By DAN KARELL
A career season has resulted in a new contract for Nathan Sturgis.
The Colorado Rapids announced on Wednesday that the 26-year-old Sturgis has signed a new deal to remain with the club next season, after his current contract was set to expire in December. The midfielder set a career-high in games played (23 starts in 25 appearances) and goals (four) as the Rapids made a surprise run into the MLS Cup playoffs, falling to the Seattle Sounders in the knockout round.
“We were pleased with Nathan’s effort on both the defensive and attacking sides of the ball, and he made us a better team this season,” said Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja in a statement released by the club. “He was solid defensively playing in front of our back four, and also made intelligent runs into the box. We’re excited that he will return as we prepare our roster for next year.”
Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Rapids acquired the versatile midfielder and defender during the last offseason in a trade with the Houston Dynamo, with Sturgis and allocation money moving to Colorado while forward Omar Cummings was shipped to Houston.
Since being drafted with the 12th selection in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft, Sturgis has bounced around with the LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Sounders, Toronto FC, the Dynamo, and now the Rapids.
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