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Caleb Folan on trial with Colorado Rapids

15 February 2011 3,993 views No Comment Written by Ronan

Last week Hull City gave Republic of Ireland international striker Caleb Folan permission to travel to the United States to look to extend his club career. The tall 28 year old currently finds himself on trial with MLS side Colorado Rapids, and has impressed coaches there.

With the 2011 Major League Soccer Season due to begin on March 15th, teams are in pre-season, training and playing friendlies. Former Leeds United and Wigan striker, as well as 7 time Irish international Caleb Folan is currently on trial with Colorado Rapids, and started the last two friendlies up front for the franchise.

He finds himself in the company of US National Team strikers Omar Cummings and Conor Casey, and partnered Cummings against Sporting Kansas City last week, while linking up with Casey yesterday. Colorado drew their opening friendly 0-0, but fared much better on Monday against Columbus Crew. Although neither striker scored during their 45 minutes on the pitch, Casey and Folan, both strong, sturdy frontmen, linked up well. Folan was unlucky not to score from a chip after a neat one-two with Casey.

Colorado Rapids head coach Gary Smith has been impressed with Folan, particularly in his partnership with Casey, and wants to keep him around for the long-term. “I thought the two guys worked extremely well today,” Smith told MLSsoccer.com. “I think the big difference with Caleb that people might see if he’s around a little bit longer, not only is he a very big specimen, he’s very athletic as well and he gets on the shoulders of center backs, he can get in behind players, he can threaten with his pace and power.

“Today the guys have seen very good targets and I think we’ve gotten a nice amount out of it. To try to keep him around a little bit longer would be a real achievement.”

However, with salary caps and various other wage restrictions, it may be difficult for both player and club to negotiate a fair wage.

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