The Colorado Rapids made a familiar addition ahead of the MLS is Back Tournament, agreeing to terms with Denver-native Collen Warner on a one-year deal Tuesday.
The veteran midfielder has made 204 appearances over his nine years in Major League Soccer. Most recently he spent 2019 with FC Helsingør in the Netherlands. He’s also played for Minnesota United, Houston Dynamo, Toronto FC, Montreal Impact and Real Salt Lake, and overlapped with current Rapids boss Robin Fraser when he was an assistant in Toronto.
“As we prepare for the MLS is Back Tournament next month, our focus is on continuing the form which saw us start the season with two consecutive wins,” Rapids general manager Pádraig Smith said in a statement. “We’re driven by the opportunity to win the first trophy of the season and recognize that this competition format will test teams’ rosters like never before. Collen not only provides additional depth to our midfield, his familiarity with Robin from their time together in Toronto will be an asset in helping him integrate quickly with our group.”
Warner graduated from Denver East High School in 2005 and spent time in the Rapids Academy as a kid. He also trained with English Premier League and Serie A clubs before attending the University of Portland. Warner followed in the footsteps of fellow Denver-native and Rapids legend Conor Casey, who had a similar developmental path.
The deal for the 5-foot-10, 178-pound midfielder includes a club option for 2021 and will be finalized once an International Transfer Certificate is approved. He will likely compete with Danny Wilson to back up captain Jack Price as a defensive midfielder.
The Rapids resume play in the MLS is Back Tournament on July 12 at 8:30 p.m. against Real Salt Lake.