Rapids Acquire U.S. International Forward Jonathan Lewis from NYFC

Jonathan Lewis with USMNT. Photo by John Dorton/ISI/REX/Shutterstock

Colorado Rapids failed to win a single game in 2019 MLS season which prompted team’s general manager Padraig Smith to start making some roster moves in an attempt to save the season. The biggest move came on Wednesday, when Rapids acquired U.S. international forward Jonathan Lewis from NYFC.

Colorado had to pay a significant price for Lewis, sending $650,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) for 2020, and an international roster spot in 2020 to New York. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Jonathan to Colorado,” – said Smith in a statement. “He is one of the best young, attacking talents in the United States, a dynamic game changer with the potential to develop into an elite level attacker in MLS. His age, character and skillset fit perfectly with the type of player we want to bring to Colorado and with the plans we have for the future of our club.”

Jonathan Lewis started his professional career with English League One side Bradford City in 2015 before being drafted third overall by NYFC in 2017 MLS SuperDraft. He played a total of 32 games in MLS since then, and managed to score three goals alongside four assists. In 2019, Lewis earned his first USMNT call-up and has since played four games for the national team.

Besides Lewis, Rapids also acquired defenders Abdul Rwatubyaye and Lalas Abubakar alongside an international roster spot.