Club deals long-tenured Pow­ers

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Daniel Boni­face Dan Boni­face: 303-954-1104, dboni­face@den­ or @daniel­boni­face

The Rapids traded mid­fielder Dil­lon Pow­ers to Or­lando City for mid­fielder Luis Gil and $100,000 in tar­geted al­lo­ca­tion money, the clubs an­nounced Thurs­day.

Pow­ers, the Rapids’ long­est-tenured player, was shipped to the Li­ons just be­fore the summer trans­fer win­dow closed Wed­nes­day.

“We are very ex­cited to welcome Luis to the club,” Rapids sport­ing di­rec­tor and in­terim gen­eral man­ager Padraig Smith said in a news re­lease. “We’re pleased to be able to bring in a cre­ative, for­ward-think­ing mid­fielder like Luis who can in­te­grate quickly and add depth to our at­tack­ing group.”

Gil, 23, made his MLS de­but with Real Salt Lake in 2011 and played with the Rapids’ Rocky Moun­tain ri­vals through 2015, when he made a move to Quere­taro of Mex­ico’s Liga MX.

Gil was loaned in April to Or­lando City, where he re­united with former RSL coach Jason Kreis. Or­lando City com­mit­ted to pay­ing $100,000 in tar­geted al­lo­ca­tion money (TAM) to Real Salt Lake for Gil’s MLS rights in the April loan. As part of the trade, the Rapids will owe RSL the $100,000 in TAM.

Gil is on a sea­son-long loan from Quere­taro. The Rapids said they have the op­tion to buy Gil from Liga MX at sea­son’s end. They also could rene­go­ti­ate the price or de­cline the op­tion.

Gil has played in 17 games (six starts) this sea­son for Or­lando City and has been un­able to find the score­sheet. He has 11 goals and nine as­sists in 151 MLS games (95 starts). He has two caps with the U.S. men’s na­tional team.

Pow­ers, 26, was se­lected by the Rapids out of Notre Dame in the 2013 MLS Su­perDraft. He went on to win the MLS rookie of the year award, scor­ing five goals and adding six as­sists in 30 games (29 starts) that sea­son.

He leaves the Rapids hav­ing made 136 league ap­pear­ances (116 starts), notch­ing 14 goals and 26 as­sists.

“For the past five years, Dil­lon has played an im­por­tant role in the de­vel­op­ment of our club, both on and off the field,” Smith said. “His ser­vice will not be for­got­ten, and on be­half of ev­ery­one here at the club, we wish him noth­ing but the best as he be­gins this new chap­ter of his ca­reer.”

Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est salary fig­ures re­leased by the MLS play­ers union, Pow­ers is earn­ing $325,000 this year, while Gil is be­ing paid $144,000.

Or­lando City said it will keep Gil’s salary on its books, while the Rapids will keep Pow­ers’ salary on theirs for the re­main­der of the 2017 sea­son.

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