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Hard times in Colorado just got harder; goalkeeper Matt Pickens has a broken arm

Mar 16, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

Matt Pickens head shot

The Rapids bad injury situation just keeps getting worse.

Colorado goalkeeper Matt Pickens left Saturday’s match with Real Salt Lake in the first half, and examinations show a broken forearm. No word as yet on how long the ninth-year pro will miss, but it doesn’t sound good.

This is club already missing starters Pablo Mastroeni, Edson Buddle, Martin Rivero and Jaime Castrillon.

Rookie Clinton Irwin, the third goalkeeper in three games for the Rapids, took over for Pickens. Colorado leads this game at halftime, 1-0, on a goal against the run of play by promising rookie Deshorn Brown.

Wondering if Kevin Hartman, who was still excellent in Dallas last year but dumped in a salary-related move, will be hearing from the Rapids?

The injury occurred on a Real Salt Lake corner kick:


  1. Dan Haug - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Irwin played very well in this match. I was really impressed with how he comanded his box. He came out decisively on a number of points and (most importantly) his defense really seemed to trust him. I think Colorado will be OK on the GK front.

  2. wrettubj - Mar 18, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Yeah, someone at the Rapids FO needs to get Hartman on the phone. Sign him to a one-year contract and wait for Pickens to get healthy.

    Sure Clint Irwin did a good job off the bench, but I always favor a keeper with a few more notches on his belt.

    On Friday night, I was just thinking that it is shocking that Hartman is still without a team. It is hard to believe that not one team in MLS could use the services of El Gato… but, here we are.

    It should not be that hard to bring Hartman on board at the Rapids. He needs a team, and the Rapids need a veteran keeper until Pickens is back… Not only that, I’m fairly certain that Hartman has some familial connections in the Denver/Boulder area.

    Steve, either way, any news on the Hartman’s future (be it Rapids related or not)? What’s that guy up to?

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