German striker Aigner in contact with Colorado
The Rapids have been in contact with attacking forward Stefan Aigner of 1860 Munich, Colorado team spokesman Ryan Madden said Monday.
Aigner, 29, was linked in a move to the Rapids by German news outlet tz.de on Friday, but Madden told The Denver Post that no deal had been finalized.
Aigner, a 6-foot, 161-pound striker, scored three goals and had one assist for 1860 last season.
He is believed to be on the move from his German side because of turmoil in the club. 1860 dropped from Bundesliga’s second division to the lowest professional league in Germany and now faces possible dissolution due to reported mismanagement by the club’s new majority investor, Hasan Abdullah Ismaik.
Aigner suited up for Eintracht Frankfurt of Bundesliga’s top division from 2012-16 before joining 1860. He had his best year with Frankfurt in 2014-15 with nine goals. Aigner has spent his entire professional career in his native Germany.
The signing of Aigner would reap immediate benefits for the Rapids’ attack, which has been plagued with injuries in the midfield all season. Nana Boateng, Mohammed Saied and Shkelzen Gashi have missed significant time this season; Gashi is still out indefinitely with an injury to his Achilles tendon. Aigner would also allow Marlon Hairston, who has been at the winger position, to slide back to right back and pair with Eric Miller in the team’s back line.
The MLS secondary transfer window opened July 10 and closes Aug. 9.