2013 Rapids Player Rating & Review - Nathan Sturgis

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All the youngsters on the team having breakout seasons almost overshadowed a pretty good breakout for veteran midfielder Nathan Sturgis.

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 Nathan Sturgis.

Name: Nathan Sturgis
Number: 24
Appearances: 25 (2037 minutes)
Stats: 4 goals, 1 assist

Honestly, the trade with the Houston Dynamo last Christmas was more exciting to us because it was finally letting go of the underperforming Omar Cummings, not because of the package we got in return. Hell, our post on the subject was called OMARGEDDON, and we spent more time in the second paragraph talking about the allocation money than we did the Sturgis pickup.

Could you blame us? Sturgis was coming from his fifth team in MLS, and he had never caught on as expected after being picked up in the first round of the 2006 draft. However, being paired with Hendry Thomas at the back of the 4-2-3-1 that Colorado installed in the midst of an injury crisis appeared to be the key to finally unlocking his talent. Sturgis was fantastic for the Rapids during his first several games, scoring four times more goals in this season than he had in every other year of his career combined.

The form did drop off a bit as the season went along for Nathan, but it was nearly always the misfiring offense that caused late season struggles and not the Thomas-Sturgis pairing. With Hendry Thomas in doubt for 2014, Sturgis has been given a new contract, so we're likely to see even more of the former journeyman next year.

PLAYER RATING: 6

.GIF TO SUM UP HIS SEASON:

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Spongebob is us and Squidward is every other team he's played for.

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