The Rapids have re-signed midfielder Jaime Castrillon, the team's leading scorer during the 2012 season with eight goals, restructuring the player's deal for the 2013 season, the team announced last week.
Castrillon will soon undergo knee surgery for a condition that was diagnosed following the 2012 season.
"Jaime made great contributions to our club in the 2012 season, and we wanted to make sure he got the medical care he needs for his knee," said Rapids technical director Paul Bravo in a statement. "We decided that even if Jaime is unable to play for the next several months, it was important for his career and his future to get treatment for his knee, and that re-signing the player for 2013 was the right thing to do."
Castrillon, 29, joined the Rapids ahead of the 2012 season and immediately made an impact for the club, playing 30 matches (29 starts), with eight goals and four assists. The Colombian had long been a standout for Independiente Medellín in his native country before coming to MLS, and has also earned 29 caps for his national team.
Following the 2012 season, doctors found a condition in Castrillon's right knee, and his contract option for 2013 was not exercised as he received additional medical information. The Rapids recently restructured Castrillon's deal to bring him back for 2013, and his expected time out due to knee surgery is approximately 4-5 months.
Colorado opens the 2013 regular season on March 2 at FC Dallas, then returns home on March 9 for the home opener against the Philadelphia Union.
U.S.-Costa Rica World Cup qualifier in Commerce City a sellout
The FIFA World Cup qualifier between the United States and Costa Rica at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City will be played in front of a sellout crowd, according to ussoccer.com.
The game, to be played at 8 p.m. March 22, will be shown nationally by ESPN.
The top three teams emerging from a 10-game, round-robin format in the six-team Hexagonal - U.S., Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama - will advance to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The fourth-place team will compete in a two-leg playoff against the champion from the Oceania Confederation.