Pickens signs new deal with Colorado

The Colorado Rapids and goalkeeper Matt Pickens have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract, it was announced on Wednesday.

Pickens has spent the past four years with the Rapids and is the club's all- time leader in shutouts.

"Matt has been a steady, confident presence behind our defense for several years, and his play keeps improving every season," said Rapids technical director Paul Bravo. "He provides leadership and stability in the back and we're happy to have signed him to a new deal."

A veteran of 143 MLS appearances, Pickens leads MLS with 78 saves this season and he becomes the fifth Rapids player to sign a multi-year extension since the end of the last campaign, joining Brian Mullan, Jeff Larentowicz, Omar Cummings, and Drew Moor.

"I'm thrilled to sign a new contract with the Rapids, and commit to staying here in Denver," said Pickens. "I feel good about the direction the Rapids are going in with Oscar Pareja leading the way, and we're all working toward the common goal of bringing this club another championship."