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Ireland, Wolverhampton striker Kevin Doyle headed to Colorado Rapids on July 1

Kevin Doyle, Dmitriy Shomko

Republic of Ireland’s Kevin Doyle, left, is tackled by Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Shomko during their 2014 World Cup Group C qualifier soccer match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)


Kevin Doyle is going from a promotion push to the Rocky Mountains.

The Ireland and Wolverhampton striker, 31, is set to join the Colorado Rapids attack on July 1, becoming the club’s third Designated Player in history. The Rapids say it’s a two-and-a-half year contract with a club option for 2018.

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Signed from Reading to Wolverhampton in 2009, Doyle has recently had loan stints at QPR and Crystal Palace.

He’s been capped 61 times by Ireland, and scored twice for his country in 2014.


“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.

“To be involved in the current squad that is on an exciting run is now my only focus, as it would mean so much to me to see us get back to the Premier League.”

Doyle has been on the outside of Wolves’ lineup for most of the year, and his lone club goal came while on loan to Crystal Palace this Fall, and that was in the FA Cup against Dover. It will be interesting to see whether he fits the bill of a DP contract in Colorado given his struggles to find playing time with his Championship club.

Wolves have been led in scoring this year by Bakary Sako (12), Nouha Dicko (10) and Benik Afobe (8).

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