This season we'll be taking a look at every player who has worn a Colorado Rapids jersey over the 18 years of the club's existence. Who was the best player to wear a particular jersey number? I'll list them, and you can vote and comment on the best players to don the burgundy...or black and blue...or green...
My apologies for the long break since #30. Today we're looking at every #29 who has appeared in at least one Major League Soccer or CONCACAF Champion's League match for the Rapids. Recent draftee Kory Kindle currently wears #29, but has yet to appear for the Rapids this season.
- Scott Palguta -- 2009 - 2012
Playing left back and center back, Palguta played 50 games (with 31 starts) for Colorado over four seasons, scoring two goals. He is a 2010 MLS Cup winner despite not playing in the Rapids' playoff run that year. Palguta is now an assistant coach for the men's team at Colorado College.
- Tony Sanneh -- 2007
Sanneh had a brief stint with the Rapids, playing in nine games (starting five), largely as a fill-in left back. While undoubtedly the best player overall to wear #29 for the Rapids, by the time he signed with Colorado he was well past his prime, and had very little impact for the boys in burgundy. Sanneh now coaches and runs a foundation in his native Minnesota.
- Scott Garlick -- 2002
Along with Sanneh (and Vaudreuil and Diaz Arce), Garlick was one of four future Rapids who started for D.C. United against the Rapids in the 1997 MLS Cup. Garlick played 2 1/2 seasons in Colorado under three different numbers. In 2002, he wore #29. In that season, his second with the Rapids after coming over in the Carlos Valderrama trade, he started 15 games with a 6-7-2 record, 1.57 goals-against average, and four shutouts. He broke his thumb in a July game against the Columbus Crew, and David Kramer played the rest of the season. Garlick's famous, spicy public spat with Joe Cannon came the following year, when Garlick grabbed the #1 jersey. After retiring in 2007, he now works in commercial real estate in Tampa.
So who's the best Rapids player to ever wear the number 29? Vote below!
My Pick: This is a tough one. Garlick was probably the best of the bunch over his career in Colorado, but he only played 15 games as a #29, and missed out the playoff run to the western conference finals. Sanneh played for Colorado too late in his career and for too few games. That leaves Palguta, who never thrilled the crowds, but did a workmanlike job for four years. He gets an unenthusiastic nod.