Pareja says team is looking to sign another goalkeeper

Coach says team has a pool of options to consider for the short term until Pickens returns

Oscar Pareja at FC Dallas on March 2, 2013

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In light of Sunday's news that first choice goalkeeper Matt Pickens will miss 3-4 months with a broken arm, Rapids coach Oscar Pareja says the team is looking to bring in another 'keeper to compete with Clint Irwin and Stew Ceus.

"We are planning to find another goalkeeper for the short term," Pareja said after Tuesday's training at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. "We are factoring in how long Matt is going to take, (and) who is available. Matt is here, and hopefully in three months, four months we'll have him back. (However) we are trying to get a goalkeeper."

The 23-year-old Irwin made his MLS debut when he replaced Pickens in the 8th minute of last Saturday's match at Salt Lake after Pickens suffered a broken forearm. He became the third 'keeper to play in just the first three games after Stew Ceus started the season opener while Pickens recovered from a lower leg injury.

"We have a young goalkeeper like Clint, who is stepping up, but is still young," Pareja said. "We also have Stew. So finding a goalkeeper that can be in that competition race will be healthy for the team."

Pareja praised Irwin's play and indicated that the former Elon University standout could remain as the top choice, with Ceus as the backup. The second-year coach also said he has presented Technical Director Paul Bravo with a pool of goalkeepers that might be of interest, pending availability and negotiations with their agents.