The Colorado Rapids have signed forward Michael Barrios to a one-year contract extension, with an option to keep him at the club through the 2023 season.
The Colombian arrived via a trade from FC Dallas in January after grabbing 37 goals and 48 assists in 211 appearances for the Texan club, winning the US Open Cup and Supporters’ Shield in 2016. He’s quickly established himself as a favorite among Colorado supporters.
Barrios scored a team-high eight goals and set up another five during his debut campaign in Denver, helping the Rapids finish top of the Western Conference despite having the lowest salary spend throughout MLS. The 30-year-old’s form was enough to land him the club’s Players’ Player of the Year award.
“Mikey demonstrated his qualities from his first day with the group and quickly became an important piece to our success in 2021,” said Rapids executive vice president & general manager, Pádraig Smith, via a club press release. “We’re delighted to extend his time with the club and look forward to his seeing his continued impact on the pitch as we look to build on a historic season.”
Barrios’ new deal is just the start of Colorado’s winter business, with the Rapids one of the last remaining MLS clubs yet to announce their end-of-season roster decisions.
Despite unexpectedly topping the Western Conference, Robin Fraser will be keen to make sweeping improvements to his roster.
Colorado’s season ended in disappointment last week as they crashed out of the MLS Cup Playoffs at the Western Conference semi-final stage, losing 1-0 at home to the Portland Timbers. Some key areas need extra quality and depth will be vital as the Rapids look forward to a Concacaf Champions League campaign in 2022.