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The Colorado Rapids are bringing back two of their brightest stars with four-year contract extensions.

The Colorado Rapids have announced they have re-signed forward Omar Cummings and defender Ugo Ihemelu to four-year contract extensions. Financials terms were not disclosed, as per league and club policy.

"This is a reward for both of these players as to what they have contributed to the club, but also a sign for what they mean to this team moving forward," said head coach Gary Smith. "Ugo has taken some big steps forward with us and is a tireless defensive worker, and Omar has proven he will be quite an asset to us throughout the coming years. We now have a number of young players under contract that we believe will be the core of this team for what we hope will be a very successful period for the club."

Cummings was one of the standouts on the Rapids last year, as he was second in scoring for the club with six goals behind Conor Casey who registered 11. He’s made 37 appearances for the Rapids since joining the club in 2007. He’s also capped by the Jamaican national team, taking the field 10 times for the Reggae Boys, scoring twice.

On the other side of the pitch was the defender Ihemelu, who started 16 of the 18 games he played in 2008. The 25-year-old Nigeria native has played for two MLS clubs, the LA Galaxy where he made 54 appearances and most recently the Rapids, a team his played 43 times for since joining in 2007. He’s a naturalized U.S. citizen and has been capped twice by the U.S. Men’s team.

Shane Evans, Goal.com

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