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Pickens To Miss At Least 3 Months With Broken Arm

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Goalie Matt Pickens #18 of Colorado Rapids holds his left arm after a play at the goal during the first half of an MLS soccer game against Real Salt Lake on March 16, 2013 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. It has been reported that Pickens broke his left forearm on the play. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

Goalie Matt Pickens #18 of Colorado Rapids holds his left arm after a play at the goal during the first half of an MLS soccer game against Real Salt Lake on March 16, 2013 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. It has been reported that Pickens broke his left forearm on the play. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) – The Colorado Rapids will be without goalkeeper Matt Pickens for three to four months after he broke his left forearm in a collision against Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

Pickens had surgery later that night in Salt Lake City before returning to Denver with the Rapids on Sunday.

The 30-year-old Pickens punched the ball away on a corner kick before ramming into Real Salt Lake’s Kwame Watson-Siriboe during the fourth minute of the match. Pickens fell to the ground and was helped off the field.

Pickens has set club records for shutouts and wins since joining the team in a trade with Chicago in 2009. He played an integral role in helping the Rapids claim the 2010 MLS Cup.

The Rapids will play the Galaxy in Los Angeles on Saturday.

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