This week, our staff was asked which player already in MLS they'd like to see the Rapids trade for or sign before next season.
Overall, 2013 was a successful season for the Colorado Rapids. The club returned to the playoffs, albeit a Western Conference Wild Card Play-In Game, but still the playoffs nonetheless. Rookie DeShorn Brown led the team in scoring with 10 goals and midfielder Dillon Powers has been a front runner for Rookie of the Year. However, teams can always strengthen by signing new players.
One could argue that the current crop of forwards (Deshorn Brown, Gabriel Torres, Vicente Sanchez) and midfielders (Nathan Sturgis, Hendry Thomas, Dillon Powers, Martin Rivero, Nick LaBrocca) are good enough in terms of looking forward to next year - assuming the majority of them stay with the club. With that being said, Martin Rivero could be on his way back to Argentina. However, I think the Rapids could strengthen the team by investing in more quality defenders. Let's all take a look at Jeb Brovsky.
Jeb Brovsky currently plays for the Montreal Impact. He is a right back and is versatile as he has played a midfield role as well during his professional career. He is a Colorado native and played collegiate soccer at Notre Dame (Yes, he played with Dillon Powers in South Bend, Indiana). Brovsky was a 2011 2nd Round draft pick by the Vancouver Whitecaps. However, the British Columbia club failed to protect him in the Expansion Draft, and le Impact de Montréal selected the defender for their debut season in Major League Soccer.
Given the fact that Brian Mullen is likely to retire, and the right back spot is considered by some to be a weakness in Colorado's back four, this could prove to be a good signing, should the Rapids look to strengthen the squad. Don't get me wrong, I like Marvell Wynne at right back, but depth is needed to cover for injury, suspension, and poor form. Wynne (along with Shane O'Neill at right back) had several poor defensive displays throughout the campaign. Regardless, Shane O'Neill is much better while selected in central defense.
It is unlikely the Impact would be willing to part with Jeb Brovsky, but another Colorado native who has had a pretty good career in Major League Soccer so far would provide a boost to Colorado's defense. Brovsky is only 24 years old, and has already played in three seasons in MLS. He has also tallied two league goals as a member of Montreal Impact.