Picken to Colorado, Bouna Time Over

Picken to Colorado, Bouna Time Over

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 15, 2009
  • 2009 MLS SuperDraft, Baggio Husidic, Bouna Coundoul, Matt Pickens, Trades

The MLS return of Matt Pickens is pretty close to happening. Also, Bouna time in Colorado is done. That’s the news of the afternoon that was mixed in the draft. Colorado Rapids have parted ways with goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul, but have found a replacement in none other than former Chicago Fire goalkeeper Matt Pickens.

The Fire traded Colorado the rights to Pickens in the trade that saw them swap second-round picks and acquire Baggio Husidic. The Fire also got some allocation in the trade. I mentioned the trade during the live draft chat here at WVH, but didn’t have the full details at the time.

Pickens, who spent part of the 2007/08 season with Queens Park Rangers, has signed with MLS and is expected to be the Rapids new starter this year.

I like this deal for both sides. The Fire moved up in the draft while the Rapids get a keeper they can rely on for the coming years.

What do you all make of this deal for both sides?