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Colorado Rapids Transfer Window Wish List

COMMERCE CITY, CO - APRIL 03: Head coach Gary Smith of the Colorado Rapids looks on during the first half of the MLS soccer match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on April 3, 2010 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
COMMERCE CITY, CO - APRIL 03: Head coach Gary Smith of the Colorado Rapids looks on during the first half of the MLS soccer match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on April 3, 2010 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
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Colorado ended last season as MLS Champions thanks largely to the fact that they were very healthy the entire season which disguised their lack of depth players a bit. Coming into this season their depth chart looks largely the same, except with the additions of Sanna Nyassi, Caleb Folan and Joseph Nane - all three of whom have played below average this season - as well as the replacement of Julien Baudet with the much better (!) Tyrone Marshall.

Colorado needs more quality on their depth chart, while their first choice starting XI is still one of the best in MLS. Here's a wish-list of things that coach Gary Smith could consider during the upcoming transfer window.

Veteran Left Back - Note the very important qualifying word here of 'Veteran'. The Rapids still have a very promising player with the 22 year old international prospect Anthony Wallace that plays on the left, but Gary Smith has obviously lost faith in the young man as the season has gone along for whatever reason. Meanwhile, Scott Palguta and Danny Earls have played some of the worst football that we've seen out of a Rapids player since 2009. The Rapids need a player to stabilize the position - and hopefully make the team release Danny Earls if we're being hopeful - and they need him now. The guy doesn't have to be a great player technically, but he does need to be better than Palguta and/or Earls and ideally a great communicator on the field, something the two of them are most certainly not.

Left Winger - Colorado has always suffered from a lack of offensive ability in their midfield other than Jamie Smith simply because of the style that they run featuring two holding midfielders manning the center. However, Brian Mullan hasn't exactly impressed anyone this season - least of all in that last game against Columbus - and Wells Thompson is more suited to a substitute role to bring in energy and defensive skill on his wing. The Rapids need more offensive potency on the opposite side of Jamie Smith, especially if they're keeping the current terrible left back tandem in place.

That's actually it, two players and no more. Colorado's depth situation is good enough in other areas - minus perhaps defensive midfield where only Ross LaBeaux and Nane are there to provide substitutions - except for that infamously terrible left side. If Anthony Wallace and Brian Mullan are playing it should be a lot easier to handle, but in case anything happens, having two new guys to replace them will be very important.