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 Marvell Wynne.
Name: Marvell Wynne
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When the Rapids acquired former Toronto FC right back Marvell Wynne immediately before the season started, Rapids fans didn't have all that much to be thrilled about when looking at Wynne's career path. The former first overall pick had looked to be a star in MLS with his incredible speed and growing defensive abilities but had mainly fizzled out into a moderately talented but not overly special RB with Toronto FC. So his coming to Colorado to play center back of all things was a bit of a surprise to Rapids fans, catching many of us off guard as he started the first game of the season incredibly soon after showing up on the teams roster.
With the coaching provided by Colorado he quickly started to show up on fans radars as one of the most high quality CB's that Colorado had seen in a long time. His fantastic speed did not leave him when transitioning to CB from RB and his defensive chops had gained just enough that he was able to be a stalwart cog in the defense. His mistakes were occasional as most have come to expect from Marvell but Drew Moor's ability to bail his few mistakes out allowed him to be the speed to Moor's brawn.
Wynne's ability to start at right back during some of the tougher times of injury and bad play from the other defenders was fantastic in keeping the team in a lot of the games that they drew or won before the Macoumba Kandji and Brian Mullan trades. Had it not been for a leg injury that knocked him out of three games, he probably would have come close to matching Drew Moor's iron man status of starting every minute of every game in the season, getting all the starts in the playoffs as well. Indeed, the most important play he has ever made came in the second leg against Columbus as he cleared a sure goal off the line using a burst of speed and some fantastic accuracy with his sliding foot.
Wynne may never be a national team stalwart - his skills are more suited to a right back in the national setting as I've said before - but he showed this year that against MLS competition he may well be an all star CB in his MLS future.
PLAYER RATING: 8