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 Nick Labrocca.
Name: Nick Labrocca
Appearances: 24 (1214 minutes)
Stats: 1 goal, 3 assists
I was actually kind of surprised to see that Nick Labrocca was fourth on the team in minutes among midfielders, but then I remembered that the majority of those minutes didn't come as a midfielder at all. Oscar Pareja's team traded for Labrocca in the off-season in place of the rights to Eric Avila, and at the time he was expected to be a fill-in for either Martin Rivero or one of the defensive midfielders.
Instead, Labrocca was bizarrely set out as an outside wing-striker for the majority of his appearances. Specifically when he was paired with Atiba Harris, it usually ended in mediocrity for the Rapids. I don't really blame Labrocca for having a blah season, and he was almost never an actual detriment to the team while playing. He just wasn't the kind of spark that a team that was already having problems linking the defense and offense needed when he was out.
Besides, I can't get too mad at the man who scored the infamous ASS GOAL.
PLAYER RATING: 4.5
.GIF TO SUM UP HIS SEASON:
He did nothing much, but it worked out in the end!