Colorado Rapids (@ColoradoRapids) August 4, 2015
The struggling Colorado Rapids are on the hunt for some reinforcements before the MLS summer transfer window closes later this week, and it looks like one potential addition could come from across the Atlantic.
The club have confirmed on their official Twitter account that former Wolverhampton Wanderers defender and Charlton Athletic defender Roger Johnson is training with the club, although there is no word at this point on whether the two sides are working on a permanent deal.
Johnson spent the last three months of the 2014-15 campaign at Charlton after terminating his contract with Wolves, having endured a torrid four-season spell in the West Midlands.
The 32-year-old centre-back joined the then-Premier League outfit from Birmingham City in the summer of 2011 for around £4 million following the Blues relegation to the Championship, but he would go on to suffer two more relegations in successive seasons as the team dropped down to League One.
He played his last game for the club in the final-day relegation-sealing Championship defeat at Brighton in May 2013 and had loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham United, respectively, the following campaign after being transfer listed.
Returning to Molineux for the first half of last term, the 6ft 3in stopper spent the rest of his Wolves spell training away from the first-team, before leaving in February with 72 total appearances under his belt.
The Rapids, meanwhile, are sitting bottom of the Western Conference after 21 games, having record just five wins, a league-leading nine draws and seven defeats, while also scoring a league-low 19 goals – despite the arrival of Johnson’s former Wolves teammate, Kevin Doyle.
Nevertheless, with 22 goals conceded, their defence has been more than acceptable and, with a decent group of centre-back options in Drew Moor, Bobby Burling, Jared Watts, rookie Axel Sjoberg and the little-used but promising Shane O’Neill, it is debatable whether help in that area is needed.
O’Neill has been linked with a possible departure over the past week but, considering Johnson’s potential wage demands, it might well prove wiser for head coach Pablo Mastreoni to look elsewhere for backline depth.
In addition, having seen Zat Knight flop as a late-season addition in 2014, one would think that the Rapids might have learnt their lesson when it comes to signing ageing English defenders.
On the positive side, though, at least it would be impossible for Johnson to get relegated in MLS.