Colorado Rapids sign 16-year-old forward Darren Yapi
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) The Colorado Rapids signed 16-year-old forward Darren Yapi to a five-year contract, the youngest player to sign a pro deal in the club's history.
The team announced the deal with the home-grown player Wednesday. It includes a club option for an addition season.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Yapi spent last season training with the Rapids first team along with the Colorado Springs Switchbacks, the club's affiliate in the second tier USL Championship. He signed a deal with the Switchbacks on July 31, leading to his pro debut on Aug. 1 at 15 years old. Yapi ended up earning Rapids Academy player of the year honors. (MORE)
|Colorado Team Stats (Rank)|
|Goals Allowed:||28 (15)|
|Penalty Kick Goals:||0 (24)|
|Shots on Goal:||95 (14)|
|Yellow Cards:||30 (4)|
|Red Cards:||2 (16)|
|No recent injuries|