The wild-card in the midfield for the Rapids this year was Nathan Sturgis. He was a piece acquired in a trade for Omar Cummings during the last off-season, and was regarded by most as a journeyman that had once seen plenty of potential, but who was simply going where the wind blew him at the time.
Fortunately, he was able to take that potential that everyone knew he had always contained and turn it into results in 2013. Starting alongside Hendry Thomas, he was one of the lynchpins that got Oscar Pareja to mold the effective tactical set-up that we saw for most of the season. (That being the 4-2-3-1 which features possession and pressure in front of the back four and the speedy jaunts up the wings on the attack.)
There was a minor question this off-season of whether or not Oscar Pareja and the gang were completely convinced by his performances, especially since they suffered a bit of staleness as the season began to close. Apparently the answer is yes, because the Rapids announced his re-signing on Wednesday.
With that bit of news out of the way, we can be essentially assured that the starting XI for the opening game next year will likely feature the same midfield trio that we grew accustomed to seeing this year -- that being Dillon Powers, Sturgis, and Hendry Thomas.