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MLS Ticker: Rapids select Azira in Waiver Draft; Sporting KC brings back Olum and more

Photo by Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA Today Sports
Photo by Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA Today Sports

When all was said and done, only one player was selected in Wednesday’s MLS Waiver Draft: Michael Azira.

The Colorado Rapids selected the 28-year-old midfielder with the second overall pick of Wednesday’s draft, a move which proved to be the only selection of the afternoon. Azia played 25 games in two seasons for the Seattle Sounders while also playing an additional match for Seattle Sounders 2 on loan.

Following Azira’s selection, the MLS will move on to the next offseason mechanism, Stage One of the Re-Entry Draft, which is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

Here’s a closer look at Wednesday’s MLS news and notes:


The first moves of the offseason for Sporting KC involved the re-signing of some familiar faces, including one that had been away from the club for the 2015 season.

Sporting KC announced on Wednesday that the club had re-signed defender Seth Sinovic and goalkeeper Jon Kempin to new contracts while also reaching a deal to add midfielder Lawrence Olum, who previously played for the club from 2011-2014.

“We are very excited to have these three players back in 2016,” Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said. “Seth and Lawrence have extensive experience at the top level, while Jon has continued to improve each year with the club. Collectively they will help bring a winning mentality to the team.”

Olum rejoins Sporting KC after joining Malaysian side Kedah FA last November, helping the club win the 2015 Malaysia Premier League earlier this year. Prior to the move, the 31-year-old midfielder made 83 appearances in three seasons for the club while adding three goals and three assists.


After joining the club midseason, Sean St. Ledger is set to extend his stay with the Colorado Rapids.

The Rapids announced on Wednesday that St. Ledger had signed a new contract to remain with the club. The Irish international, who was acquired by the club after being released by Orlando City on Aug. 1, made 12 starts and added two assists for the Rapids in 2015.

“Sean has become very important very quickly during his time at Colorado Rapids,” said Paul Bravo, VP of soccer operations and technical director. “He brings experience and quality to the back line and we are very pleased to have secured his future at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.”

“I am delighted to sign a new contract with the Colorado Rapids,” added St. Ledger. “I moved mid-season and felt at home immediately. It will be great to have a proper pre-season training camp with the group and kick-on in 2016. I am really excited with the plans the club are making for next year.”

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