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 Drew Moor.
Name: Drew Moor
Stats: 1 G, 2,700 minutes played
With a Rapid yell, we want Moor, Moor Moor...
In what was no doubt the best defense in the history of the club, to win Defender of the year is no small task. Even though debate is possible, I think we'd all agree that Drew Moor is a fine choice for the award. Starting every single minute of every single game in the season including all of the long playoff matches, getting the coveted Iron Man status in team lore.
Moor's offensive numbers weren't incredibly impressive, but his contributions were still useful to the offense. Not being a wing back, he obviously didn't run forward in attack very often, but he was still one of the better men in the box when it was time for free kicks and corner kicks. His size wasn't impressive but his ability to leap high and get his head on some hard to find balls didn't just help in his own box, but sent some very dangerous balls toward the goal. His very late goal at home against the Columbus Crew on a free kick header - and his hilarious after-goal celebration where he almost killed himself diving to the ground - still shines as one of the best goals of the 2010 campaign.
Moor's stoutness in the back four proved to be a perfect counterpart to Marvell Wynne's fantastic speed, providing the best tackling on the team and some great headers defensively out of the Rapids box. Wynne and Matt Pickens should probably buy Moor a nice steak dinner a piece because of some of the fantastic game saving plays he made. The season led up to a final stab in the back of the team who traded him to Colorado - FC Dallas - as the final play of the 2010 MLS Season was Moor clearing a Jeff Cunningham shot off of the line in the dying seconds of extra time during the MLS Cup final.
Moor is certainly the captain and best player on the very underrated Rapids defense and we look forward to seeing him continue his rein of terror on MLS strikers in the future.
PLAYER RATING: 9.0