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UPDATE: Rapids have signed Wolverhampton forward Joe Mason

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I’ve got good news and bad news about this one.

Milton Keynes Dons v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images

UPDATE 2/19: At today’s CONCACAF Champions League press conference, Head Coach Anthony Hudson confirmed that the club has signed Joe Mason, pending his visa and paperwork. More to come when the details are formally announced.

When Steven Goff tweeted that the Colorado Rapids were “close to reaching a deal” to get Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Joe Mason on loan, I was intrigued. He was teammates with Jack Price, and he’s 26. Great!

Then I saw that he has had 42 goals since 2009 and hoped that maybe he just got to a slow start in the Championship. But according to his Wikipedia page, it’s not great:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Mason_(footballer,_born_1991)

Yes, that’s 7 goals in his last 39 games. According to Transfermarkt, Mason is worth more than $3.1 million.

It sounds like the striker wasn’t getting it done with the Wolves, so he was loaned to Burton Albion in August 2017 (the loan ended in January). It’s been said that Mason’s best games for the Wolves were when he played the 10 position, but a lack of performance and other players stepping into those roles lead some to believe that it would be difficult for him to get into a starting role this season.

BurtonMail reported that the striker has been “hugely unlucky with injuries and illness over recent months,” which has included a hospital stay for an acutely inflamed appendix.

Maybe if he was healthy, we could count on him to put a few in the back of the net? His goals per game average from 2015-2018 is very close to Dominique Badji’s, so maybe he could do something in MLS.

Here’s a video of his goals from 2013-2016:

Mason was born in England so he would take an international spot as well.