Cila joins Rapids

The Colorado Rapids announced today the signing
of former Duke University standout Jordan Cila to a multi-year deal with
Major League Soccer. Per MLS policy, details of the contract were not
made public.

Cila, who will occupy one of the six spots on the Rapids' Developmental
Roster, comes to Colorado after a sparkling four year career at Duke.
In 76 career games, Cila tallied 30 goals and 95 points while helping
the Blue Devils reach the NCAA Tournament on twice. He arrived at the
Rapids preseason camp as an non-roster invitee after going undrafted in
the 2004 MLS SuperDraft in January. However, he quickly impressed the
coaching staff and accompanied the team to Florida where he tallied a
pair of goals in the Rapids' 6-1 win over the United States Under-20 National

The 5-10 midfielder, who can also play up front, has represented the
United States at multiple youth levels, playing for the Under-20 and Under-17
national teams. In 1999, Cila joined his new Colorado teammate Kyle Beckerman,
as well as current MLS stars DaMarcus Beasley, Landon Donovan and Taylor
Twellman on the U.S. roster for the 1999 World Youth Championships in
New Zealand where the U.S. finished in fourth place. He scored his only
goal of the tournament in the quarterfinals in the United States' 3-2
win over Mexico.

The Rapids will kick off the 2004 Major League Soccer regular season
on Saturday, April 3rd when they visit the Dallas Burn at the Cotton Bowl
at 6:30 p.m. (MT)

Jordan Cila

Position: Midfield

Height: 5-10

Weight: 165

Date of birth: April 11, 1982

Place of birth: Jericho, NY

Hometown: Jericho, NY

Citizenship: USA

National team experience: United States Under-20, Under-17

College: Duke University

Acquired: Signed on April 1, 2004

Previous clubs: None

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