COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – The Colorado Rapids have made their first free agent signing of the 2019-2020 off-season. Former Rapids center back will be leaving Toronto FC and returning to the club he won MLS Cup 2010 with.
Drew Moor Back to Colorado Through Free Agency: A fit for all
This is probably the most popular move the club could have made in free agency this year. Other than the move for Lalal Abubakar or drafting Andre Shinyashiki, this was a move the fans, technical staff, and player all wanted. It was just a matter of could it get done for the right price.
Moor was originally drafted by FC Dallas in 2005 and was traded to Colorado in 2009. He played in 188 matched for the Burgundy and Blue in seven seasons. He captained the squad for his final three seasons, before joining Toronto FC as a free agent, where current Rapids Head Coach Robin Fraser was an assistant. With the Reds, Moor won another MLS Cup and a Supporters’ Shield in 2017.
He played in just 11 matches this season and had some injury trouble.
TRANSACTION: Colorado Rapids sign defender Drew Moor to a one-year contract on November 27, 2019.
Name: Drew Moor
Weight: 165 lb
Born: January 15, 1984
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas
A Perfect fit:
The 35-year-old returns to his former club to bring veteran leadership without the burden of needing to start 34 games.
“Given the youth movement that we’ve been pushing over the last few years, it’s imperative that you have experienced players around to help mentor these young players, help them reach their true potential. I can’t think of many players to have on board than Drew Moor,” General Manager Padraig Smith told Last Word.
Drew Moor will be able to contribute to the team and play, but won’t necessarily be a starter. This role will be less taxing on him than his role in Toronto, especially when they played three at the back.
“He’s a great individual, a great person to learn from. He’s a winner,” said Smith.
Moor will bring a veteran presence and a winning mentality. He’ll be able to coach and lead the younger defenders when needed and will be on the same page as Robin Fraser and Clint Irwin. And he’ll be doing all of this on a one year budget deal. If Moor can’t stay healthy, Colorado doesn’t have its hands tied. If he contributes well, they can bring him back on another one year deal.
This is a great value signing and a win for all parties involved.