The Colorado Rapids announced on Friday that the team has signed Hunter Freeman after selecting the versatile defender in December’s MLS Re-Entry Draft.
Freeman, a veteran of five MLS seasons as well as two years in the top division in Norway, was originally selected by the Rapids as the seventh overall pick in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft, playing 47 regular-season games for Colorado in 2005 and 2006. He was selected again by the Rapids in Stage 2 of the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft in December after most recently playing for the Houston Dynamo.
Per league and team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“Hunter’s versatility and experience make him a great addition to the squad ahead of the season,” Rapids technical director Paul Bravo said in a statement. “He’s played for the Rapids before and at a high level in MLS and abroad since then. We’re excited to welcome him back to the club.”
A Texas native, Freeman played college soccer at the University of Virginia from 2002-04, leading the nation with 21 assists during his junior season. After his first two MLS seasons with the Rapids, Freeman was traded to the New York Red Bulls, playing with the team until he joined Toronto FC in 2008. He then joined IK Start in Norway, playing two seasons before returning to MLS in 2011 with the Houston Dynamo.
Freeman, who can play left or right back as well as in the midfield, has made a total of 107 appearances (92 starts), scoring two goals and adding six assists in his MLS career..