Rapids' Thompson requests trade, seeks more time

Wells Thompson of the Colorado Rapids

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Colorado Rapids midfielder Wells Thompson (above, right) has asked for a trade to seek additional playing time, the team said in a statement on Sunday.

Thompson has appeared in 17 games for the Rapids so far this season, starting only five games, and has bounced between the defensive midfield and left winger positions. The 28-year-old fan favorite does not appear to be in the long-term plans for new head coach Oscar Pareja.

“Wells has expressed a desire to find first-team soccer, and based on all he has given our club and our community, we have been working with him to make this happen,” Rapids spokesman David Lindholm said in a statement on Sunday. “While several teams are interested, nothing is official at this point and we’ll make an announcement if and when anything changes.”

Thompson started a career-high 22 games last season, also netting a career-high in goals (3) and assists (3).

Earlier this season, long-time defender Kosuke Kimura asked for and was granted a trade away from Colorado, also for playing time purposes.

MLSsoccer.com will have the latest as it becomes available.

Chris Bianchi covers the Colorado Rapids for MLSsoccer.com.