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 Wells Thompson.
Name: Wells Thompson
Stats: 2 G, 5 Yellow Cards
Our Wells is an awesome Wells, he reigns from right midfield...
The quintessential depth midfielder, Wells Thompson was the first man off the bench when the midfield needed a boost last season and he did what he needed to do with good results. 27 total appearances including 13 starts in only a 30 game season doesn't happen accidentally!
Playing a game perfectly suited to the Rapids style, Wells played great offensive and defensive midfield on the right or left side of the pitch. His versatility showed when late in the season he successfully pulled off a game at Left Back against the powerful Los Angeles Galaxy offense that the Rapids wound up winning 3-1. Brek Shea, eat your heart out! Wells contributed two goals to the cause - both in games that were already blowouts but still fine goals - against his former team the New England Revolution and the Philadelphia Union late in the season. His defensive style led to a lot of yellow cards - although one of those cards came from the John 3:16 incident after his first goal of the season - but it also kept a lot of other midfielders honest. The Rapids could have used more offense out of him as he didn't register a single assist on the season but he certainly came close.
Wells played quite a bit in the playoffs, being one of the many factors keeping Chris Wondolowski and Bobby Convey off the board during the San Jose Earthquakes game. He was also on the pitch playing keep away and fine defense during the dying minutes of extra time in the MLS Cup when the Rapids were only down to 10 men. He even came close to getting a chance on goal during those moments. Wells may not be a starter in the future of the Colorado Rapids but you'll have to look damn hard to find a better guy to come off the bench in the Rapids system of play. We salute you, Wells!
PLAYER RATING: 7