Colorado Rapids pursued Portland Timbers signing Gilbert

Colorado Rapids coach Gary Smith has admitted he was interested in signing Kerrea Gilbert before he joined expansion franchise Portland Timbers on Monday.

Smith knows the 23-year old ex-Arsenal defender well and said he was keen on having a closer look at Gilbert at one stage before talks broke down, mainly because of mnoey.

“Kerrea is somebody I was always very aware of, and he could have been quite a nice addition to our group,” Smith told MLSsoccer.com. “We did start a dialogue, but it just didn’t fit.

“It wasn’t something that financially could fit into the budgets we had, and it wasn’t really a necessity to add another right back when there are other areas that need more attention.

“I am sure he will do very well for [Portland],” Smith concluded.

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