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 Hendry Thomas.
Name: Hendry Thomas
Appearances: 27 (2301 minutes)
Stats: 2 goals
When Hendry Thomas joined the Rapids at the end of 2012, he immediately shored up the back half of the lineup and helped them to look a bit less embarrassing defensively down the homestretch. His passing ability and tackling were both instantly the best on the team, and we were expecting to see that transition into 2013. Though he wasn't quite magisterial, Thomas did exactly that in his sophomore season with the Rapids.
His passing was once again among the best in the league, and he notched a couple of goals for himself as well. Along with Nathan Sturgis he allowed Oscar Pareja to build his team into the 4-2-3-1 that got them into the playoffs.
The only real complaint that could be levied against Thomas was the fact that his tackling numbers went a bit higher than we expected this season, and he occasionally toed the line of danger a bit too often. That resulted in a few cards and suspensions that were detrimental to the squad.
Thomas might not be back with the Rapids next season because of the cap crunch, but I personally hope they do everything in their power to try and keep him around. His talents may be quiet most of the time because he rarely makes anything flashy happen, but he's one of the engines that keeps the team running when they're going at full throttle and without him, the playoff turnaround of 2013 may never have happened.
PLAYER RATING: 7
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Pictured: Hendry Thomas against most attacking midfielders.