With the official announcement and introduction of Tim Howard joining the Burgundy Boys earlier in the week, I figure it was time to revisit the Throwback Thursday idea and so why not go back to a previous fully bearded keeper in Rapids history in Matt Pickens.
Pickens came to the Rapids via the Chicago Fire trading his rights to the the club in 2009. Pickens featured in 116 matches from 2009-2013, playing 10,336 regular season minutes, posting a 42-43-31 record, 29 clean sheets, 313 saves and 146 goals against. Pickens post season numbers are 7 starts, 4-3-0 record, 23 saves and 3 clean sheets over 690 mins in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Pickens was of course a key player in the Rapids MLS Cup win in 2010.
Matt Pickens only played 2 games in 2013 before suffering a broken arm, replaced then by Clint Irwin. Pickens was released by the Rapids at the start of the 2014 season, then picked up by the New England Revolution in the waiver draft, only to be traded away days later to the NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies. Pickens currently plays for the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the NASL.
If there is one former player I would love to see come back as a first team assistant with the club in the future or in any position, it would definitely be Pickens.
Photo credit :Denver Post, stats via mlssoccer.com.