Roy Krishna’s future in doubt as Colorado Rapids free up spot for international player

Krishna scores against Melbourne City

MLS side Colorado Rapids have acquired an International Roster spot from Sporting Kansas City – and it could mean a move for Fijian international Roy Krishna.

The American side tried to buy Krishna from Wellington Phoenix in January but the club rejected the bid. However, Krishna has since missed three games through injury amid rumours he is interested in the move.

Today Colorado Rapids paid Sporting Kansas City for an international player slot, allowing them to bring another foreign player into the club. A club statement said: “Colorado Rapids Soccer Club announced on Tuesday that the club has acquired an international roster spot from Sporting Kansas City for the 2018 season in exchange for $100,000 in General Allocation Money.”

However, Colorado, who are managed by former New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson, already have nine overseas players including New Zealand internationals Tommy Smith and Deklan Wynne.

That means even with the new spot Colorado would need to send a player out on loan – probably Wynne – and buy another international spot if they wanted to sign Krishna.

A move for Krishna would be a historic one. It would make the A League star the first Pacific player to appear in the MLS since Benjamin Totori in 2008 and would bring a new focus onto the continent.

Krishna is one of the best players to ever come out of the Pacific islands. He is one goal away from Paul Ifill’s Wellington Phoenix goal record and at 30 years old is one of the best attackers in the A League.

Phoenix are keen to keep the striker and have offered him a new contract but he has not signed it so far. He is also two games away from activating a clause in his contract that would automatically extend it for another year. He has missed the last three games through injury but his agent has denied he is sitting out games in order to avoid the clause.

If he does not play two more games he would be available on a free transfer at the end of the season, where he could join the Colorado Rapids squad.

A move would leave Phoenix without one of their star players, and fans hope the international spot purchase is not related to Rapids’ interest in Krishna.


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