Rapids acquire Moor from FC Dallas for Ihemelu

Rapids acquire Moor from FC Dallas for Ihemelu

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Rapids acquire Moor from FC Dallas for Ihemelu

Drew Moor (ISIphotos.com) 

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The Colorado Rapids acquired defender Drew Moor from FC Dallas, along with a 2010 second-round pick and allocation money, for defender Ugo Ihemelu. The teams announced the deal on Monday.

Ihemelu is reunited with his former college coach, FC Dallas' Schellas Hyndman, while Moor gives Colorado a more offensive-minded fullback option.

Moor, who sources tell SBI had been shopped by FC Dallas for months, has started 21 games for FC Dallas this season, scoring three goals, while Ihemelu has started 19 games for Colorado, managing two assists.

What's the SBI take? Ihemelu is a tougher defender who could be a rock in central defense for FCD (although Hyndman stated that he sees Ihemelu as his right back), but Moor is the better attacking option going forward from the right back position. Moor should help give the Rapids more of a threat on the right flank and someone who can provide better service on the counter to Conor Casey, but he might also make the Rapids defense a bit more vulnerable.

Ultimately, Ihemelu is the better defender, but if the Rapids think Julian Baudet is legitimate as an option alongside Cory Gibbs, then the deal makes sense. That said, it's still a steep price to pay for Ihemelu (though sources tell SBI that Dallas had been shopping Moor for some time). The edge goes to the Rapids on this deal.

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