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Colorado Rapids sign Lucas Esteves on loan

Jul 17, 2021; Commerce City, Colorado, USA; Fans look on before the game between the Colorado Rapids and the San Jose Earthquakes at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Mandatory Credit: C. Morgan Engel-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 17, 2021; Commerce City, Colorado, USA; Fans look on before the game between the Colorado Rapids and the San Jose Earthquakes at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Mandatory Credit: C. Morgan Engel-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rapids have signed Brazilian defender Lucas Esteves on loan until June 2022.

Esteves, 21, arrives from Brazilian side Palmeiras. The Rapids have the option to make the move permanent when the loan is complete.

Esteves made 27 appearances for Palmeiras since making his debut in 2019.

Left back Sam Vines left Colorado for Belgium’s Royal Antwerp earlier in the week, and Esteves is being brought in to replace him.

“Lucas is an athletic and technically gifted left back with top-level experience in South America,” Rapids general manager Padraig Smith said. “We’re thrilled to add a player of his quality to our group and look forward to welcoming him to Colorado.”

–Field Level Media