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FC Dallas trades Michael Barrios to the Colorado Rapids

The veteran winger was a bit more expendable going into 2021.

MLS: Houston Dynamo at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

It may have been a bit of a shock to FC Dallas fans but the club has traded veteran winger Michael Barrios to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for an international roster slot and SuperDraft considerations.

FC Dallas will swap picks in this month’s SuperDraft with the Rapids by taking the 15th pick in exchange for the 21st pick.

UPDATE: The trade is now official. Additionally, FC Dallas will receive additional incentives if Barrios meets certain performance metrics while with the Rapids.

The trade was first reported by’s Tom Bogert. It was later confirmed by the Denver Post.

Barrios was given a contract extension at the end of the 2020 season. The move also comes on the heels of the team trading Fafa Picault to the Houston Dynamo and signing Colombian winger Jader Obrien last month.

According to the league’s players union, Barrios made just over $500k in 2019 (the last year salaries were reported). So seeing the team shed another large salary from the roster is intriguing to say the least. Dallas did need an international roster slot as they were still linked with several players.

It is possible that FC Dallas was looking to go a bit younger at the wing positions in 2021, and with Barrios’ production taking a bit of a nose-dive in 2020 (one goal and five assists compared to the five goals and 15 assists in 2019), it looked as though he would be a bit more expendable going into the new year.

What do you all make of this move by FC Dallas? Disappointed to see the veteran winger leave?