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, we'll start with Matt Pickens.
Name: Matt Pickens
Appearances: 29 (0)
Stats: 7 SO, 32 Goals Allowed, 1.1 Goals Allowed Avg., .733 Save %
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Matt Pickens was quietly one of the most consistent goalkeepers of the MLS Season, a fact which will most likely be lost in time in a season where names like Nick Rimando, Kevin Hartman and Donovan Ricketts were grabbing headlines and winning awards and accolades but still placing him as an important cornerstone of the Rapids first championship-caliber squad.
Pickens was a great help to the best defense in Rapids history with relatively mistake free games throughout the season - his allowed stoppage time goal against Real Salt Lake being so shocking only because it was so uncharacteristic of his solid play this year - and several clutch saves leading up to his final save on George John in the MLS Cup final's dying seconds were of great help to the Rapids all season long especially since the offense was so anemic through the middle of the season.
He had his share of screw-ups and his style of punching rather than catching led to several frightening moments but in an otherwise solid season keeps his score up.
PLAYER RATING: 7.5