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 Colin Clark.
Name: Colin Clark
Appearances: 9 (7)
I'm sure by now that every Rapids fan is aware of the sad tale of Colin Clark and his glass ACLs. Colin was supposed to be the future of the Rapids on the wing, showing a lot of skill in his early days of the club before a torn ACL in the 2009 season destroyed his leg and kept the talented winger away from the pitch for several months. As the 2010 season began, expectations were high for Clark in his return to the Rapids. It didn't quite work out like that.
Colin never seemed to recover from that injury, not tallying a single goal or assist in the 16 games he appeared in. He looked slow on the pitch at times and not instinctive at others, playing like a souped down - that's the opposite of souped up, obviously - Mehdi Ballouchy even at his best. Eventually in a game against the San Jose Earthquakes the winger tore the same ACL, ending his season and his career with the Rapids along with it.
As Colin tries to revive a once promising career in Houston while the Rapids enjoy the fruits of Brian Mullan, we wish him the best of luck. Colin was a fantastic guy to watch in the few healthy moments he had in Colorado, and Houston might just have a spitfire on their hands if he recovers. Unfortunately, this is a review of THIS year, not his Colorado career as a whole.
PLAYER RATING: 4.5