Rapids take Denver midfielder Sam Hamilton in first round of MLS SuperDraft

The Colorado Rapids selected a homegrown talent with their first-round pick in the MLS SuperDraft.

Colorado Rapids during game against FC Dallas at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, July 23, 2016. Rapids took the lead in the first half, and lost the lead when DC Dallas scored in the second half and the game ended in a tie 1-1. (Jessica Taves/For Denverite)

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The Colorado Rapids selected a homegrown talent with their first-round pick in the MLS SuperDraft. The club used the 15th overall pick to choose Denver Pioneers midfielder Sam Hamilton on Friday.

Hamilton was the Pioneers team captain in 2015-16. He started all 24 matches and was an integral part of a defense that ranked third in the country in goals against average (0.52). He was part of a Pioneers senior class that went 59-13-11 at the school.

Hamilton attended Evergreen High School, and he played his club soccer for the Colorado Rush.

Now he’ll stay in Colorado and join a Rapids side that allowed the fewest goals in the MLS last season and finished second in the race for the Supporter’s Shield.

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