Rapids sign defender Melamed

The Colorado Rapids signed Friday defender Guy Melamed to a multi-year contract. Terms of the contract were not made public.

Melamed, who was originally drafted by the Rapids in the 4th Round (43rd overall) in the 2005 Major League Soccer SuperDraft becomes one of the team's four senior international players.

The former Maccabi Haifa defender has represented Israel at the Under-16, Under-18, and Under-21 levels playing in UEFA European championships.

At the collegiate level, Melamed played four years with Boston College. He was named Team MVP three times while playing for the Eagles. Having captained the team in 2004, he was also one of the semifinalists for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, presented annually to the best college soccer player in the USA.

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