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 Dillon Powers.
Name: Dillon Powers
Appearances: 30 (2457 minutes)
Stats: 5 goals, 6 assists
Right before the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, Jeff Larentowicz was traded to the Chicago Fire for the 11th overall pick. Dillon Powers wasn't even the most notable pick of the day for the Rapids; they went for Deshorn Brown five picks earlier with their first pick of the first round. Powers was seen originally seen as a replacement for Larentowicz or the departing Eric Avila. He was expected to be a defensive-minded box to box guy, and certainly wasn't expected to start or get any more than 1,500 minutes.
With Martin Rivero out of the picture on opening day, Powers instead stepped into one of the most important roles on the team right from the start. He impressed, and was perhaps one of the best players on the team against FC Dallas. He kept on getting better as the year went along, and the head injury that kept him out for the final chunk of the season was perhaps the biggest reason that the Rapids completely collapsed the very end of it.
In the end, Dillon Powers was more than just the Rookie of the Year. He was also almost certainly the Rapids' most valuable player.
PLAYER RATING: 8
.GIF TO SUM UP HIS SEASON:
Applaud yourself, young man!