Colorado Rapids sign Kevin Doyle as designated player

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by RYAN BRISTER
MLS Beat Writer

With Deshorn Brown on his way to Norway, the Colorado Rapids made an effort towards replacing him by signing Irish forward Kevin Doyle.

Doyle joins the club on a designated player contract in July, after his current deal with Wolverhampton Wanderers expires.

“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 said in a statement. “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 is just the third designated player in Rapids history. Colorado signed Gabriel Torres in 2013 and Juan Ramirez this past offseason. While those two were in their early 20’s at the time, Doyle comes with the experience of a 31-year-old.

Dolye has 37 career goals in 164 appearances in the Premier League for Wolves, Reading, and Crystal Palace. He also has 14 goals at the international level, having earned 61 caps with Ireland.