Four players who have ditched British clubs to join the Colorado Rapids
It has become increasingly popular for players to swap England for the Major League Soccer (MLS). We have seen the odd player move to the MLS from England recently, such as Derby County's Johnny Russell to Sporting Kansas City and Crystal Palace's Jordan Mutch to the Vancouver Whitecaps.
However, there is one club who have delved more than others into the British market in their player recruitment in the American transfer window and they are the Colorado Rapids.
The 25-year-old midfielder left high-flying Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers to join the Colorado Rapids in January. Wolves fans were disappointed to see him leave as he had first joined the club in 2001 and was a product of their Academy. After making his first-debut for the Midlands club in August 2013 he had gone to play over 100 games for them.
However, Price had fallen down the pecking order at Wolves under new boss Nuno Espirito Santo and felt a change was needed to kickstart his career. He has signed a four-year deal with Colorado and is looking forward to the next chapter of his career.
Like Price, Joe Mason left Wolves to join Colorado in January. The Irish striker has joined the Major League Soccer outfit on loan. He spent the first half of this season on loan at Championship strugglers Burton Albion but returned to Wolves after just five months. He has struggled to find a permanent home so far in his career and has had stints at Plymouth Argyle, Cardiff City, Bolton Wanderers and Burton. He joined Wolves in January 2016 and has only scored six goals for them since. You never know, he could find his feet in the MLS and turn out to be an inspired signing by Colorado.
Colorado Rapids bolstered their defence in January with the signing of Danny Wilson. The Scotland international was signed from Rangers, where he had been since 2015. He did, in fact, start his career at Rangers and came up through their Academy but was snapped up by Liverpool in 2010 for around £2 million. However, Wilson struggled to break into the Reds first-team and had loan spells away from Anfield at Blackpool, Bristol City and Hearts. He then left Liverpool on a permanent basis in May 2013 to join Hearts on a free transfer. He impressed in his two seasons with the Edinburgh side and re-joined Rangers, where it had all began for him. However, he was in and out of their team this season and was allowed to leave the club in January. He will be hoping that he can get his career back on track in the MLS.
Wilson's centre-back partner will be the experienced Tommy Smith. Although he was born in England, Smith is a New Zealand international. He had played for Ipswich Town for ten years before Colorado signed him in January. The 27-year-old had played 263 games for the Tractor Boys and wanted a new challenge in his career. Ipswich fans would have been sad to see him leave them after being their longest-serving player in their current squad, however, the opportunity to play in America was obviously one that Smith wanted to take.