The Colorado Rapids have acquired striker Joe Mason from Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.
Here are three things to know about the 26-year-old striker…
1. He developed through the ranks with his hometown club.
Mason started his career at the age of 10 with his hometown team, Plymouth Argyle. He quickly became a regular scorer for the youth side and made a few appearances with the club's reserve team. He signed with the first team in May 2009 at the age of 18.
The striker made his senior debut against Sheffield United on December 5, 2009. Two months later on February 27, 2010, the Plymouth native scored his first professional goal against Sheffield as he found the back of the net with a left-footed shot in the 56th minute. Overall, Mason netted 10 goals and three assist with the Pilgrims before he signed with Cardiff City on a three-year deal.
2. He's represented the Republic of Ireland on the international stage.
Mason was born in England, but was eligible to represent the Republic of Ireland because of his mother's Irish nationality. He featured at the U-18, U-19 and U-21 levels and played an instrumental role in the Green Army’s first qualifying match of the 2009 UEFA U-19 Championship scoring a brace in Republic’s 5-0 win over San Marino. In all, the striker took part in 12 games, scoring a total of three goals.
3. He played alongside Jack Price at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
In Colorado, Mason will join former Wolves teammate Jack Price. During his time in the English Championship, Mason averaged a goal in every 2.88 games as he found the back of the net in 42 appearances.