Kevin Doyle in line for Colorado Rapids debut against Vancouver Whitecaps

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The ex-Wolves and Reading striker is expected to make his MLS bow in tonight's match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Colorado Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni has revealed to MLSsoccer.com that new striker Kevin Doyle could make his MLS debut in Saturday’s home clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Doyle, 31, had been due to join the Rapids when his deal with Wolverhampton Wanderers expired on June 30, having signed a pre-contract agreement in March, but the two sides reached a settlement earlier this month to allow him to make an immediate move.

The Irishman’s arrival comes at a much-needed time too, with Mastroeni’s side sitting bottom of the Western Conference ahead of Vancouver’s visit after scoring just nine goals in their first 10 games of the season.

Forced to start unproven rookie Dominique Badji up top in recent games following the sale of Jamaica international Deshorn Brown to Norwegian side Valerenga, the Rapids boss is thus keen to get his new front man on the pitch as soon as possible.

“His fitness levels are great so it’s all about getting acclimated,” said Mastroeni. “We’re doing whatever we can to make him available for selection [against Vancouver].

“What he brings is an element of sophistication to the game and an understanding of the space, what to occupy and how to create for his teammates. Not only finishing but creating opportunities for his teammates, I think this is what he’ll bring to our team.”

After joining Reading in 2005, Doyle would go on to score 92 times in 357 appearances during his time in English football, while also amassing 61 caps and 14 goals for the Republic of Ireland.

His production has dried up somewhat in recent seasons after falling out of favour at Wolves but the Wexford-native is confident he can produce right off the bat with Colorado – perhaps even as soon as this weekend if his jet lag does not hinder him too much..

“It’s just about getting the jet lag out and getting used to the altitude,” added Doyle. “When I woke up the next day after flying in I had to catch my breath, so that was something new. It should be an advantage because it boosts you when you’re playing in other cities. It should help me more than hinder me in the long term.”

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