By J.A. Babiak

The Rapids front office announced that they have re-signed 23-year-old midfielder Dillon Powers to a multi-year contract. As per MLS policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to the MLS Players Union Web site, Powers is guaranteed $127,650 in total compensation in 2014.

“I’m really happy to be at the heart of what we’re building here in Colorado,” said Powers, a University of Notre Dame graduate.

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Photo by Marko Babiak

In very short order, Powers has earned the respect of the Rapids front office, coaching staff, and his fellow MLS playmakers. “With these young players coming in, we don’t quite always know how it will pan out for them,” said Rapids Assistant Coach Steve Cooke. “Dillon over the last 18 months has shown that he is not only able to play at this level, but he is able to do very, very well at this level. He signs a new contact that keeps him at the club for years to come, and we then get to hopefully help him develop even further and become a top player in the league. That is significant. It also shows other younger players that if they come here, work hard, and perform consistently well over a long period of time, they also have the opportunity to further their careers here.”

Powers was the 11th overall selection in the first round of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. Edging out teammate Deshorn Brown and Seattle Sounder DeAndre Yedlin, he won the MLS Rookie of the Year award. Powers has quickly become the cornerstone of the Rapids midfield. This season he has contributed five goals and nine assists in 27 games, surpassing his rookie achievements of five goals and six assists.

“Dillon had a tremendous rookie year with us, and all this season has shown steady improvement,” said Rapids Vice President of Soccer Operations and Technical Director Paul Bravo. “We are in the process of building the foundation of our club around players like Dillon — young, talented, and soccer-smart. We’re thrilled that he will be a part of the Rapids for years to come.”

In August Powers became the youngest Rapid to wear the captain’s armband. “He’s been asked to fill some very big shoes with Drew Moor’s injury and has shown great maturity and responsibility in the midst of difficult results. I’m very proud of him and excited to see his career develop,” said Rapids Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni. Mastroeni added, “I got the opportunity to briefly play alongside Dillon when he first came here, and he has amazing potential.”

With Powers wrapped up for several more years, fans can enjoy watching his improvement in the Colorado kit.