Without a doubt, it’s been a frustrating start to the 2015 Major League Soccer season for Pablo Mastroeni’s Colorado Rapids, but reinforcements are on the way and arriving in the Mile-High City sooner than previously anticipated.
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Initially, Irish international Kevin Doyle wasn’t supposed to join the Rapids until July 1, following the expiry of his current contract with English Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers on June 30.
But, following Wolves’ failure to qualify for the promotion playoffs, Doyle, who signed for the Rapids in March, has been granted an early release by the club in order to make his move Stateside nearly two months early. The 61 times-capped Irish national team striker (14 goals) will now join the last-place team in MLS’s Western Conference “by the end of May,” according to a release by the club on Wednesday.
MLS’s primary transfer window closes on May 12, which means Doyle will have to be officially registered as a member of the Rapids roster in order to play for the team before the secondary window opens on July 8.
“We always thought this might be a possibility if Wolves did not achieve their target of promotion,” said Paul Bravo, VP of Soccer Operations and Technical Director.
“We know he is a proven goalscorer at a high level. We are confident he will not only help our younger players in their progression but also add to the group.
Doyle has enjoyed a high-caliber career in English football since joining Reading in 2005, scoring 92 goals in 352 appearances overall.
Per MLS’s new roster rules, Doyle’s salary cap charge as a Designated Player will be $436,250 (12.5 percent of the new $3.49-million cap).