Rapids acquire Irish international Sean St. Ledger

Colorado Rapids announced on Friday that they have acquired defender Sean St. Ledger. Per MLS and club policy terms of the deal were not being disclosed.

The Irish international had been a regular starter for Orlando City SC before he was released on August 1. The 30-year-old featured in 15 MLS games for Adrian Heath’s side this season, amassing a total of 1,213 minutes.

In international football, St. Ledger has amassed 37 caps for Ireland, scoring three goals. He made his debut against Nigeria in May 2009 and scored his first international goal against Italy in a World Cup qualification game the following October.

He arrived in MLS in 2015 after 12 years in English football, the vast majority in The Championship. The center back appeared in 199 games for Preston North End and, most notably, scored the goal that took them to The Championship playoff semi-final in 2009. He also made 79 appearances for Peterborough and a further 44 for Leicester City under manager Nigel Pearson. 

In addition, St. Ledger had loan spells at Middlesbrough and Millwall. His final club before moving to the U.S. was Ipswich Town. In total he has played 302 games in English football, scoring 15 goals.

“Sean is an important addition to our roster,” said Paul Bravo, VP of Soccer Operations and Technical Director. “He has leadership skills and experience having played at a very high standard in English football, in addition to a long career with the Irish national team. Also he has had half-a-season in MLS so he will complement our existing squad. We are sure he’ll make a valuable contribution at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.”

The Colorado Rapids will host 2015 MLS All-Stars Kei Kamara and Ethan Finlay plus the rest of the Columbus Crew SC on Saturday night (7:00 p.m. MT). For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.ColoradoRapids.com or call 303-825-GOAL.

Name: Sean St. Ledger

Position: Defender

Citizenship: Irish

Birth date: Dec 28, 1984

Previous Club: Orlando City SC

Acquired: On August 7, 2015 from waivers

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