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Rapids sign center back Tommy Smith

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The 27-year-old defender comes from Ipswich Town FC.

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This morning, Colorado Rapids announced that they have officially signed Ipswich Town FC defender Tommy Smith. The 27-year-old came up through the Ipswich youth system, and had a total of 268 appearances (and 23 goals) for the second-tier English team. He had four appearances with the England U-17 and U-18 teams, but holds dual nationality and has been a regular member of the New Zealand All Whites since 2010.

Rapids Executive Vice President & General Manager, Pádraig Smith believes that Tommy Smith’s “experience and leadership will be great assets for us, and we look forward to him joining us in Arizona this week for the start of preseason training camp.”

Tommy Smith has been signed to a two-year contract with a club option, and he will take up an international spot. He’s also the third New Zealand National Team player that the Rapids have signed since Anthony Hudson was hired as head coach.

Editor’s Note: Pádraig Smith has mentioned bringing in 1-2 center backs and 1-2 strikers in the offseason. According to the club, that’s still the plan, so we should be seeing at least a couple more signings before it’s all said and done.