Mike da Fonte - with Colorado Rapids
Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Rapids loan defender Mike da Fonte to USL's Phoenix Rising FC


The Colorado Rapids announced on Monday that defender Mike da Fonte has joined USL side Phoenix Rising FC on loan for 2018, opening up roster space as new coach Anthony Hudson’s rebuilding project continues.

A center back who can also play at right back, Da Fonte, 26, joined the Rapids from Sacramento Republic FC just under a year ago and made 17 MLS appearances, 14 of them starts, for Colorado.

Hudson has made a flurry of new signings – including several defenders – since being named the Rapids’ head coach, as he implements a new playing style and formation ahead of his first season in MLS.

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