Through the month of December, Burgundy Wave will do a short review of every player who received even a paltry sum of minutes in 2012. We start with the goalkeepers and then move our way up to the forwards. Today, we'll cover Jamie Smith.
Name: Jamie Smith
Stats: 2 goals
Rapids fans love them some Jamie Smith. He was one of the most oft-used players in Gary Smith's system of play and was the set-piece master for the team long before Martin Rivero came along. Unfortunately, the knock on him is always his injury-proneness, and that didn't change at all this year.
Smith came back to something resembling full health about halfway through the season, and immediately became a super-sub. His one start, the game against the Seattle Sounders, was probably his worst of the season as his fitness seemed to falter a bit. Fortunately, his ability as a super-sub worked out well enough. He had two goals in that role, but never seemed to get back to 100% health. Oscar Pareja got some flak for never giving him any starts during the season considering that small sample size of goals.
The question is, with Eric Avila now on the team, is Jamie Smith still wanted by the team? As of this writing, he still hasn't been re-signed. At the very least, he does have his green card now so he isn't taking up an international slot, but it's still no guarantee that No. 20 will be back in burgundy in 2013. In the end, it might depend on how healthy the team thinks he can stay. At worst, he will be a decent substitute next season.
PLAYER RATING: 5.5
.GIF TO SUM UP HIS SEASON:
"No Jamie, you can't start. Stay in the Supersub box."