The Pablo Mastroeni era for the Colorado Rapids has gotten off much better than most pundits and supporters could have suspected.
For the purposes of this article, only players who are currently with the Rapids will be rated. In addition, the positions listed below are in reference to how the players are classified by the Rapids. This may not necessarily reflect where they have played this season.
Irwin has shown that there is not a sophomore slump in his play and his leadership. He is very willing to assume a leadership role in the back and has singlehandedly kept the Rapids in games. He is second (six total) in clean sheets, despite playing four fewer games then the MLS leader in the category--who has seven.
The rookie has played well capturing four starts and posting two clean sheets. He has performed well and has picked up more starts then I think he had planned on after being drafted by the Rapids.
Joe Nasco N/A
Nasco has yet to appear in a regular season MLS game, but has been in the 18.
Chris Klute 6.5
Klute has had an up and down year in which he has show his characteristic speed and aggressiveness, but has had some bad mistakes as well (the road game at FC Dallas comes to mind). He did miss several games to injury, but has looked better over the last couple of weeks.
Moor has been consistent patrolling the middle of the field and has picked up a goal and an assist and has been a big reason for the number of clean sheets the Rapids have produced this year
O'Neill has grown into the Center Back of the future for the Rapids and possibly the US Mens National Team. He grabbed his first MLS goal this year and has been the rock in the middle that the Rapids have needed.
Wynne started the year in the middle with Moor, but eventually moved out right and has looked very good up and down that right side. He is quietly putting together a great year and their is no real doubt that he is the first choice Right Back.
Thomas Piermayr 6.5
Piermayr is a new signing to the Rapids and has appeared in seven matches (all starts) and has slotted well with the more established Rapids back four. As Pablo continues his squad rotation policy, Piermayr should get more starts, and I have no issue with that.
Marc Burch 6.5
I was not sure of what to think of Burch when the Rapids picked him up in the off-season, but I have been pleasantly surprised with his effort, work rate, and toughness. He has played in over half of the matches this season and has done quite well either on the right or left side of the field.
John Neeskens N/A
He has played 68 minutes so far and it is difficult to assign a rating to him at this point.
Brian Mullan N/A
Mullan has made one appearance in the 18, but has yet to see the field.
The recently acquired defender has yet to see the pitch as a Rapids player.
Grant van de Casteele N/A
"Big Country" has not featured in a first team Rapids match this season.
Dillon Powers 7.5
Overall, this has been a very good year for Powers and there has been no evidence of a sophomore slump from Powers. He has three goals and four assists and the Rapids offense is better with him on the pitch. He had a bit of a howler in his last match, but that has been more of the exception then the rule.
Nick LaBrocca 6.5
LaBrocca has solidified his spot in the midfield and is playing well. He has an assist on the year and his physical play has been critical for the Rapids. He can, on occasion, make a boneheaded play or errant pass, but he has played at a level that made other midfielders expendable.
Dillon Serna 6.5
A goal and two assists has been the spoils for Homegrown player Serna. He has had a good first half of the year and his speed and creativity have been a big asset to the Rapids. He has featured in 13 games this season and should get more playing time as the Rapids push for a playoff berth.
Watts has emerged as an important player on this team, garnering 9 appearances and is playing beyond his years. He is surprisingly tough in his play, but can on occasion make the rookie mistakes that costs points.
Hairston has made 11 appearance this year and has shown his versatility by playing up front, attacking mid, and holding mid. He has speed that is deceptive, but can get caught out of position and tries to out-think his opponents from time to time. He has an assist for his efforts.
Jose Mari 6.5
Jose Mari has participated in 10 of the first 17 matches and has picked up three goals to kick off his inaugural MLS campaign. He is a true holding midfielder and has played in front of central defense and has used his touch and passing skills to help move the ball forward. He has missed matches this year due to injury and suspension which has brought his score down.
Davy Armstrong N/A
Armstrong has yet to make an appearance with the first team this year.
Carlos Alvarez N/A
Alvarez recently joined the Rapids and has yet to feature for the team.
Edson Buddle 5.5
Strikers are paid to score goals and Buddle has a goal and an asset with only five shots on goal. In 11 matches. That is not an acceptable rate of return for a man wearing the #9 shirt
Vicente Sanchez 7.5
Sanchez has been nothing short of excellent in the seven matches he has played. He has six goals on the year, but has missed time due to injury. When he is healthy and on form, the Rapids offense is very tough to beat.
Kamani Hill 6.5
Hill has been a pleasant surprise and has made the most of his opportunity this year. He was largely an outcast under the previous coaching staff and has contributed two goals this year and has made nine appearance.
Gabriel Torres 4.5
Torres is a Designated Player and so much more is expected from him. He has made nine appearances and has one shot on goal. One. That is not acceptable in any scenario.
Five goals, 57 shots, 19 on frame and the rookie of the year runner up has looked great. Add the three more goals he picked up in the Open Cup and Brown is a key contributor, even with the occasional bad game.
Strikers score goals. It is hard to score goals with zero shots on goal in five appearances.
Eloundou has showed the flashes of brilliance this year in his six appearances but has not done anything to change the score sheet in a match. That being said, I am excited to see his growth over the second half of the season.