Before the 2012 season began, I counted down the Top 10 keys to a successful season. Obviously, the season was anything but successful, so looking back at them is probably not going to be that much fun. Here's No. 2, Omar Cummings.
Few players have been more disappointing in the past couple of years than Omar Cummings. He was pretty good in 2009 and mighty good in 2010, even though he had a disappearing act during the playoff run that led to an MLS Cup. I think the most popular opinion around Rapids-land was that he was going to continue that great run and turn into an MVP candidate in 2011 and beyond.
Didn't quite work out like that. 2011 was an awful season, though he struggled a bit throughout the season with injury. Even then, his numbers were terrible. He had the injury argument, but came into this year relatively healthy and did the same exact gambit. A couple more goals in a batch more appearances, yes, but not exactly an MVP candidate. Worse, he was still suffering from the same 'gotta be the hero' complex that led to him taking terrible shots from 25 yards out, going for hilariously failed backheels and not shooting at all sometimes when he didn't like the angle he was at.
Not good stuff from Omar, and the glimmer of hope that we had that he would someday recapture his 2010 form might have flickered out by now. I think the hilariously terrible missed PK against the LA Galaxy early in the season sums up his season quite well. If there is one thing in Omar's defense, it's that he was being played somewhat out of position at times early in the year, being the highest forward in the 4-3-3 formation, but he had no such excuse later in the year when his form stayed the same.
Did I mention that despite having only six goals on the season, he led the team in shots? That 'awful finishing' I've been talking about this year came quite often from Omar's foot.
I think the best thing to come out of Omar's 2012 season was the 'cumming haha at the dick lolq' meme, actually. It might be time to move on to future players like Andre Akpan (who I once called the 'next Omar Cummings', actually) or Tony Cascio at the forward position.