COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Thursday, February 21, 2013) – The Colorado Rapids announced today that the club has signed a pair of young players, goalkeeper Clint Irwin (above right) and defender Kory Kindle (above left), as the club continues to round out its roster. Irwin, 23, was a four-year standout at Elon University and has played professionally in Canada and the United States in the last two years, while the 21-year-old Kindle, the Rapids’ second round MLS SuperDraft Pick, starred for California State University Bakersfield from 2009-12.
“These two young players give us depth and will push others for playing time in their first MLS seasons,” said Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo. “Kory is a player we scouted over the last few years in college, and we were thrilled to get him in the SuperDraft, while Clint came to us highly recommended and made a great impression in preseason. We’d like to welcome both players to our squad.”
A native of Charlotte, N.C., Irwin played at Elon University where he was named All-Southern Conference in each of his four seasons on the team, setting school records in single-season and career shutouts. In 2011, he played for Capital City FC of Ottawa in the Canadian Soccer League before joining his hometown Charlotte Eagles of the USL PRO in 2012.
A left-back from Ventura, Calif., Kory Kindle played four years at California State University Bakersfield, making 72 career appearances and scoring 13 goals. The 5’11” defender earned NSCAA All-Far West Region second team honors in 2011 and Academic All-Conference honors in 2010 and 2011, and was drafted by the Rapids with the 25th overall selection in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.
The Rapids travel to California this week to play their final preseason matches, coming on Friday in Santa Barbara. Colorado opens the 2013 regular season on March 2 at FC Dallas, then returns home on March 9 for the home opener against the Philadelphia Union. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.ColoradoRapids.com or call 303-825-GOAL.