This offseason, UZ will give a short review on the play of all Colorado Rapids players who received a decent amount of time on the pitch during the season along with a season grade. Starting with Goalkeepers and then moving up the field as necessary from defenders to forwards, today we'll go with Anthony Wallace.
Name: Anthony Wallace
Appearances: 7 (0)
Stats: 555 Minutes, 0 G, 1 A
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Anthony Wallace was acquired about halfway through the season for a future 4th round Superdraft pick with FC Dallas and the trade appears to have worked out about as well as anyone could have expected for the Colorado Rapids. The 21 year-old former first round draft pick was shaky in his first few appearances as a Rapid with Danny Earls and Scott Palguta both slumping during one of the lower points in the Rapids season, but played well enough to keep a starting spot and slowly got better as the year went along.
Defensively Wallace played great at times with questionable misses of coverage and other rookie-ish mistakes, sensible considering he is only 21 years old and played very limited minutes with Dallas. His coverage indecision on the goal allowed for Dallas in the final was one of his more glaring errors, although almost every defender screwed up on that play.
Offensively, Wallace was nothing special minus a very good assist late in the season but provided a fine counter-part to Kosuke Kimura on the outside of the defense coming up into midfield for service on the left side. The biggest hole in his game - as seen quite a bit in the final against Dallas - is his service and long balls are still very shaky and often miss their targets entirely. If he can fix that, he'll be a fantastic left back for Colorado's future.
PLAYER RATING: 6.5