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On Thursday, the Colorado Rapids announced the release of long-time goalkeeper Matt Pickens. Pickens spent the past five seasons with the club, setting the franchise records (for goalkeepers) in wins, shutouts (40), and games played (156).

"Matt was a great player on the field for the Rapids, but he also gave a lot of his time and energy to our community," said Rapids president Tim Hinchey. "We'll be rooting for him as he takes his next step in his career."

The move came as no surprise to those around the organization, with last year's emergence of Clint Irwin forcing the team to make a tough decision at starting goalkeeper. Irwin came on in relief of Pickens last March after Pickens suffered a broken arm against Real Salt Lake. In relief, Irwin was one of the best young keepers in 2013, making 91 saves in 32 games and helping the Rapids make the playoffs.

Colorado will face the Portland Timbers at 4:00pm Saturday, at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

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