LOS ANGELES (Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023) – The LA Galaxy today announced that the club has acquired forward Michael Barrios from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for the Galaxy’s natural first-round pick in the 2024 MLS SuperDraft. Colorado could receive up to $50,000 in conditional 2024 GAM if certain performance metrics are met by Barrios.
Barrios, 32, has recorded 43 goals and 60 assists in 266 career regular-season appearances (207 starts) across nine seasons played in MLS (2015-Present). In three seasons with the Colorado Rapids (2021-23), Barrios recorded 12 goals and 16 assists in 87 regular-season appearances (51 starts). During the 2023 campaign, Barrios, who will not occupy an international roster slot on the Galaxy roster, logged two goals and two assists in 20 league matches played (7 starts) for Colorado.
“Michael is a dynamic attacker who has the capacity and quality to play wide or through the middle,” said LA Galaxy Head Coach and Sporting Director Greg Vanney. “His experience and success in the league will be an important addition to our team for the stretch run. We welcome him and look forward to integrating him into the group.”
The Barranquilla, Colombia, native tallied eight goals and six assists in 33 matches played (25 starts) in his first season with the Rapids in 2021. Prior to joining Colorado, Barrios totaled 37 goals and 50 assists in 211 matches played (180 starts) across all competitions in six seasons with FC Dallas (2015-20), including helping the club win the 2016 Supporters’ Shield and the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. In 2019, Barrios ranked third in MLS with 15 assists and added five goals in 32 regular-season appearances (31 starts) for Dallas. Barrios ranked tied for fourth in MLS with 14 assists and added three goals in 34 games played (28 starts) for FC Dallas during the 2017 campaign. Barrios registered a career-high nine goals and added two assists in 32 regular-season games played (30 starts) in his second season with Dallas in 2016.
The Colombian began his professional career at Uniautónoma FC (2010-15), where he recorded seven goals and four assists in 38 matches played across all competitions.
Transaction: LA Galaxy acquire forward Michael Barrios from the Colorado in exchange for the Galaxy’s natural first-round pick in the 2024 MLS SuperDraft on Aug. 3, 2023.
Date Of Birth: April 21, 1991
Birthplace: Barranquilla, Colombia
Last Club: Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Acquired: Acquired from Colorado Rapids in exchange for Galaxy’s natural first-round pick in the 2024 MLS SuperDraft on Aug. 3, 2023.