Colorado Rapids Sign Scottish Winger Jamie Smith, Release Terry Cooke

Fred NockContributor IJuly 29, 2009

GLASGOW - DECEMBER 13:  Jamie Smith of Celtic runs with the ball during the Scottish Premier League match between Glasgow Celtic and Dundee held on December 13, 2003 at Celtic Park, in Glasgow, Scotland. Glasgow Celtic won the match 3-2. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Today, the Colorado Rapids said "goodbye" to one of their longest-serving players, midfielder Terry Cooke.  Cooke played in over 100 matches for the Rapids, eclipsing this milestone near the start of this season.  

He had not been playing much recently, however.  He had only started five games this season and only played in 10 of 18 games so far. It seems he had fallen out of favour with coach Gary Smith. 


"Terry's been a good player for the club, and a good professional at that as well," Rapids head coach Gary Smith said Tuesday, speaking on Marcelo Balboa's From the Pitch radio show a couple hours after the news broke. "These situations with more senior players rear their head every so often, and it doesn't really matter what club you're at."

The move was made to facilitate the addition of Jamie Smith. 

Smith is a winger who recently left the Aberdeen club.  After about a month of rumours and outright statements from Jamie that he was headed to Toronto FC, this amounts to a steal for the Rapids.  

Smith brings a lot to the table.  He has speed on the outside and an excellent cross.  Prior to Aberdeen, Smith played for Celtic FC and the 28-year-old also has two caps for Scotland.