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On Wednesday, the Colorado Rapids announced they signed defender Thomas Piermayr to a MLS contract after the Austrian international spent the past three weeks training with the team. Piermayr's deal will cost the Rapids an international roster spot, but the terms of the deal were not disclosed. Piermayr will be available for Colorado's next game against Vancouver on Saturday, April 5th.

"Thomas has really impressed us in his time on trial, and he also has a great deal of experience in Europe," said Paul Bravo, the Rapids VP of Soccer Operations. "He gives us depth at outside back on either the left or right side, and can play in the midfield as well. We're pleased to welcome him to the club."

Piermayr will provided much-needed depth to a defense that has been riddled with injuries. The Rapids are already without one of their best players in left back Chris Klute, who went down with a hamstring injury during the first game in New York. On the other side of the defense, midfielder Shane O'Neill has filled the role of right back nicely, despite it not being his natural position.

The 24-year old defender has experience playing professionally in Scotland, Norway, and Austria, including the Austrian Bundesliga. His last team was Lillestrøm SK in Norway's top division, where he played 10 matches at the end of the 2013 season.

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