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Ten Keys To 2013 Review - No. 4: Martin Rivero

Well, he MAY have been talismanic in 2013, but there was that little injury problem...

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This week, we're going to be taking a look back at the Ten Keys to 2013 series I put out prior to the season. Number 4 on the list was Martin Rivero.

All right, I'm not calling this one a whiff because I really do think that Martin Rivero would have done a lot more with himself and been a key to the Rapids offense had he been healthy for most of the season. Unfortunately, he was dealt a terrible hand when he suffered a foot injury in preseason and, even after he returned to the field, little knocks kept him from looking like he had at his best in 2012.

It's a shame too, because the growth that we wanted to see did show up in flashes. He was no longer taking shots on sight. His passing and decisions were normally top notch, and the few set pieces he did take had the quality that we were hoping to see from them. (The fact that he didn't score against Seattle is still a horrible injustice, as that was possibly the most beautiful set-piece shot taken by any Rapid this season.)

If the Rapids sign him to a full deal, and I do think they will if it's at all possible, he'll likely have a much larger part to play in this team in 2014.