Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Rapids' Defenders Petke and Ward Waived

While the Colorado Rapids didn't lose anybody in the MLS Expansion Draft to Seattle Sounders, they did decide today to waive two defenders. Mike Petke, the 32-year old veteran and New York native, will be returning to his home state to play for the Red Bulls. Tim Ward, who didn't play for the first team this season after arriving from Columbus, is also waived. Ward is presumably a casualty of the apparent demise of the Reserve division. Petke, who returned to the team deep into the season after a long injury, played well for the Rapids in the closing stretch. It may just have been time for Gary Smith to look at some of his younger players at the back. The back four of Ugo Ihemelu, Cory Gibbs, Kosuke Kimura and Jordan Harvey now looks set to be the back four of choice next season though Smith has said he wants to being in another full back.

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