Rapids extend midfielder Cole Bassett and loan him to Dutch club

November 25, 2021; Commerce City, CO, USA; Colorado Rapids midfielder Cole Bassett (26) controls the ball in the second half against the Portland Timbers at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing – USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rapids on Thursday signed midfielder Cole Bassett for a three-year extension until the 2024 season and agreed to loan him for 18 months to Feyenoord Rotterdam from the Eredivisie, the top league in the Netherlands.

Bassett, 20, was a regular starter for the Rapids in 2021, his third full season with the club he joined as a local from his hometown of Littleton, Colo.

“We are incredibly proud of Cole for earning this opportunity to pursue his dream of playing in Europe,” Rapids general manager Padraig Smith said in a statement. “It’s a testament to his talent, his performances here with the Rapids and his dedication to continually improving as a player. This decision also reflects our unwavering commitment to developing young players and paving their way to the highest levels of the game. We look forward to seeing Cole’s continued growth and wish him all the best as he takes this next step. stage of his career.

Bassett signed with the Rapids midway through the 2018 season shortly after turning 17 as a junior at Chatfield Senior High School in Littleton. He was also a member of the Rapids team academy.

In 72 career MLS games (52 starts), Bassett has 13 goals and 11 assists. That includes five goals and four assists last season in 32 games (23 starts).

Bassett also made an appearance for the United States men’s national team in a friendly last month against Bosnia and Herzegovina. He scored the only goal in a 1-0 USMNT win.

Bassett’s loan to Feyenoord Rotterdam comes with an option to buy. If the 15-time league champion added Bassett permanently and transferred him to another club, Colorado would retain a percentage of all future transfer fees as part of the deal.

–Field level media