Photo courtesy of Creighton University Athletics
Ricardo Perez, who played two seasons in the Premier Development League, has signed a Homegrown Player contract with the Colorado Rapids.
The Creighton University standout was signed alongside University of Denver product Kortne Ford, becoming the fourth and fifth Homegrown signings in club history.
“We are thrilled to have Kortne and Richi officially join our first team. We have kept a close eye on both players after watching them develop through our Academy system, as well as at the collegiate level,” Rapids Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni said in a release. “Kortne and Richi have shown a great deal of commitment and dedication to the Rapids family, and we look forward to continuing their progression on a daily basis here in Colorado.”
Perez, who played 11 games and scored one goal for Albuquerque Sol F.C. in 2014 before making three PDL appearances in 2015, earned 2016 BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year honors after scoring four goals and recording five assists in 23 appearances.
The 20-year-old Rapids Academy product is the latest PDL alum to sign a Homegrown contract, as FC Golden State Force talent Jose Hernandez inked a deal with Real Salt Lake and Burlingame Dragons FC defender Nick Lima became a member of the San Jose Earthquakes.