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Mid-April in Colorado but the orange ball still made an appearance after a blizzard last night

Injured duo Kevin Doyle and Sean St Ledger were probably relieved that they missed out on this one.

Image: David Zalubowski

IT’S SAID THAT many players head to Major League Soccer because of the lifestyle.

So many clubs are located in cities that can almost guarantee year-long sunshine, for instance.

And then there’s the other side of the coin.

Like in Colorado on Saturday night.

Local MLS side, the Rapids, were hosting the New York Red Bulls but a blizzard blew up right before the game got underway and dropped a lot of snow.

Kick-off was delayed by half an hour as maintenance staff tried to get the pitch in some sort of playable condition.

MLS Red Bulls Rapids Soccer Source: David Zalubowski/AP/Press Association Images

MLS Red Bulls Rapids Soccer Source: David Zalubowski

Once the match started, it was the hosts who controlled things. With the club’s two Irish internationals – Kevin Doyle and Sean St Ledger – out injured, the Rapids did have their marquee signing to rely on.

Jermaine Jones is a powerful US midfielder who impressed at the 2014 World Cup while still at Schalke, where he spent seven seasons.

He returned to MLS last term but only remained with New England for one campaign.

His long-awaited Colorado debut came last night and he didn’t disappoint, scoring the first goal and setting up the winner for Dominique Badji.

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