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Colorado Rapids already on recruiting path

MLS Champions Colorado Rapids are already on the recruiting path for the 2011 season.

Rapids coach Gary Smith is back in his homeland of England to hold talks with a few agents about the possibility of taking one or two of his fellow countrymen back to Denver.

Reports suggest that Smith will talk with one agent in particular who has an English client playing in the Greek Super League.

Only two Englishmen, Jordan Stewart and Nathan Ellington, are listed as playing in Greece's top flight but it is uncertain if either of these players is on the Rapids' radar.

"It's always just a little bit more intense over here in the football business," Smith told MLSsoccer.com. "Things get thrown up in these normal meetings - names you weren't necessarily aware of or you didn't know were available."

Smith also said that assistant coach Steve Guppy will watch some matches in England but insisted that their recruiting drive would not be as concentrated as it has been in the past.

"Steve will take in a few games down there in Southampton but, this time around, we don't want to cover as much ground as we have in the last two years," he added. "We're not traveling the country searching for individuals."

Andrew Slevison
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