Could we see an Irishman don the Colorado Rapids jersey in early 2021? Our sources in Ireland certainly think so.
It has been suggested for the last few months that Jack Byrne has been considering a move away from Shamrock Rovers, who play in the League of Ireland Premier Division. Byrne has been a standout performer in a delayed 2020 season, raising the eyebrows of none other than the Irish National Team coach Stephen Kenny after a number of fantastic performances. Byrne also faced AC Milan recently in a UEFA Europa League Qualifier.
While sources close to Colorado Europe indicate that the Rapids would be interested in making a transfer to the MLS, there is no indication yet of a final decision. AFC Bournemouth, recently relegated from the Premier League, are making a strong push to gain instant promotion back to the big time and Jack Byrne has been heavily linked with the move. It is a common occurrence for Irish players to move to lower level clubs in England and the former Manchester City youth player may decide to 'play it safe', instead of moving to the MLS in the short term.
Another issue is his international hopes. Byrne may find it difficult to play for the Republic of Ireland men's national team if based in Colorado and many speculate that if Kenny believes he could make an impact, then he may stay in the UK or Ireland. Shamrock Rovers have also offered Byrne a new contract. He will be available on a free transfer at the start of 2021 for any club.
Watch this space.