This season we'll be taking a look at every player who has worn a Colorado Rapids jersey over the 18 years of the club's existence. Who was the best player to wear a particular jersey number? I'll list them, and you can vote and comment on the best players to don the burgundy...or black and blue...or green...
Today we're looking at every #27 who has appeared in at least one Major League Soccer or CONCACAF Champion's League match for the Rapids.
- Shane O'Neill -- 2013
Wearing #36, he saw 4 minutes of action in 2012, but Boulder's-own O'Neill he has been a revelation for Colorado in 2013 as #27. His move to defense (suggested by Tab Ramos) also led to his call-up to the U-20 US National Team in 2013, where he has become an increasingly important player. Just 20, O'Neill has a bright future with the club.
- Kosuke Kimura -- 2007 - 2012
Kimura is quietly one of the best defenders to ever play for Colorado. His 123 league and playoff appearances on the right included 115 starts, 5 goals, and 9 assists. Along with going the distance in the MLS Cup win in 2010, his Rapids' highlight has to be his game-winning goal in the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals against San Jose. He was traded to Portland in 2012 after losing his starting spot (at times) to Hunter Freeman, and now plays for New York Red Bulls.
- Byron Foss -- 2005
Foss filled in for Joe Cannon in 6 games (5 starts) in 2005. He posted a winning record (3-1-2), 2 shutouts, and a .94 goals-against average. He retired the following year and now does commercial real estate in California.
- Marquis White -- 1998
White's best year as a Rapids player came as #27 (he moved to #12 in 1999). In his 20 games (3 starts) in 1998, he scored 4 goals with 1 assist. He coached in college for 3 years after retiring, and now teaches and coaches youth soccer in California.
#27 was also worn by Stephen Keel for a year (2006), but not a year in which he played any games.
So who's the best Rapids player to ever wear the number 27? Vote below!
My Pick: I'm as much on the Shane O'Neill bandwagon as anyone else, but he still has a ways to go to equal Kosuke Kimura's six-year impact. I don't doubt O'Neill will surpass Kimura in the end, but for now Kimura is still the best #27.