So, the big waiving day is done for the Colorado Rapids and we've lost one player from each main position on the field except goalkeeper. All three were backups to be sure, but it's still rarely any fun to see young guys jettisoned. Scott Palguta, meanwhile, remains on the team. We're speculating that he's got pictures of where Oscar Pareja buried the bodies of his victims in Columbia.
Naturally, losing three players ahead of a big match means it's time to pull out the ol' Scott Palguta Depth meter.
For the uninitiated, the Palguta depth meter measures just how close we are to seeing below replacement-level players like Scott Palguta hit the field as a starter. One Palguta head is ideal, as it means there's plenty of depth to spare. Four heads means that we have hit peak Palguta, watch out!FORWARD:
Well, at least losing Quincy Amarikwa didn't hurt us too badly. Conor Casey and Omar Cummings are finally both healthy at the same time -- just writing that will probably cause Cummings to spontaneously combust -- and there's plenty of guys who have shown well in that 4-3-3 in the top positions like Tony Cascio, Kamani Hill, Brian Mullan and Andre Akpan behind them. I don't think anyone is worried about our forward situation right now, and if they start finishing slightly better it will be an ideal situation.
PALGUTA LEVEL: 1
Losing Ross LaBauex didn't really have much of an effect here, seeing as how he's been injured for most of the season anyway. We're still missing Pablo Mastroeni but the group of Jeff Larentowicz, Martin Rivero and Jaime Castrillon has done their job well enough. Castrillon is a concern recently but even though he hasn't been doing much, it's not like he's been actively hurting the squad. And did we mention that Jamie Smith is back?
PALGUTA LEVEL: 1
Oh, crapity crap crap crapola. Losing Eddie Ababio has literally guaranteed that if either Drew Moor or Marvell Wynne goes down injured in the next while, we're looking at some Palguta time.
PALGUTA LEVEL: 4 (ALERT, PEAK PALGUTA PROJECTED. RUN FOR YOUR LIVES)