Colorado Rapids Sign Republic Of Ireland International Caleb Folan

Posted In Transfers - By Kevin McCauley On Thursday, March 17th, 2011 With 1 Comment

In a move that’s been a long time coming, the Colorado Rapids have finalized the terms of a deal with Republic of Ireland international striker Caleb Folan, and the former Hull City man is now a member of the 2010 MLS Cup Champions. Folan has been training with the club for an extended period of time, but it took a little while for the two parties to agree on a deal. Hull City agreed to a buyout of Folan’s contract due to his repeated fitness concerns.

There’s no doubt that Folan has the talent to be a game in, game out starter in MLS if he stays healthy, but that’s something he hasn’t been able to do consistently for a long time. For that reason, a team wouldn’t want to rely on him, so it’s probably a good thing that he went to a team that already has two good strikers. However, the presence of Conor Casey and Omar Cummings makes this move a curious one. Folan would be an automatic starter when healthy if he were just about anywhere else, so it’s interesting that he’s chosen to go to Colorado. Gary Smith has said that he doesn’t plan on using all three strikers in the same team, but Omar Cummings is likely to miss MLS games due to Gold Cup duty in the summer.

About Kevin McCauley - Kevin McCauley is the Editor in Chief of The Allocation Order. He is also the managing editor at World Soccer Reader and a contributor on multiple levels to SBNation

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  1. Remember too that he’ll likely play a lot later in games because Mac Kandji is still out and may be for a long time still.

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