Is Kamani Hill the badass that Rapids fans seem to think he is or will he always remain the super-sub for Oscar Pareja?
Through the month of December, Burgundy Wave will do a short review of every player who received even a paltry sum of minutes in 2012. We start with the goalkeepers and then move our way up to the forwards. Today, we'll cover Kamani Hill.
Name: Kamani Hill
Stats: 5 goals, 2 assists
It seems that a plucky little American international by the name of Kamani Hill caught the hearts and minds of Colorado Rapids fans in 2012. Unfortunately, he didn't exactly get very much playing time, but the fans called for him all the same.
I have a slightly unpopular opinion in this particular debate.
I'm not quite as convinced as everyone else is on Hill's abilities to be an everyday starter for this team. I mean, the guy scored five goals for sure, but three of them were against Chivas USA, two of them were in the final two garbage games of the season and some of them were from a super-sub role. If staying on the bench for 60 minutes a game gets Kamani at his best, I say the team should keep him there. Heck, the Dynamo were able to win an MLS Cup with Dwayne De Rosario as a super-sub instead of a starter, so it's not unprecedented.
The other side of that coin is, of course, the fact that he was reportedly suffering fitness issues for a while in 2012 since he joined the squad. Kamani's a guy we'll have to learn more about next season. For now, we'll tip our hats for the goals he scored and hope that it was a sign of things to come.
The good news? Even at his worst, Kamani is still a great player and one that should stick around for quite a while.
PLAYER RATING: 5
.GIF TO SUM UP HIS SEASON:
Pictured: Kamani Hill getting off the bench to enter the game