With this year’s Major League Soccer season officially opened last March 6, the Colorado Rapids has also begun a major beefing up of their roster, with the team signing up Irish international Kevin Doyle into their fold.
The Rapids made the announcement on Friday. The Wolverhampton star is the third designated player that has been signed up by the Rapids in its 20-year franchise history.
Upon the announcement, the 31-year old striker expressed his excitement for the chance to play in the American soccer club. “I am delighted and very excited to be moving to the Colorado Rapids,” Doyle said in an interview posted on the Rapids’ official website.
“Sporting Director Padraig Smith, President Tim Hinchey, along with Technical Director Paul Bravo and Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni have impressed me with their ambition and vision for the club. And Colorado is a great place to bring up a family,” he added, thanking the officials for the opportunity.
Doyle also said that he is also looking forward to facing the competition in the league. “With so many great players moving to MLS to join up with the great American talent already there, it’s a great time to play in this league,” he noted.
“I know from talking to Robbie Keane that MLS is a great league to play in and I look forward to being another top Irish player there,” Doyle enthusiastically remarked, referring to fellow Irishman and current LA Galaxy player Robbie Reane.
When asked about his thoughts on leaving Wolverhampton, Doyle mused “I will be sad to leave Wolves, a truly great club that I’ve had the privilege to play for. I will always be grateful to the fans for their support; it is they who make Molineux such a special place.”
Doyle’s contract with the Rapids is set to start on July 1, but his move is yet to be officially recognized pending his medical and the granting of his visa.