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The Colorado Rapids have signed goalkeeper William Yarbrough from Liga MX club Leon to a three-year contract and hold a club option for an additional year, the club announced on Tuesday. The deal holds the 31-year-old with Colorado through at least the 2023 season and possibly through 2024.
“We’re thrilled to bring Will back to the club,” said Colorado Vice President and General Manager Padraig Smith in a press release. “Will is a proven winner and his locker room leadership was invaluable as we had an unprecedented season last year. Bringing him back permanently has been one of our top priorities this off-season and strengthens what we consider to be one of the best goalkeeping groups in the league. “
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Yarbrough spent the 2020 season with Colorado for a year at Leon, where he started 14 of 18 regular season games and conceded four goals. He also started Colorado’s first-round game in the Audi MLS Cup playoffs, a 3-0 exit against Minnesota United.
Before coming to Colorado, Yarbrough spent his entire professional career at Leon, where he played 203 games and won two BBVA Liga MX titles. He was born in Mexico to American parents and has won three international matches for US men, most recently in October 2016.
The Rapids are giving back much of their young core for the 2021 MLS season, with Yarbrough being one of several key veterans. Under the leadership of head coach Robin Fraser, they want to perform for the first time since 2012/13.