Jack Price - Colorado Rapids, Wolves | "Technically this league has come on leaps and bounds"
Jack Price, a product of Shrewsbury in England. Currently the captain of the Colorado Rapids in the MLS. Price joined the Rapids in January of 2018 for an undisclosed amount. Originally signing a four year deal with the side, he decided to extend his stay in the centennial state by signing a new contract at the start of 2022 for an extra 2 years.
Price made his debut appearance with the Rapids in february of 2018 CONCACAF Champions League against Toronto FC. In March of the same year he made his league debut with the club. After his debut season with the Rapids he succeeded the retired Premier League goalkeeper Tim Howard as captain.
The agenda around the MLS in years past has been the league is a retirement stage for European players to relax in their twilight years of their career but the dynamic of the league is changing with players now moving to the US with plenty of playing years left in the tank. Jack changed that narrative by moving from Wolverhampton Wanders at 25 years old which has also led to numerous players also moving over from Europe to test their game in the US.
Wolverhampton Wanderers academy graduate was an extremely popular figure during his time at Molineux - a hero to the fans as his performances helped Wolves gain promotion from League One and back into the Championship and Premier League. Jack has stated in a prior interview discussing his move from Molineux to the States “I found it tough when I first came, at Wolves the fans are amazing. Everywhere you go, you get recognised and you come to enjoy it… I do miss the fans on a matchday, driving up to Molineux for a game… That’s one side I miss”
Price isn't the only British player currently playing in Colorado, he is joined by Scottish players ex-Liverpool defender Danny Wilson and Sam Nicholson. Now captain of the Rapids and an integral part of their success, Price is regarded as one of the intelligent overseas acquisitions in recent seasons. Now completely at home in the Mile-High City we hope to see more success come from the Englishman.
Currently the captain of the Colorado Rapids in the MLS, how has your time been with the team?
My time with the rapids has been amazing! Especially the last 3 seasons under Robin Fraser (gaffer). First of all, him giving me the captaincy was a big thing for me at the age of 27 but also the confidence he has given me and my game has been huge for my career.
How would you say your season is going so far?
Our season is going okay this year. We’re not quite reaching the heights we did as a team last season but we are still in a good position to be in the playoffs come October. Big 2nd half of the season needed!
Acquired from Wolverhampton Wanderers, was it a culture shock when you made the move to Colorado?
Not so much a culture shock in terms of living but more so the travel we have to do for an away game. Flying to games was a different experience for sure. This year and last has been easier with every away game being chartered flights now.
You played around 115 games for Wolves, how was your time at Molineux?
I loved every second of my time at wolves. Playing for that club and those incredible fans was the best feeling I’ve had in football. The love they showed me and my family was amazing. Growing up through the academy from the age of 7 and making my first team debut in front of a sold out molineux is a feeling that I’ll never forget! I could never thank the wolves fans enough!
How does the English game compare to the US?
It’s hard to compare English football to the MLS. I’d say this was a more physical and athletic league when I first came in 2018. Now 5 years later the quality and types of players that are in this league is brilliant. Technically this league has come on leaps and bounds and is right up there with the best leagues in the world right now! The English game has more passion with the fans but you can see how much this league is growing around the world, not just here in the US. It’s all we know back home in England and nothing will beat the atmosphere in English football at all levels!