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Another MLS teen reportedly set for Bundesliga move

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The Colorado Rapids have done their fare share of mining Germany for talent, so fair play to the Bundesliga for taking a swing the other way.

Goal.com’s Ronan Murphy reports that Freiburg is looking to bring another American teen abroad, targeting former trialist Cole Bassett of the Rapids.

The Homegrown Player was the youngest signing in Rapids history when he signed his first deal in 2018.

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He turns 18 a month from Friday, and has a goal and an assist for the Rapids this season in 678 minutes. He can play across the midfield but is primarily a center midfielder, and made his debut last season for coach Anthony Hudson.

Freiburg has had American players Caleb Stanko and Zack Steffen on its books in the recent past, and USMNT centurion Paul Caligiuri played with the club from 1991-92.

Bassett obviously has a better chance of consistent playing time if he stays in MLS, but the challenge and lure of playing abroad is massive. With the success of more established American teens like Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams, the call is loud.

Bassett will take some time to make the adjustment should he go, and may get a loan, but this time of year is a good time to move into a preseason camp.

Rapids sign youngest player in club history

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Colorado Rapids have signed the youngest player in their club’s history.

Cole Bassett turned 17 two weeks ago, and the 5-foot-11 midfielder is the eighth Homegrown Player in Colorado’s tenure as a Major League Soccer franchise.

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The Rapids say Bassett has been training with the First Team on a regular basis, and coach Anthony Hudson has plenty of belief in the youngster.

Here’s Rapids’ GM Padraig Smith:

“This is a special day for the club,” said Colorado Rapids’ Executive Vice President and General Manager Pádraig Smith. “Cole is very talented and a very humble young man. It’s a big credit to both his parents, as well as our Development Academy staff, that we’re able to bring such a well-rounded person and player in to our first team.”

The Rapids have turned out some very good Homegrown players, headlined by Kortne Ford and Dillon Serna. We’ll see if and when Bassett makes his club debut.

Colorado is 14 points back of the West’s final playoff spot in coach Anthony Hudson’s first season in charge of the Rapids.