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    Colorado Rapids sign defender Michael Edwards to contract extension through 2024

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    The Colorado Rapids have re-signed homegrown defender Michael Edwards to a two-year contract, the club have announced.

    Edwards’ new contract keeps him at the club through the 2024 MLS season with an option for 2025. The 22-year-old joined the Rapids in 2021 after the club acquired his homegrown rights from DC United, though he’s yet to make a senior appearance.

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    Instead, the center-back spent 2021 on loan in the USL Championship with the Colorado Springs Switchbacks, scoring two goals in 24 appearances. Last season, Edwards split his time between Colorado Rapids 2 in MLS NEXT Pro and the Switchbacks.

    “Mike was a key contributor on our inaugural Rapids 2 roster last year and also played an important role in the Switchbacks’ deep playoff run during his loan there,” Pádraig Smith, Colorado’s executive vice president and general manager, said in a club press release.

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    “We’re delighted to re-sign him and look forward to seeing his continued development with the club.”

    A native of Woodbridge, Virginia, Edwards is a product of Bundesliga side Wolfsburg’s youth system, playing 31 games combined for the club’s U19 and reserve teams between 2018 and 2020.

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    Edwards will hope his new contract will now see him become a regular part of Robin Fraser’s first-team roster with the Rapids.

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