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Long negotiation finally nets Irishman for Rapids

Colorado's pursuit of Irish striker Caleb Folan has concluded successfully.

The MLS Cup champion announced Wednesday that Folan, 28, is joining the team in a transfer from Hull City. Folan had trained with the Rapids in preseason while a deal for Folan, which had more than a year remaining on his contract, was negotiated with Hull City. Terms were not disclosed.

The 6-foot-2 forward who has played seven matches for Ireland arrived in Colorado on Tuesday and trained with the club Wednesday. During preseason training in Arizona he scored a goal in a 4-2 defeat of the Galaxy, and joins perhaps the best forward tandem in MLS, Omar Cummings and Conor Casey.

Injuries have hampered Folan during his career, a fact cited by Coach Gary Smith. “Physically, there is no doubt he will be a great prospect within the team,” Smith told MLSsoccer.com “The thing we have to work with him on is his health.”

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