roster.