Colorado Rapids sign free-agent forward Alan Gordon to one-year deal

The Colorado Rapids announced on Monday the signing of veteran free-agent forward Alan Gordon to a one-year contract, conditional upon Gordon passing a medical exam.

“Alan is a proven goalscorer who’s enjoyed a very successful and productive career in MLS,” said Rapids sporting director Pádraig Smith in a club release. “He adds a powerful dimension to our attacking core and to how we want to play as a team. We’re thrilled that Alan chose the Rapids and we look forward to welcoming him to the club.”

Gordon arrives in Commerce City after spending the past two-and-a-half seasons with the LA Galaxy. Last year the 35-year-old scored three goals and added one assist in 22 matches. Gordon also saw action in three postseason games, including both contests against the Rapids in the Western Conference Semifinals.

“Alan has a lot of the qualities that we look for in a center forward and we are certain he will help us increase our attacking output,” said Colorado head coach Pablo Mastroeni. “He has been an exemplary pro with a wealth of experience playing in this league and we’re confident that he will bring the right mentality to our group.”

The bruising targetman has notched a total of 52 goals and 28 assists in 245 regular-season MLS appearances. In two spells with the Galaxy, Gordon captured two MLS Cups (2005, 2014) and one US Open Cup (2005). Gordon registered a career-high 13 goals for the San Jose Earthquakes in 2012, helping the Quakes win their second Supporters’ Shield. He also spent time with Chivas USA (2010) and Toronto FC (2011).

Internationally, Gordon has earned two caps for the US national team. His first came in a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Antigua & Barbuda on October 12, 2012, where he famously came off the bench to set up Eddie Johnson's game-winner and keep the USMNT on course for Brazil 2014.