Rapids Bolster Defense With Signings Of Danny Earls And Oscar Murillo

With crucial parts of its 2009 defense gone, the Colorado Rapids brought in two youthful replacements.
With recent departures of Ty Harden in a trade to Toronto FC, Corey Gibbs in a trade to the New England Revolution, and Jordan Harvey in the Expansion Draft, the Colorado Rapids looked a tad shy on the defensive end.

The club moved to remedy that today, signing defensive duo Danny Earls and Oscar Murillo.

20-year-old Earls has two trials with the Rapids under his belt already. The former Aston Villa reserve spent the last two seasons with the Rochester Rhinos in USL-1.

"He's a guy we've had on our radar for a couple of years, and we've put a fair bit of time into seeing [Earls] play," said Rapids technical director Paul Bravo to mlsnet.com. "So we have a working knowledge with Danny so we felt comfortable with him as a guy who could give us depth in the backline as well as maybe push into midfield."

Capable of operating up and down the left flank, Earls is a likely replacement for Harvey, Colorado's starting leftback last year. The Philadelphia Union picked up Harvey in the 2009 Expansion Draft.

Oscar Murillo will slot into the central defensive position left open by the departing Gibbs. The 21-year-old already has experience in the Argentine First Division with Boca Juniors and comes from Deportes Quindio of Colombia.

Both signings are waiting on International Transfer Certificates.

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