This offseason, UZ and Ben will give short reviews on the play of all Colorado Rapids players who received a decentamount 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 Macoumba "Mac" Kandji.
Name: Mac Kandji
Appearances: 4 (3)
Stats: 3 Assists
We want Kandji! We want Kandji!
Macoumba Kandji was only a Colorado Rapid for a short time, coming onto the squad very late into the season in a trade with the New York Red Bulls - they got everyone's favorite whipping boy Mehdi Ballouchy in return - but his time with the Rapids was fruitful and despite a severe injury in the final game of the season the future looks fairly bright for Mac.
As soon as Kandji came to Colorado we figured out what he was good at quickly. His passing was great - a signature of a great player for this pass-centric squad - and got three assists in his short time here. He rarely got a sniff at goal with only five shots to his name but the ones he did get off were at the very least better looking than the majority of Ballouchy's old shots. His defending and marking is still his biggest weak point and he almost ruined the Rapids playoff chances with bad defense in their first game against Columbus as an example of that. Obviously, what people will remember most about Kandji is his fantastic move to get around Jair Benitez in the box during extra time in the final, booting the ball off George John into the Dallas net. He needs to work on his goalscoring ability other than that though, he certainly isn't perfect around the net.
He may never be the flashy scorer that Omar Cummings is, but Mac Kandji certainly has a future on the Rapids strikeforce. Look for him to be a starter next year in the inevitable event that either Cummings or Conor Casey leaves for greener pastures or higher paychecks.
PLAYER RATING: 6.5