Sean St Ledger signs for Colorado after shock Orlando City exit
Ireland defender Séan St Ledger has opted to stay in the USA following his shock exit from Orlando City by agreeing a move to one of their MLS rivals.
Orlando effectively sacked St Ledger last week, reportedly following an off-the-field incident in New York, and the 30-year-old was immediately linked with a return to England as a number of clubs were keen on the defender.
But Colorado Rapids have moved quickly to snap up the former Preston and Leicester man, and St Ledger will now hook up with his Ireland team-mate Kevin Doyle, who joined Colorado from Wolves in May.
"Sean is an important addition to our roster," said Colorado's Technical Director Paul Bravo. "He has leadership skills and experience having played at a very high standard in English football, in addition to a long career with the Irish national team. Also he has had half-a-season in MLS so he will complement our existing squad. We are sure he'll make a valuable contribution at Dick's Sporting Goods Park."
Another Irish figure at the Denver outfit is also in the news as Colorado's Cork-born midfielder Shane O'Neill has quit the club to join Cypriot side Apollon Limassol.
O'Neill was born in Cork but raised in American and has played at U21 and U23 level for the USA, though he has yet to make a final decision on his international allegiance.
Meanwhile, former Ireland U21 cap Owen Garvan is training with Southend United in a bod to win his contract, having been released by Crystal Palace at the end of last season.