Rapids Re-Sign Danny Earls


By Ryan Scally, Rocky Mountain Correspondent

Photo: Rick Morrison

The Colorado Rapids have re-signed defender Danny Earls. Earls was a member of the Rapids championship team in 2010 and was traded to Seattle this past off-season. Earls was released by Seattle last month near the end of training camp.

You may remember that Prost had a chance to talk with the young Irish defender earlier this year. You can see the interview here.

Below is the Rapids press release courtesy of the Colorado Rapids Media Department:


COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Wednesday, March 30, 2011) – The Colorado Rapids announced today that the club has signed defender Danny Earls and midfielder Josh Janniere. Per club and league policies, financial terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

Earls was a part of the Rapids’ championship squad in 2010, playing 18 games at left back. He was traded to the Seattle Sounders FC at the end of the season and was released by the Sounders last month. Previously, Earls spent two seasons with the USL-1 Rochester Rhinos. He gained significant experience while playing with English Premier League side Aston Villa’s Reserve squad from 2005-2008. Earls has also been capped as a member of the Republic of Ireland’s U15, U16, U18 and U19 National Teams.

The Rapids acquired the rights to Janniere from Toronto FC in exchange for a 2013 3rd round natural Supplemental Draft pick. Janniere joined the Toronto FC Youth Academy when he was 15 after playing for the Ontario Provincial Team. He played three seasons with the Senior Youth Academy side, traveled with the TFC first team during the 2010 preseason and spent the 2011 preseason with the Rapids.

Earls, the 21-year-old from Dublin, Ireland, and Janniere, an 18-year-old from Toronto, Canada, become the fourth and fifth international players on the team’s roster, leaving two international slots remaining.

Colorado continues their regular season this weekend as they face D.C. United at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Sunday, April 3 at 5 p.m. MT. Season tickets are available by calling the Rapids at (303) 825-GOAL or online at www.ColoradoRapids.com.

Danny Earls – Defender

Number: 2

Height: 5-9

Weight: 160

Born: April 22, 1989 in Wicklow, Ireland

Hometown: Dublin, Ireland

College: —

Last Club: Seattle Sounders FC

Roster Status: International


Josh Janniere – Midfielder

Number: 7

Height: 5-7

Weight: 160

Born: November 4, 1992 in Hamilton, Ontario

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

College: —

Last Club: Toronto FC Senior Youth Academy

Roster Status: International




Colorado Rapids – Sign defender Danny Earls and midfielder Josh Janniere.



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