Hendry Thomas is on his way out of Colorado, but the hard-nosed Honduran midfielder will continue to ply his trade in MLS as FC Dallas announced Wednesday that they had acquired him from the Rapids in exchange for allocation money.
Thomas, 28, joined the Rapids in August 2012 from English outfit Wigan Athletic, and finished his Rapids career with two goals and an assist over 35 regular-season appearances, plus one playoff appearance. He has also made 52 appearances for the Honduran national team, scoring two goals and appearing in the 2010 World Cup, but has not played for Los Catrachos since September 2011.
The Rapids declined Thomas' option following the 2013 season, but remained in talks with him to bring him back before finally sending him to rejoin head coach Oscar Pareja in Dallas. Thomas bid farewell to Rapids fans via Twitter earlier on Wednesday:
I want to take this time to thank the Colorado Rapids fans, players and organization for the love they show me while I was part of the team— hendry thomas (@hendryt6) February 12, 2014
“The allocation money that we’ve gotten in this deal will give us flexibility to continue adding strength and depth to our squad,” said Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo in a statement. “We had negotiated with Hendry during the offseason but ultimately we decided to move in other directions, so we’re glad to get value in return at this point. He was an important part of our team over the last two years, and we want to thank him for his professionalism and contributions to our club.”
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Colorado also announced Wednesday that they had brought in 26-year-old Spanish holding midfielder Jose Mari with a view towards finalizing a contract with the player, who plays the same position as Thomas.
Finally, the team also announced on Wednesday the signings of 2013 NASL Best XI goalkeeper Joe Nasco from the Atlanta Silverbacks and midfielder Jared Watts, their second round (33rd overall) draft pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.