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Doyle Retires

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To quickly dispense with the mess from last night Dallas beat us in the first 10 minutes and then just ran the remaining 80 minutes off the clock with no threat they would ever lose. The Rapids are now officially eliminated from the playoffs.

Moving on to more important news, Kevin Doyle announced his retirement today, effective immediately.

International Duty Report

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Three Rapids were out on international duty over the break:

  • Tim Howard - USA: Howard started both World Cup qualifiers for the U.S. After not being particularly challenged in a shutout against Honduras he had more to do against Panama last night. While he did allow one goal there wasn't much he could do about it and otherwise he put in a man of the match contending performance the rest of the way.

Kevin Doyle Possibly Seriously Injured In Friendly

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Bad news out of Dublin. After getting a surprise start for Ireland Kevin Doyle was strechered off with what appears to be a serious leg injury. Early reports are calling it a possible broken leg.

Sentana tweet here

Independent article here

More info as it come in.

Loans & International Call Ups

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A little bit of mid-week roster news:

  • Appiah and Calvert have been loaned to Charlotte. This was fairly predictable. Calvert spent most of last year with the Independence while Appiah as a draft pick will be more likely to get time there than in Colorado. We'll see if anyone else makes the trip to the East Coast.

Rapids Get Reinforcements

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Two reinforcements for Colorado today. The big news was the official arrival of our new DP, Kevin Doyle.
By all reports Doyle is now available for selection for any games. His readiness to play, especially at altitude, is still up in the air.
The other piece of news is that Joseph Greenspan has been cleared by the Navy to play in MLS this year.

Ask And Ye Shall Receive!

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Last night's post about wanting Doyle early was on-target. The Rapids just sent out a press release announcing they will get him registered before the May 12th deadline and he'll join the team at the end of May. Well done Front Office!

Rapids Sign Kevin Doyle As 3rd DP

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The Rapids just announced that they have signed Kevin Doyle as our 3rd DP. I never thought we'd see 3 DPs at once this season and this is a quality third one to add to the mix. It fills a huge hole we have at target striker and should be somebody Torres and Ramirez can play off of.

However there is a but.

Hot Stove Season Hots Up

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Before we get to the player rumors, one piece of coaching news. Brian Mullan was named an assistant coach yesterday, Its good to see the team rewarding core players after retirement like this. Two-thirds of the MLS Cup winning starting midfield are now coaching at the club (Pablo, Mullan, and Smith with the Academy).

Former U.S. U-20 Doyle sent on loan to D.C. United

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D.C. United's busy summer of signings shows no signs of slowing down.

The club announced on Thursday that they had acquired midfielder Conor Doyle on-loan for the rest of the season from Derby County in England's Championship. D.C. United received Doyle through a lottery conducted by the league.


Get Doyle Signed Now

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A week from now the MLS transfer window closes and the Rapids won't be able to bring any other players until the secondary window opens July 1st.

Last weekend Wolves played their last game of the season, missing out on the Championship playoffs on goal differential.

Currently Kevin Doyle's contract with Wolves run through June 30th and his contract with Colorado starts July 1st.

Wenger revives interest in Wolves striker Doyle

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Arsene Wenger is keeping tabs on Wolves striker Kevin Doyle, a report in the Times claims this morning.

The paper says Arsenal are monitoring Doyle as a possible replacement for Nicklas Bendtner, should the Denmark international leave the Emirates. It is clear we need another forward as we will lose Gervinho and Chamakh on the African Cup of nation at the turn of the year.

Doyle scored when Wolves lost in first friendly (video)

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Yesterday Wolves were engaged in the first friendly game of the season against Crewe Alexandra and the match ended with a 2-1 loss. The outcome is of course not important, but that the players gets into it again and gradually gets more and more match fitness. Wolves changed all eleven at tea time, so that [.

Wenger to buy up an “British Backbone” for Arsenal? Doyle anyone?

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Now this must be one of the strangest Arsenal transfer rumours this summer! The Mirror reckons that Arsene Wenger is preparing a £12m bid for the Wolves striker Kevin Doyle after seeing him play his heart out for the Republic of Ireland against France. It seems that Wenger's plan is to get Doyle, along with [.

Wolves and Republic Of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle suffers setback

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Just as everything looks better than ever this season, Kevin Doyle suffers a setback with his injury. It was after the game against Sunderland Saturday when he played for twenty minutes, apparently with some pain that he aggravated the knee injury he has been out injured with for several weeks, writes the Irish [.

Kevin Doyle: Best player and Goal of the Year (video)

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Wolves excellent striker Kevin Doyle was yesterday voted the Senior International Player of the Year while his goal against EURO 2012 opponents Andorra was voted the International Goal of the Year for the republic Of Ireland. Paddytheflea congratulates Kevin for the FAI-award. He will probably play against Wales on Tuesday for his country.

Latest injury news

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It looks a little brighter than first thought when it comes to the recent injuries on Wolves players. Kevin Doyle is reported fit enough to play if he will be picked by McCarthy (and according to my pre-match article HERE he will). Stephen Ward is also reported fit to play, but I believe that Wolves [.

Three Wolves players in Republic Of Ireland squad

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Three Wolves players are named in the Trapattoni 27 man squad that will play three games starting with Norway. The three mentioned are Kevin Foley, Stephen Hunt and Kevin Doyle. Hunt is included for the first time since that horrible defeat against France in the qualifications to the World Cup. The Wolves on-loan striker [.

Kevin Doyle scores beautiful goal against Andorra (video)

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Just thought I'll show the ones of you who haven't seen it yet... Kevin Doyle ot just scores the goal, but he battles for posession to get the ball aswell. Just watch here: (it's 3-1 now (80′) after goals by Kilbane and Keane aswell) Filed under: Doyle, International, Video, Wolves

Doyler Armed for Armenia

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Andy Keogh, Kevin Foley and Kevin Doyle are all Wolves and all in the Republic Of Ireland squad that face Armenia away and Andorra at home in this break for the Euro qualifiers. But it will only be one of the three who will be in the starting eleven come tomorrow in Yerevan and that [...]

Fletch and Jelle doubtful for the Everton game

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The injury that Steven Fletcher got against Stoke looks to be more serious than first estimated. According to Wolves injury report yesterday Fletcher is not back in training yet and that of course will cast a doubt on if he will be ready to play Everton tomorrow. And much to my surprise our [...]

Doyle ruled out tonight and so is Edwards

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Wolves striker Kevin Doyle is ruled out for tonights Republic of Ireland game against Argentina. His calf injury stops him from playing tonight and my guess is that we will not see him on Saturday for Wolves against Stoke in the opening Premier League game either. Doyle to the press in Ireland earlier: "I need [.

Probable starting XI Republic Of Ireland v Argentina

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Despite that the Republic Of Irelands much loved coach Trappattoni is food poisoned and hospitalised after eating bad shellfish the Irish team for tonight's International against Argentina looks very strong. Wolves former striker Robbie Keane will get his 100th cap tonight, so if anybody has not counted him in among the true green greats before [.

Doyle: I should have kept my mouth shut!

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Doyle has now completed his scan in Ireland and there are no major problems with his calf. Nothing is broken. So we can expect him to play for Ireland on Wednesday against Argentina. Doyle said to the Official Wolves site: "I'd had a dead leg from the game against Hearts on Tuesday. And it dragged on [.

Injuries hits Wolves

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I thought Doyle didn't play today because of the match with Ireland next week but it is now announced that he is injured. He got a kick on his calf in the match against Hearts and it is sore, but probably not a serious injury. He will attend a scan when in Ireland to check [...]

Doyler will be a player for us unless someone offers the sun, moon and stars

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Manager Mick McCarthy gave a press conference from the Wolves squads head quarters at Carton House, Kildare, yesterday. The focus was, of course, on the Irish players in the team. Especially on the fabulous striker Kevin Doyle. "I don't think there's any doubt that he'll stay. Has there been an approach from Arsenal?

Head-To-Head-Stats: Fletcher (former Burnley, now Wolves) vs Doyle (Wolves)

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Well. What is this? Has the flea gone over the edge? No way! As you all probably know by now Steven Fletcher has signed for Wolves. We got him for the same price as Doyle, £6.5 million, Jez Moxey revealed. So I thought it would be an interesting labour to look at and compare the [...]

Player Ratings: Hull vs Wolves

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A draw against Hull away is not too bad. To come back twice from being one goal down is not too bad. But I am not totally pleased with the way Wolves played today. The team started well and was the best team at the pitch until the unfortunate goal in the back after eleven [...]

Probable Lineups: Hull vs Wolves

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Typical! When trying to write down the team lineups in my special programme it broke down and I can not get it up and working again. So you have to do without the professional graphics this time. Hull as well as Wolves have signed some new players in the transfer window. I think that some of [...]

Why doesn’t Doyle and SEB score as many goals as the best in the Prem?

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Kevin Doyle thinks that his old striker friend Ebanks-Blake will be back beside him against Hull on Saturday and I believe he is right. H e also talks about the lack of goals for Wolves in the Premier League so far to the Official Wolves site. "If we were scoring loads of goals, we wouldn't be [...]

Wolves will make fourth offer for Hunt of Hull

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According to a statement about the Wolves transfer policy by Jez Moxey recently (see also HERE) Wolves are going to make a fourth offer for a player we have tried to get to sign since the window opened Moxey to Wolves World: "We haven't given up on making at least one more signing and will probably make [.

Should we play as against Liverpool every week?

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Is this the way to play in the future? That is a most appropriate question after last nights success against Liverpool playing with a different formation of the team. Wolves manager had changed the formation from the traditional 4-4-2 that Wolves have played for most of the season to a way of positioning the players that [.

Player Ratings: Wolves vs Liverpool

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A hard battling Wolves team earned themselves a well-deserved draw against Liverpool tonight. They did not give away an inch to the top four team from the Mersey-side and in the second half they were the best team on the pitch and the team that deserved the victory the most. There were very few clearcut [.

Derby County

First professional goal a long time coming for D.C. United’s Doyle

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WASHINGTON — For a man in the business of bagging goals, Conor Doyle had to exert no small amount of patience before opening his scoring account.

But in D.C. United's 3-1 triumph over the Montreal Impact on Saturday, Doyle's 68th-minute winner ended the drought — nearly three years to the day after he inked his first professional contract.

Doyle, McInerney, Gyau among 24 called into U-20 December camp in Florida

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Thomas Rongen has selected his 24-man roster for next week's United States Under-20 training camp, and it includes nine first-timers along with a number of players already established at that level.

Among the notable additions are Derby County's Conor Doyle, who will be making his first appearance at any level of the U.


Ireland face striker dilemma

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With just two matches left in the qualifying process for the 2012 European Championships, the Republic of Ireland remain in with a very real chance of getting to their first major tournament since the 2002 World Cup.

Thierry Henry and France's controversial- and undeserved- win meant heartbreak for the Boys in Green in the 2010 World Cup play-offs.

Arsenal transfer rumours May 28th – Doyle, Wilshere, Cahill, Hazard and Fabregas latest

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Yet another Barcelona wannabe president has chimed in with his tuppenceworth today as Marc Ingla insists Cesc Fabregas will definitely be arriving at the Nou Camp. Ingla said: "Cesc will be a Barcelona player, yes, yes. The money is not as important as his dream because he wants to return to Barcelona and it's a dream [.

The Rest

Euro and Copa Wrap-Up

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Now that all the relevant Rapids teams have been eliminated from the Copa and Euros lets see how it went.

We'll start with the easy one, the Euros. Albania was 3 and out, being the worst third placed team with one win and two losses. Still, not bad for their first ever major tournament and their win over Romania was a major victory for them.

International Break Part II

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Just a quick post.

In this weeks 'things to look out for' column in The Guardian, I was alerted to an old blog written by Paul Doyle about Hodgson's arrival at Fulham during the winter of the 'Great Escape' season.

Doyle not only gives a very insightful review of Hodgson's past but also makes bold claims that Hodgson will be an excellent choice for Fulham at a time when most did not give us a hope of staying up and the majority of mainstream journalists were asking questions such as 'Hodgson who?

60′s Memories – The Law according to Denis

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The best goalscorer Manchester United legend Denis Law has ever seen is Jimmy Greaves but when he looks around the Premier League the striker he can relate to best is Wayne Rooney. Law does not watch...

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Doyle, Gatt, Gil score goals in U.S. U-20 draw with France

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Life after the disappointment of the 2011 CONCACAF championship has begun for the United States Under-20 national team.

Conor Doyle, Josh Gatt and Luis Gil each scored as the U.S. U-20s tied host France, 3-3, in a friendly on Tuesday.

Doyle, who had two goals and two assists in the regional tournament, continued his run of form internationally.