Rapids Youngster Cole Bassett Rejects Benfica

Cole Bassett in 2021
Cole Bassett in 2021. Photo by Jason Whitman/NurPhoto/Shutterstock (12130358ad)

Unlike many of his peers, Colorado Rapids rising star Cole Bassett isn’t in a hurry to depart for Europe. According to Tom Bogert of MLS Soccer, Bassett had an opportunity to sign with Portuguese powerhouse Benfica earlier this week but decided to reject the movie in favor of staying in MLS.

Bogert reports that the Rapids and Benfica had a deal in place that would see the MLS side breaking its previous transfer record. However, Bassett wanted to play out the 2021 season in Colorado with hopes of making a run for the MLS Cup trophy with his boyhood club.

Bassett later confirmed the news in a chat with reporters, describing the decision as “very tough”.

“I mean it’s a Champions League club there. They got a rich history. You watch those teams when you’re growing up (and) you see all the players that have come out of there,” said Bassett.

Bassett has been playing well for the Rapids in 2021, playing 20 games in which he scored three goals and added two assists. His performances helped Colorado to emerge as a contender in the Western Conference, where they currently hold the No. 3 spot with an 11-5-4 record.

Reportedly, Cole Bassett will revisit the idea of playing in Europe when the transfer window reopens in January. He is expected to have a significant market once again, with Anderlecht and Vitesse being expected to join the race for his signature.