Since we are halfway through the season and about to begin the second half I thought I would give my thoughts on how our first year Rapids are doing. I am going down the roster in alphabetical order and will post the next 3 tomorrow.
Gale has played in one reserve match for the Rapids this year, so my review on him will be fairly quick as there is not much to review. In the reserve game at Sacramento, Gale played the full 90 in the 4-3 loss. Gale is 6 feet tall and a large force at center back. On the one performance I saw from Agbossoumonde, I would rate his match a 5 out of 10. Gale was constantly caught out of position, lacked technical quality on the ball, and was not nearly as quick as I guessed he might be. This easily could have been an off day for Agbossoumonde and you have to take into consideration it was his first game, so nerves had to play a factor as well as adjusting to new teammates.
2. John Berner
John Berner was thrown to the lions to start his MLS career. Berner looks like a European keeper (hair style) and I must say started his career out with a bang at the Red Bulls. Trying to fill Clint Irwin's shoes is a tall order I wish upon no rookie GK, but John Berner has done an excellent job when called upon to do so. Berner has earned 5 points in the 4 games he has played in, and in my opinion deserves the nod over Nasco. My rating for John Berner is a 7 out of 10.
The number ten in soccer is reserved for the distributor and playmaker, I've never heard what the number 19 is reserved for, but must assume it means lacking the ability to stay on your feet and slip everywhere if Charles Eloundou is any indication. My rating for Charles Eloundou is 5.5 out of 10. I have heard a lot about how fast he is and athletic he is, but there are a lot of fast athletes out there and these traits alone DO NOT make you a quality soccer player. Eloundou might be the most raw player in the MLS, and with some time spent in a lower division I think Eloundou could improve tremendously. I also think Eloundou only being 19 years old, his soccer IQ has not matured to where a MLS player's IQ should be. Eloundou has potential to be a solid player and works extremely hard on the field, but at the moment the Rapids need players who dribble with their heads up and can stay on their feet.