The Colorado Rapids have added depth and European experience to their defense with the addition of Austrian defender Thomas Piermayr following a trial with the club.
The club announced the signing of the 24-year-old on Wednesday. He will occupy an International Spot on the Rapids’ roster, and is eligible for this Saturday’s game at Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6:30 pm ET, MLS Live). Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Thomas has really impressed us in his time on trial, and he also has a great deal of experience in Europe,” Rapids VP of soccer operations and technical director Paul Bravo said in a statement. “He gives us depth at outside back on either the left or right side, and can play in the midfield as well. We’re pleased to welcome him to the club.”
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Piermayr comes to Colorado from Lillestrøm SK in Norway’s top division, where he played 10 matches at the end of the 2013 season. He previously played in 2012-13 with Wiener Neustadt in the Austrian Bundesliga, and 2011-12 with Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Premier League. He began his professional career with Austrian club LASK Linz in 2008, at the age of 19.