Colorado sign Ecuador int'l defender Diego Calderón

Ecuador defender Diego Calderon

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The Colorado Rapids made an important step towards shoring up their backline Thursday, adding center back Diego Calderón to their roster from Ecuadorian powerhouse Liga de Quito.

Calderón, who was rumored to be joining the Rapids for weeks and will take up an international roster spot, will be eligible pending receipt of his P-1 work visa and International Transfer Certificate. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 26-year-old has been a mainstay for his club side having won three league titles, a Copa Libertadores and a Copa Sudamericana with Liga. He has also been a regular in the Ecuador national team squad for World Cup qualifiers, with five caps to his name for La Tri.

“Diego is a versatile, talented defender who will come in and compete for a spot in our back line,” Rapids technical director Paul Bravo said in a statement. “He can play in the middle or on the left, and has extensive experience, having won league and continental titles and been a part of his national team throughout World Cup qualifying. We’re excited to bring him into the group.”

Calderón will be just the sixth defender on the Rapids roster for the moment as they look to retool after a 2012 campaign that saw the team concede 50 goals, fifth-worst in MLS.