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Colorado Rapids release Steven Emory

Steven Emory has officially been released by the Colorado Rapids. The former Metro State midfielder had done fairly well under Gary Smith last season in the reserves but was never able to crack the first team past one appearance in an essentially thrown game to the Chicago Fire in the Open Cup and apparently did not impress the new regime enough to keep around.

From the official press release:

The Colorado Rapids announced on Thursday that the club has released Steven Emory. The midfielder signed with the Rapids after an open tryout before the 2011 season, and did not make an appearance with the club in MLS play.

"We’d like to than Steven for his efforts for the club over the last year, and wish him the best moving forward," said Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo.

Emory’s only official match with the Rapids was a March 30, 2011 U.S. Open Cup match at the Chicago Fire. He made nine Reserve Team appearances last season, and came on as a substitute in both the Rapids Reserves matches so far this year.