MLS (@futbolMLS) April 24, 2016
Kevin Doyle enjoyed a winning return from injury on Saturday night as the former Wolverhampton Wanderers and Reading striker helped the Colorado Rapids beat the Seattle Sounders 3-1 at home with his first goal of the season.
US international Jermaine Jones opened the scoring for the Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park with a thumping header from Shkelzen Gashi’s free-kick, before Luis Solignac extended their lead six minutes after the break.
Jordan Morris pulled one back for the Sounders in the 63rd-minute, however, before goalkeeper Stefan Frei saved Gashi’s spot-kick attempt three minutes later to set up a tense finish.
The Rapids eventually restored their two-goal cushion, though, when Doyle came off the bench to ice the result in the 86th-minute, pocking home Dennis Castillo’s cross from close-range to ensure the hosts ended the night with all three points.
The 32-year-old had missed the past four games after picking up an injury on international duty with the Republic of Ireland last month, but he will now have the chance to regain some match fitness over the coming weeks before finding out whether he has secured a place in Martin O’Neill’s 23-man squad for Euro 2016.
The Rapids, meanwhile, have made a solid start to 2016 after finishing bottom of the Western Conference last season, recording five wins, one draw and two defeats in their opening eights games to leave them second behind FC Dallas in the overall standings on 16 points.