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Rapids’ extend defender Drew Moor’s contract

Colorado Rapids v Philadelphia Union

CHESTER, PA - JULY 29: Drew Moor #3 of the Colorado Rapids plays the ball during the game against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park on July 29, 2011 in Chester, Pennsylvania. The Rapids won 2-1. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

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I’ve said before, Major League Soccer is built around “backbone guys” like Drew Moor.

The Colorado Rapids center back will never be a national marquee man; they’ve got Thierry Henry, David Beckham, Landon Donovan, etc., for the cover boy chores.

But the Rapids’ center back is a high-level MLS defender, the kind you build championship defenses around, as the men of DSG Park did in 2010. He’s the upper middle class of MLS, so to speak. Plus, he is a likeable fellow; no one ever minds sharing the locker room with nice guys like Drew Moor.

Plus, the Indiana University product has been remarkably durable considering the position he plays, center back, where the next collision is never more than a few minutes away. Moor first gained a starting MLS spot in 2005. In every season since the Rapids’ veteran has started no fewer than 27 matches.

At about $250,000 annually in salary, he’s making a good living without killing the Rapids on salary cap space. And finally, at 28 years old (but with eight years of MLS experience), plenty of quality years remain ahead.

All of that is why the Rapids were wise to get the guy signed up to a longer deal.

Rapids officials over the last few months had already tied up midfielder Jeff Larentowicz and striker Omar Cummings to longer term deals.