Rapids sign Israeli international David Ben Dayan
The Colorado Rapids announced today the signing of midfielder/defender David "Dedi" Ben Dayan to a multi-year deal. Ben Dayan's addition to the team, which will take place after the August 15th International Transfer Window, is pending proper work authorization from the U.S. government. Details of the contract were not made public.
Ben Dayan, who becomes the second Israeli to play in Major League Soccer (alongside current Rapids defender Guy Melamed), started his professional career with the prestigious Israeli club Maccabi Tel-Aviv, where he played for eight years, winning two league championships and three open cups, performing both as a defender and in the midfield position.
Nicknamed "Dedi", Ben Dayan's international career with the Israeli Under-18 and Under-21 national teams often saw him playing alongside his new teammate Melamed over the years. He has also represented his country on several occasions with the full National Team, playing in European Tournaments as well as World Cup Qualifiers for Israel.