Bert Young/Colorado Rapids
Shane O'Neill wasn't bad when we saw him, but we need more time to evaluate.
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 Shane O'Neill.
Name: Shane O'Neill
Shane O'Neill only ended up getting one appearance on the field thanks to some nagging injuries at the end of the season, but the few appearances we saw of him -- counting the Swansea friendly in this, of course -- he looked pretty darn good for a kid.
He is strong, knows how to pass, knows how to shoot and can hold the ball as well as anyone else his age I've seen in MLS. There's plenty of potential in O'Neill for the future, and he may already be one of the best homegrown players in MLS assuming he can keep up the short performances we saw against Swansea and Portland.
Shane also has the wonderful distinction of being the only Rapids player to make every single pass he attempted all season! (He attempted three)
PLAYER RATING: N/A
.GIF TO SUM UP HIS SEASON:
I'd classify the fact that the Rapids found a homegrown player with actual skills as a miracle, wouldn't you?