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The Least Surprising Thing To Happen This Week

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The New England Revolution have claimed long time Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens off waivers.

The only thing surprising about this move is that it took the Revolution all pre-season and two regular season matches to realize that having two borderline back-up goal keepers isn’t as good as having one veteran goalkeeper with an MLS Cup on his resume.

Pickens, 31, began his career with the Chicago Fire, spent a season training with Queens Park Rangers F.C. in England, and has been with Colorado since 2009.  He has been called into numerous USMNT camps but has not yet been capped.

Pickens 1.25 GAA puts him in the top ten in MLS history among goalkeepers who have played 100 or more matches in the league and his 40  in 154 starts also puts him in the top twenty all-time in Major League Soccer.  He is also the Rapid’s record holder for games in goal, shutouts, and wins.  He missed most of 2013 after breaking his arm early in the season.  Upon his return to health Pickens was unable to unseat Clint Irwin as the Rapids starting goalkeeper.

I’m not sure who it will be, but the acquisition of Pickens will not be good news for either Brad Knighton or Bobby Shuttleworth.

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