Matt Pickens in Norway

Colorado Rapids goalkeeper exploring opportunities abroad

Matt Pickens at Colorado Rapids training 2013

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Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens is currently training at Norwegian club Stabaek, the club that recently appointed former U.S. National Team head coach Bob Bradley as their manager. Pickens, who has been an excused absence from Colorado’s preseason so far, is in Norway with the Rapids permission as he looks for a new opportunity in 2014.

“We’ve been working with Matt to find a solution that is positive for both him and the club, so we’re allowing him to explore his options,” said Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo. “He’s been a great pro for this club, and we want to help him find a situation where he can play matches. We remain in contact with him and will continue working to find the best fit for him moving forward, whether it is here in Colorado or elsewhere.”

Pickens, 31, joined the Rapids in 2009 and has played 116 regular season matches and kept 29 shutouts, both club records. He suffered a broken arm in the third game of 2013 and was out for several months, during which time first-year goalkeeper Clint Irwin stepped up and held onto the starting spot. Pickens has been called up to several U.S. National Team camps, the majority when Bob Bradley was the U.S. coach.