Notes: BBC says Baudet coming to Colorado
BBC Radio Stoke is reporting that French defender Julien Baudet, captain of Crewe Alexandra in England’s League One, has signed a contract to play for the Colorado Rapids.
BBC (and Baudet confirms in an interview) that the Rapids have signed him to a two-year deal with an option for two more years.
The move reportedly would take place this summer, after Baudet’s contract with Crewe runs out.
HOUSTON GETS A NEW PLAYER, TOO: The Houston Chronicle reports that the Houston Dynamo has secured Andrew Hainault’s international transfer certificate from his former club, FK Banik Most of the Czech Republic, clearing the way for the Canadian defender to make his MLS debut as early as Sunday against the Rapids. Read the whole story here. Hainault was signed to a standard four-year MLS contract and will make a base salary of $99,000 in 2009, according to the Chronicle.
FLYING LEATHERNECK: The Western Courier, which serves the students of Western Illinois University, published a profile of Rapids right back Kosuke Kimura on Friday. The article was written by Ken Woods. Check it out here.
MLS WEB SITE LOOKS AT THE RAPIDS: Nick Thomas of WeWantRapidman has written a story about Preston Burpo for MLSnet.com. A back injury to Matt Pickens has allowed Burpo the chance to start some games he otherwise wouldn’t have started. And Burpo has come through. Read the story here. And Owen Perkins of MLSnet.com takes a look at the Rapids’ defense.
A FORMER RAPIDS PLAYER GOES HOME: Cesar Zambrano returned to the University of Illinois-Chicago for a charity match against some Chicago Fire players. UIC’s Chicago Flame writes about it here.