Rapids loan Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC five, including draft pick Philip Mayaka

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Colorado Rapids fans eagerly awaiting their first glimpse of midfielder Philip Mayaka in Burgundy will have to wait a little longer.

The club announced Monday that it is loaning Mayaka, its 2021 MLS SuperDraft top pick, and four other players to Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, while retaining the right to recall them at any time this season.

Other players on loan at Colorado Springs include goaltender Abraham Rodriguez, defensemen Sebastian Anderson and Michael Edwards, and forward Matt Hundley

“These loans will give Abe, Seb, Matt, Philip and Mike an opportunity to gain valuable playing time as they look to take the next step in their development,” Rapids manager Pádraig Smith said in a statement. Press release. “All five are young talents with great potential and who we believe can become successful players at the highest level. However, this requires constant playing time, so we are delighted to be able to offer them the opportunity to gain more experience through our partnership with Switchbacks FC.

The Rapids traded to Mayaka, 20, third overall from Clemson at this year’s SuperDraft. The original Kenyan was ACC Freshman of the Year in 2019, along with the All-ACC first team and All-America second team.

Anderson, 18, is a local player who has already made six appearances in MLS, while Rodriguez, 18, has played 21 games for the Switchbacks in the past two years. Edwards, 20, came to the Rapids earlier this month as part of a deal with DC United after playing for German side VfL Wolfsburg. And Hundley, 20, is a Littleton native who spent last season on loan with Memphis 901 FC, scoring twice in 10 games.

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