A busy trading week has just been a bit busier for the Colorado Rapids, who announced Friday the acquisition of defenseman Lucas Esteves on loan from Brazilian football club SE Palmeiras.
The deal runs until June 2022 and awaits receipt of ITC and P-1 visas from Esteves, according to a press release from the club.
“Lucas is an athletic and technically gifted left-back with high profile South American experience,” Rapids general manager Pádraig Smith said in the statement. “We are delighted to add a player of his quality to our squad and look forward to welcoming him to Colorado. “
The acquisition of Esteves comes the same week the Rapids finalized a deal to send Sam Vines to Royal Antwerp FC and traded Nicolas Benezet to Seattle Sounders FC.
Esteves, 21, comes to the Rapids after spending a lot of time with Palmeiras, one of the most successful teams in the history of Serie A, the highest level in Brazilian football. The left-back has scored one goal in 27 appearances since his 2019 debut and was part of a 2020 squad that won the Copa Libertadores, Copa do Brasil and Campeonato Paulista. He has also been invited to train with the Brazilian national team for their Copa America campaign.
The São Paulo native joined the Palmeiras U-15 team in 2014 and had a brilliant youth career that included three national titles and two state championships between 2017 and ’19.