2009 Recap: Yes, I know that isn’t the Rapids current logo. I yearn for the Rapids of old. Let’s call them Colorado B.D. (Before the Dick). This year, the squad showed so much promise. In fact, it looked as if they couldn’t miss the playoffs. However, shoddy play away from their home field resulted in them losing the playoff tiebreaker with Salt Lake and spending another season with no date to the Big Dance. 2009, like so many years prior, was a disappointment.
Top Players: While Conor Casey (16 goals) finished 2nd for the Golden Boot, the team’s real MVP was Omar Cummings, who sliced and diced his way through MLS defenses for 8 goals and a whopping 12 assists. Colin Clark (3 goals, 5 assists) was having a fantastic year until the injury bug bit him after 16 games. Nick LaBrocca continued to prove himself in MLS, and I also really liked what I saw out of young Jordan Harvey. That kid can play some D.
Symbolic Stats: Well, their road record (2-8-5) explains a ton about why their season went wrong. They also gave up more goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half (14) than any other team in the league, which tells me their entire coaching staff needs to be reviewing Any Given Sunday footage until 2010 begins. Their most telling stat though was their perfectly average record, 10-10-10. If that doesn’t define “mediocrity”, I don’t know what does.
2009 MLS Season Review: