The Colorado Rapids announced today that Kevin Doyle will be retiring from professional soccer, effective immediately. In the official announcement from the team, Doyle said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time with the Colorado Rapids and playing in MLS has been a fantastic experience. The staff, players and fans here have made me, and more importantly, my family feel at home in Denver and we will miss it.”
The Irish forward appeared in 71 regular season matches in the 2.5 years he was with the Rapids, earning 16 goals and eight assists in that time.
Rapids Sporting Director and Interim General Manager Pádraig Smith sang Doyle’s praises. “Kevin is both a terrific player and a terrific person,” he said. “His contributions on the field have been invaluable, and off-the-field he has been a wonderful influence on the locker room as well as the community as a whole. His efforts will be sorely missed.”
Doyle, 34, suffered a concussion on September 2nd vs. LA Galaxy, and we haven’t seen him on the pitch since. In 25 appearances this season, he had five goals and four assists. Doyle also issued a statement on his Twitter account that explained the role of the concussion in his decision:
Statement on my retirment pic.twitter.com/3dTXdk4EXU— Kevin Doyle (@KevinDoyle1983) September 28, 2017
He also recently spoke with Brian Jennings for an article on the Burgundy Wave about how the striker position has changed over the 16 years he’s been playing professionally.
We wish Kevin and his family nothing but the best - he will be missed!