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Colorado Rapids officially sign former Bolton Wanders CB Zat Knight

The transfer we've been waiting for for weeks has finally gone through.

Ben Hoskins

The least-kept secret in MLS over the past few weeks was that Zat Knight was going to be signed by the Colorado Rapids. Only paperwork was keeping the Rapids from getting their man for a while, but the wait was finally ended on Wednesday evening when the Rapids officially signed the large central defender.

Knight will, more than likely, see the starting XI right away after training with the team for so long, especially considering the inept defense that has continued to squander points away without him there.

You can see what a Bolton fan had to say about Knight here -- it's not particularly shining, though the transition from EPL/Championship to MLS probably won't hurt him -- here's a quote from that dissertation on our newest defender:

Knight was an enigma long before he came to Bolton. He won two England caps very early in his career, and many believed that Fulham had unearthed a real gem. But his infuriating inconsistency eventually soured that view. Knight moved to Aston Villa for decent money, then fell out there and went to Bolton for about the same price. What is most frustrating about Zat Knight is hard to pinpoint. He is extremely tall (6'6 or 6'7 depending on who you believe), yet not very good with his head. He is a large, muscular man, yet routinely gets pushed around by smaller players. He has good pace, yet never seems to get beyond a light jog on the pitch, even when he has been beaten and an opposing attacker is on a breakaway. But that is not the worst part. The worst part is that suddenly, without warning, he will become a monster. He will have stretch, maybe 5 minutes, maybe 5 games, where he is the best player on the pitch. He'll score a few goals, he'll dominate in the air, he'll control the box like a bigger version of Carlos Puyol, and almost singlehandedly lead his club to a clean sheet. And then, just a sudden as it began, it will end. He has won Player of the Month awards, and he has been dropped from the team in favor of career journeyman. In the same season!