Rapids Fill International Slot with Chilean Winger

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Published on January 17, 2013 with No Comments

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Colorado have not waited long to fill the international slot they gained from yesterday’s trade of Jeff Larentowicz.

22-year-old Chilean winger Kevin Harbottle has been signed from Universidad Católica as an international player. He has one appearance for the national side.

“Kevin is a young, dynamic attacking player who will be a great fit for our squad this season,” said Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo in a club release.

“At just 22 years old, he’s already proven he can play at a high level, and we look forward to helping him develop further as he integrates into our team and our league.”

Harbottle will be eligible pending receipt of his P-1 work visa and International Transfer Certificate.

Player Bio per Colorado Rapids Press Release.

Harbottle comes to Colorado having played in the top division in Chile since 2009, most recently with Universidad Católica, where he scored four goals in 32 league matches, helped the team to the 2011 Copa Chile, and also played four matches in the prestigious Copa Libertadores.

He spent 2010-2011 at Unión Española, scoring four goals in 13 league matches and one goal in eight Libertadores games, and in the 2010 Apertura season, the winger scored six goals in 13 matches for O’Higgins F.C. Harbottle made his professional debut for Deportes Antofagasta in the Chilean first division on June 6, 2008 at the age of 17.

In addition to his club experience, Harbottle was part of the Chilean Under-20 National Team from 2008-2010 and has made one appearance with the full Chilean National Team, entering as a substitute in a 2-0 friendly victory over Trinidad & Tobago on May 5, 2010 in his hometown of Iquique.

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