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The Burgundy Wave Awards--Player of the Year

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We begin our look back at the 2015 season with the selection of Player of the Year--Clint Irwin

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It is no secret that the 2015 Colorado Rapids season was a massive letdown after the myriad of moves that were made after the 2014 season.  Expectations were high in Commerce City that the Rapids could return to the playoffs after a year off and although things did not quite go as expected, there were some bright spots.

And one of them certainly was third year Goalkeeper Clint Irwin.  Irwin was the rock that led the Rapids and held things together when the ship looked like it was going down.  His leadership, his terrific play, professionalism and humility mean that he is the perfect choice to be named Burgundy Wave Player of the Year.

First, the stats:

Games Played Games Started Minutes Shots Saves GAA W L D Clean Sheets
Clint Irwin 31 31 2790 125 88 1.23 8 13 10 8

Irwin is in his third year as the Rapids starter and this season he really shown his value to the club.  He started every match while the team was in playoff contention and made saves that were simply sensational.

Irwin picked up six Major League Soccer Save of the Week nominations in his 31 starts and finished with eight clean sheets.  I had written earlier in the year presenting my case for Irwin getting national team looks and his importance to the Rapids.   And make no mistake, without Irwin in goal the Rapids would have been far worse this year and I shudder to think what their record would have been.

So to Clint Irwin the staff of Burgundy Wave says a big thank you and congratulations for your great year.  Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to the Rapids and we appreciate that you truly Bleed Burgundy week in and week out and we can't wait to see what you accomplish in 2016.