Zapata won't be returning to the Rapids after a very up and down first season. Did the good outweigh the bad? Probably not.
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 Luis Zapata.
Name: Luis Zapata
Stats: 1 assist
Luis Zapata was a guy that I called, to the consternation of some people, a Kosuke Kimura clone. He was a great guy with high energy who knew how to put on a show offensively, but couldn't stop a fly on defense without some sort of cover from the midfield. So did the good outweigh the bad in his first and only season as a Rapids player? Probably not.
Like it or not, you need to get results on the stat sheet if you're going to come into a team and play as an attacking fullback. Zapata's service was great at times, and he even made quite a few decent runs at goal. Unfortunately, none of it ever seemed to culminate in points on the scoreboard -- even Kosuke had more points at the end of the season than Zapata, and Kosuke played far fewer appearances.
Do we need to get into Zapata's often embarrassingly bad defense? I think we all know how that went. If we're going to keep an attacking fullback on the roster, I'd much rather it be Hunter Freeman. Was fun for a season, Luis.
PLAYER RATING: 4
.GIF TO SUM UP HIS SEASON:
I just really like this .gif.