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Aurora native Davy Armstrong has experienced an entire career's worth of struggles in his first four seasons as a professional. After a career-threatening injury, and loan to a lower-division club, Armstrong has finally arrived at his ultimate goal.

On Thursday, Armstrong signed his first professional contract with the hometown Colorado Rapids.

"Davy has done a lot of work to recover from his knee injury, and we're thrilled that he's back to full health," said Paul Bravo, the Rapids Vice President of Soccer Operations. "Now that he's back to full health, we're happy to have the additional depth that he gives us, and will give him a chance to earn a spot as he continues to develop and improve as a player."

Armstrong first signed a Homegrown Player deal with the Rapids back in 2010, choosing Major League Soccer over a scholarship at the University of Washington. He made his pro debut with the Rapids in 2012, but tore his ACL while on loan to Phoenix FC last season. Despite the devastating injury, the Rapids were convinced Armstrong can help the team once he returns to full capacity.

"I'm happy to have signed a new deal with the Rapids, and will be working hard to return to match fitness," said Armstrong. "This is an opportunity to try to establish myself in the team, and I'm looking forward to the challenge."

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