Ger­man striker Aigner in con­tact with Colorado

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Ben­jamin Arthur

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.

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