Kellyn Acosta is on the move in a blockbuster trade few could have imagined when the 2018 season began.
FC Dallas has traded Kellyn Acosta to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for forward Dominique Badji. FC Dallas will also reportedly receive the Rapids’ first round draft pick in 2019, international spots in 2018 and 2019 and 50 percent of any transfer fee generated from a potential Acosta sale outside of MLS. The Rapids will receive a second round draft pick from FC Dallas in the trade.
“Kellyn Acosta is one of the bright young players in U.S. Soccer,” said Rapids Executive Vice President and General Manager Padraig Smith. “His versatility in the midfield and ability to control games, get forward and break lines is something that will help this team both this season and in years to come. We can’t wait to welcome him to Colorado.”
“Dominique adds a scoring touch that will complement our roster as we look to stay competitive at the top of the table the second half of the season,” added FC Dallas Head Coach Oscar Pareja. “Kellyn has grown up with the FC Dallas organization. He will always be a wonderful part of our history.”)
Acosta joined FC Dallas in 2013, rapidly becoming the team’s most successful Homegrown star. He has since made 117 regular season appearances for the club, scoring nine goals. In addition, Acosta has earned 17 caps for the USMNT. However, the midfield has dealt with injury issues dating back to 2017 and has struggled at points in 2018.
Badji, meanwhile, was the Rapids’ leading scorer with nine goals in 2017. The forward has scored seven goals in 16 appearances for the Rapids this season.