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Rapids acquire Atiba Harris from Whitecaps

The Rapids acquired midfielder/forward Atiba Harris from the Vancouver Whitecaps on Monday in exchange for an international spot in 2015 and 2016.

The 27-year-old Harris didn’t play much for the Whitecaps in 2012, but could be seen as a depth player that Pareja has said that he wants to help shore up his attack.

Harris is likely to provide depth as a wing striker in Rapids coach Oscar Pareja’s attack-minded 4-3-3 scheme while possibly playing midfield as well. However, with Martin Rivero and Brian Mullan likely occupying the attacking midfield roles, Harris will most likely see the majority of his possible playing time up top.

Harris was sparely used during his two years in Vancouver, playing just 12 games and recording two goals for the Whitecaps. Harris has suffered knee problems over the last two years, including right knee surgery in April 2011. However, Harris also played significant minutes for the FC Dallas team that in 2010 lost to the Rapids in the MLS Cup final.

Harris played under current Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja in 2009 and 2010 in Dallas, where Pareja was an assistant coach.

The Rapids also announced on Monday that they exposed nine players to MLS’ re-entry draft but remain in negotiations with defenders Marvell Wynne and Hunter Freeman and midfielder Jamie Smith, all of whom had their options declined by the team.

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