As we do every year, through the month of December we'll be doing ratings and reviews of every player who played even a slightly significant amount of minutes for the Colorado Rapids in 2013. We'll start from the goalkeepers and move our way up to the forwards. Today, we'll cover Anthony Wallace.
Name: Anthony Wallace
Appearances: 6 (107 minutes)
The bad luck for Anthony Wallace continues. Rewinding back to 2009, he was a fringe player for FC Dallas, trying his darndest to get his name back into the US Men's National team discussion at left back. A quick trade with Dallas later, he was one of the most underrated pick-ups of the 2010 season for the Rapids. The plaudits all went to the trades for Brian Mullan and Macoumba Kandji, but Wallace filled a spot that had been fumbled between Danny Earls and Scott Palguta until he showed up.
Obviously, it worked, and the Rapids had an MLS Cup to show for it. He got a USMNT call-up and played against Chile. When 2011 began, he was starting against the expansion Portland Timbers. Two big injuries later, he entered 2013 as a fringe prospect once again. In preseason, he looked awful as he tried to get back, once again, after a bad injury.
Unfortunately for him, Chris Klute stormed onto the scene and made it nearly impossible for Wallace to find the field. On the rare occasion he was able to get minutes, he was up and down. He put in a few mediocre stints in the midfield, had one pretty good substitute performance at left back, and didn't do a whole lot else.
Is this the end for Anthony Wallace in Colorado? Kory Kindle appears to be the new regime's choice as a young left back option, and Wallace didn't do enough to impress and get on the field. He does have talent, and may make an interesting trade piece for the Rapids if they re-sign him. If he is going to stick around, he's going to need to have a hell of a preseason if he wants to make it to the end of 2014.
PLAYER RATING: 3
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