Cole Bassett has a new home. He will live and play in the Netherlands.
The Littleton native officially joined Feyenoord, one of the giants of Dutch football, on an 18-month loan deal on Thursday. Additionally, the Rapids announced that Bassett has signed a three-year contract until the 2024 season. If Bassett is transferred in the future, Rapids will retain the percentage fee for the sale.
Feyenoord even gave him a new nickname: Cool Kid Cole.
“We are extremely proud of Cole for having been given this opportunity to fulfill his dream of playing in Europe,” Rapids general manager Padraig Smith said in a club statement. “It is a testament to his talent, his performances here with the Rapids and his dedication to continuous improvement as a player. This move also reflects our unwavering commitment to developing young players and providing a path to the highest levels of the game. We look forward to seeing Cole’s continued growth and we wish him all the best as he takes the next step in his career.” .
Bassett became the second American to play for the club and is the first since former Colorado Rapids defender Cory Gibbs played for the Rotterdam side from 2004 to 2006. The move, first reported last week, was completed earlier Thursday after Bassett passed his medical, having been in Rotterdam since Tuesday.
Bassett joined Rapids Academy in 2017, after spending his youth career playing for the Colorado Rush. He made his Major League Soccer debut at the age of 17 in 2018, while still a senior at Chatfield High School. He played 72 games for the Rapids, scoring 13 goals and 11 assists.
There was speculation that he would move to Benfica last summer, but he turned down the deal for a final round with the Rapids, who finished first in the Western Conference and reached the second round of the MLS Cup playoffs. After the season, rumors began to circulate again, and Feyenoord the winner appeared.
He became the second local Rapids player to move abroad. Sam Vines, a defender from Colorado Springs, also jumped to Europe last season and now plays for FC Antwerp Royal in Belgium.
The two celebrated the occasion with a photo posted by Vines on Instagram saying, “Nice to see you again brother. Welcome to Europe.”
“Cole is an exemplary box-to-box player with an incredible ability to run,” said Frank Arnesen, director of Feyenoord Athletic Club, in a club statement. “This means that he can be an important link in the team both offensively and defensively. In addition, he is completely comfortable with the ball with both legs. He has what it takes to take the next steps in his development here at Feyenoord and become a more complete player. He also gets that time and these trust “.
According to the statement, Bassett will not be part of the weekend’s match against NEC Nijmegen.
As part of the final farewell, she brought the Rapids together highlight reel He thanked Bassett for his best moments as a member of the Burgundy Boys.
Fans will be able to watch both Bassett and Vines on ESPN Plus.