2013 Rapids Player Rating & Review - Chris Klute

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The next Eddie Pope? Well, maybe Wynalda got this one right. Chris Klute had a pretty darn good first full season in MLS.

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 Chris Klute.

Name: Chris Klute
Number: 15
Appearances: 31 (2696 minutes)
Stats: Seven assists

Chris Klute entered the 2013 season as the backup left back on the Rapids roster, and he was supposed to end up in a scrap-fight with Anthony Wallace and even Kory Kindle for that spot. Brian Mullan ended up getting the starting left back spot, and an injury pushed Klute into the starting spot.

The rest is history. Klute ended up taking the spot over with a vengeance. Not only was he sparkling going forward (his 7 assists led the team) but he also showed a defensive mettle that we aren't used to from such a young guy. He has been getting calls for a USMNT call-up, even perhaps one before the US goes to Brazil, and has been called the best left back in Major League Soccer. High praise. Though he, like everyone else on the team, faltered a bit near the end of the year, he was one of the key cogs in the big mid-season run that shot the Rapids into the playoff spots in the first place.

He'll get a slight knock on his grade because of the slow end to the season that he had, but the overall body of work is undeniable. We're all looking forward to seeing just how much better he can get.

PLAYER RATING: 7

.GIF TO SUM UP HIS SEASON:

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