PORTLAND, OR - JUNE 11: Drew Moor #3 of the Colorado Rapids celebrates with Pablo Mastroeni #25 of the Colorado Rapids after Moor scored in stoppage time to win the game against the Portland Timbers 1-0 at Jeld-Wen Field on June 11, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
This offseason, the Burgundy Wave staff will give short reviews on the play of all Colorado Rapids players who received a decent amount of time on the pitch during the season along with a season grade. Starting with Goalkeepers and then moving up the field as necessary from defenders to forwards, today we'll feature Drew Moor.
We've always said 'when we get a free kick, he will score, score, score' as fans but this was the year that he really showed his mettle as a goalscoring defender. His goals were rare, but always huge. The last second winner at Portland Timbers, the lone goal at home against FC Dallas and the only goals in the draws against DC United and San Jose Earthquakes were all pivotal goals when it came down to the homestretch and points were being pinched out by Colorado.
Along with the goal scoring was his incredibly consistent, clean and strong defense from both left back and center back during various injury spats this season. We've kind of come to expect his brilliance at defending at this point, but you can't mention Moor without it.
It's become rather expected at this point that Drew is going to be a guy penciled into the line-ups 10 games in advance. He is seemingly impossible to shake up, he's very rarely injured and his tackling is always so pristine that it's somewhat rare to see him earn a yellow card for himself, though he did draw more than his fair share this season. Drew wasn't able to keep his Ironman award from last year for playing every game on the year, but did set the MLS record for most consecutive league matches with 90 full minutes played before yellow card accumulation forced him to finally miss a game against the Los Angeles Galaxy. In a year full of downs for the Rapids, we at least had that record to look forward to seeing him dominate!
We're still just waiting for him to finally get onto the US Men's National Team. Come on Jurgen, is Clarence Goodson really that much better?
PLAYER RATING - 10