Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Colorado Rapids Say Goodbye to Veteran Cooke
MLSnet.com, July 29th, 2009 3:02PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

On Tuesday, The Colorado Rapids released Terry Cooke, one of their most popular and long-serving players, to make room for Scottish striker Jamie Smith. The 32-year-old midfielder had played in just 10 of the Rapids first 18 games, making five starts, well behind the pace that saw him log his 100th match with the Rapids earlier in the year, his fifth season with the club. Cooke led the Rapids in assists last season, and was also No. 3 in the league. But Rapid's coach Gary Smith has been more reluctant to play Cooke this year, a decision that has frustrated many Rapids fans.

"The crux of it is, Terry's not played an awful lot of [soccer] this year," Smith said. "He's obviously one of the bigger earners. My thoughts were that we really needed to look toward the future. In Jamie Smith, that we've brought in from Aberdeen, I hope we've got an individual that will be able to achieve what Terry's achieved in the years that he's been here. Because of [Smith's] age he's got more in front of him."

The Rapid's coach also lamented the way MLS's contractual constrictions forced a decision that he called "extremely tough." "The reality is, this league, and the rules that surround it with regard to contract, and semi-guarantees, and waivers, is very different to Europe," Smith said. "It breeds a lack of stability for players at times. It's a shame. But what I don't want to detract from is the fact that Terry's been a good servant of the club. He's played some good [soccer] for the club. He's been one of those characters that I think quite a few fans have gotten on board with, and he's entertained them. But what I do hope in the future is that some of those same people can get behind some of the up and coming players that we've got."

 

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
City's Negredo Breaks Foot    
Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo has broken his foot and will be out of action for ...
Liverpool Close to Remy Signing    
Liverpool on Monday activated the release clause of Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy, agreeing to ...
Evra Joins Juventus    
Juventus on Monday confirmed that Patrice Evra has officially joined from Manchester United on a two-year ...
Prandelli: Balotelli's World 'Far Away from Reality'    
Cesare Prandelli has said he did not fall out with Mario Balotelli during the World Cup ...
German Defender Biermann Commits Suicide    
German defender Andreas Biermann has committed suicide following a long battle with depression. The 33-year-old former ...
Uruguay President: Suarez Needs a Psychiatrist    
Uruguay President Jose Mujica claims that Luis Suarez needs help from a psychiatrist rather than a ...
Gerrard Announces England Retirement    
England captain Steve Gerrard on Monday announced that he is retiring from international competition. Gerrard made ...
Six Shakhtar Players Defect as Fighting Continues in Donetsk     
Six players from Shakhtar Donetsk refused to return to Ukraine for the club's new season as ...
Michu Joins Napoli on Loan    
Swansea City on Friday announced that striker Michu has joined Napoli on a season-long loan deal ...
Report: Juve Signs Morata    
AS is reporting that lvaro Morata has effectively become a Juventus player. The Spanish daily says ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives