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Burgundy Wave Player Grades: Defender Michael Harrington

Harrington was a sure fire starter. And then he wasn't.

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

We have begun our look back at individual player performances for the 2015 Colorado Rapids. Each day we will look at a different player and see what went right and what went wrong. Please feel free to leave your comments below and let us know your thoughts.

Burgundy Wave Player Grades

Player: Michael Harrington

Position: Defender

2015 Statistics

Games Played Games Started Minutes Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal GWG Games Per 90 Min
14 14 1260 0 1 2 1 0 0

Highlight of the Year: stability was the name of the game for Harrington this season and he provided a good, if not steady, presence along the back four for the Rapids.  He played both right and left back for the Rapids and while he may not have been spectacular, he provided the one thing the Rapids really needed in back: stability.

Lowlight of the Year: and then he disappeared.  Literally disappeared.  He was with his family for the berth of his child and then did not make another appearance for the club.  What made it worse was there was no word from the Rapids as to why or what happened.  Later it was revealed that he was out for the year with an injury, but that was months after he stopped playing.

2015 Grade (C): Harrington was a serviceable outside back for the Rapids and played pretty well overall.  He major downfall, and why his grade is not higher, was that he only got 14 games in this season, all of which were in the first half.

2016 Outlook: I can't see Harrington wanting to return to Colorado next season and I am not sure that he would be a starter if he does.  The Rapids are set along the left side of defense and unless he is willing to take a reserves role, I have to think he moves on.