Sources: Charlotte FC agrees in principle to acquire Andre Shinyashiki from Colorado Rapids
The deal is worth GAM$225,000 guaranteed plus an additional GAM$175,000 in incentives.
Shinyashiki, 24, is a former MLS Rookie of the Year (an award that has since been changed to MLS Young Player of the Year) for the Rapids, with 16 goals and six assists in 86 appearances (51 starts) after being selected No. 5 overall in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.
Playing time this season has been hard to come by, however, with Diego Rubio winning the starting center forward position and Colorado providing other options on the wing and in attacking midfield. The 24-year-old has appeared in all eight games for the Rapids, despite only accumulating 212 minutes. Colorado also just acquired designated player and U.S. international forward Gyasi Zardes, further cluttering the depth chart.
Shinyashiki and the club sought a positive solution, landing with Charlotte FC, where he will have the chance to compete more regularly for a few minutes. A number of other MLS clubs were interested, but Charlotte prevailed.
Before turning pro, Shinyashiki played at the University of Denver where he scored 51 goals while on campus, including 28 in his senior year, the most in the nation. He was a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, the award given annually to the best male college player.
Charlotte FC travel to face Orlando City on Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+), but Shinyashiki will not be available. The Rapids host the Portland Timbers later Saturday night (9 p.m. ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+).