Colorado Rapids trade Canada international Mark-Anthony Kaye to Toronto FC for 19-year-old midfielder, GAM and draft pick – The Denver Post

Major League Soccer’s secondary transfer window was open less than 24 hours before the Colorado Rapids started to shake things up.

The Rapids traded midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye to Toronto FC for a payout that includes $1.025 million in General Allocation Money (GAM), a spot on the 2023 International roster, first-round MLS SuperDraft pick 2023 from Toronto and a midfield prospect.

The prospect is Ralph Priso, a highly rated young Canadian international defensive midfielder.

The Rapids will receive $350,000 in 2022 GAM, $425,000 in 2023 GAM and an additional $250,000 in 2023 or 2024 depending on Kaye’s roster status. Both clubs will retain selling percentages for Priso and Kaye.

“Mark played an important role in our team’s rise to the top of the West last season and has been a model representative of our club off the pitch. We are grateful to him for his contributions and wish him the best in this new chapter in 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 — considered a big chunk for an intra-MLS trade.

During the offseason, Kaye signed a four-year contract extension through 2025 with a club option for 2026. He was the team’s second-highest-paid player at $700,000, according to the salary guide. of the MLS Players’ Association. He made 32 appearances, scoring four times and providing two assists for the Burgundy Boys.

The other side of the coin? Priso is one to watch. The 19-year-old Ontarian is set to break into the Canadian senior national team and is considered a solid 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 key roles in the Rapids’ winning 2021 Western Conference regular season team have since departed. Kellyn Acosta (LAFC), Dominic Badji (Cincinnati FC), Andre Shinyashiki (Charlotte FC) and now Kaye (Toronto) are now at various MLS clubs, while Cole Bassett, Sam Vines, Auston Trusty and Mezquida are now away (Europe).

The new-look Rapids (5-8-4, 19 points) currently sit 12th in the West, but will be looking 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. The first game will be the Rocky Mountain Cup second leg against Real Salt Lake at 8 p.m. MDT on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.