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COLORADO RAPIDS DECLINE TO EXERCISE OPTION ON GOALKEEPER IAN FEUER

Starting Goalkeeper Will Not Return For 2000 Season

DENVER (Monday, November 29, 1999) - The Colorado Rapids today announced that they will not pick up the option year on the contract of goalkeeper Ian Feuer, meaning Feuer will not return to the Rapids in 2000.

Feuer (pronounced FOY-er), who joined Colorado from the New England Revolution in a February 24 trade, took over as the Rapids' starting goalkeeper for the final 19 games of the 1999 regular season. With Feuer in goal, Colorado went 10-9 over the last 19 games, before being the victims of a two-game sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS Western Conference Semifinals.

To his credit, his record was also a reflection of the Rapids' offensive struggles, as he did record a team-record eight shutouts despite playing just more than half the season.

Feuer took over as the Rapids' first-choice keeper following the departure of Marcus Hahnemann to Fulham F.C. of the English First Division. The Rapids were 10-3 when Feuer played his first game on July 4, a 3-0 loss to the Columbus Crew in front of 51,025 at Mile High Stadium. Colorado finished the season 20-12, its best-ever regular-season record.

Colorado now has one goalkeeper remaining on its roster, in the form of Russell Payne, who played only 14 minutes in 1999.

COLORADO RAPIDS (MLS): Declined to exercise the option on the contract of GK Ian Feuer.


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