Colorado Rapids sign Irish striker Kevin Doyle, will join in summer

The Colorado Rapids have bolstered their attack by confirming the signing of Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle as the club’s third-ever Designated Player.

Doyle will join the Rapids on July 1 on a two-and-a-half year contract, when his current deal with Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers expires at the end of the current season.

The 31-year-old has struggled to see much first-team action with Wolves this season and has been limited to just five appearances, all from the substitute bench, including Friday night’s 2-0 win against Derby County as he came on in the final minute of the game.

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He spent the first half of the current season on loan at Premier League side Crystal Palace but was limited to just three league appearances from the bench in those games too, seeing just 34 minutes of action.

The chance to play regular first-team football in MLS with the Rapids will be something Doyle will be relishing and the Irishman feels it is the perfect time to make the switch stateside.

“I am delighted and very excited to be moving to the Colorado Rapids,” Doyle told the club’s official site.

“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.

“Colorado is a great place to bring up a family. 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.

“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.”

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Doyle has bundles of experience and has scored goals at international level as well as in the Premier League, Championship and League One.

The move to MLS will be a new challenge for the two-time Irish Player of the Year and Rapids Technical Director, Paul Bravo thinks he can be the man to make the difference.

“We are truly excited to add Kevin to our roster. We believe he can bring a great deal of experience to our squad having played in the Premier League and at the highest level of international football.

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“We really believe that he will be a difference-maker for us over the course of the next three seasons. His ability to help us in all areas of the offense will be invaluable.

“Kevin has signed a two-and-a-half year contract which will begin on July 1 with a club option for 2018.  He is currently involved in a very close promotion race with Wolverhampton Wanderers and we look forward to him joining us in the near future.”

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