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Last December, Colorado goalkeeper Clint Irwin and defenseman Chris Klute both managed to parlay outstanding 2013 seasons into opportunities to train overseas in the offseason. Since then, both men have proved why they are mainstay players in the MLS and were rewarded by the Rapids with new contracts on Friday.

The Rapids announced that both Klute and Irwin received new deals, with the terms of each left undisclosed (per league policy). Per salary figures release last season by the MLS Players Union, Irwin made $35, 125 dollars, while Klute pulled in $46,500 for 2013. Based on salary figures of players in comparable positions in the Western Conference, both players should reach/exceed the $100,000 barrier with their new contracts.

"I love it here with the Rapids, so I am very thankful to have signed a new contract," said Klute. "Denver has become a second home, and this club has great people, from my teammates to the coaching staff, and most of all the fans."

Despite both players going down with injury during the first two weeks of the regular season, each expressed gratitude for the franchise's commitment to their careers.

""The club has shown faith in me throughout the past year," said Irwin. "And I wanted to show my commitment as well. I'm eager to continue working hard and pursue a championship."

Klute led the Rapids with 7 assists last season, and earned an invite to train with the United States National Team following the 2013 MLS season. Irwin was also deserving of praise in 2013, earning a franchise-record 10 shutouts and a 1.10 goals-against average.

The Rapids will next face the defending MLS Champs in Sporting Kansas City on Saturday (March 29th) at 4:00pm at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

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