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Burgundy Wave Player Grades: Defender/Midfielder Marlon Hairston

The second year player for the Rapids had an up and down year while splitting time in Commerce City and in Charlotte.

Denny Medley-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: Marlon Hairston

Position: Midfielder/Defender

2015 Statistics (with Colorado)

Games Played Games Started Minutes Goals Assists Shots Shots on Target GWG Goals Per 90 Min
3 3 270 0 0 0 0 0 0

2015 Statistics (with Charlotte)

Games Played Games Started Minutes Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal GWG
8 6 604 1 1 6 4 0

Highlight of the Year: Hairston was named to the USL player of the week in May when he picked up a goal and assist against Richmond Kickers.

Lowlight of the Year: Honestly, a complete lack of playing time for Hairston really hampered his year.  In 2014, Hairston made 22 appearances, but this year that was cut in half (including time in Charlotte).  The veteran leanings of the Rapids coaching staff meant playing time for a player like Hairston was much less this season.

2015 Grade (C+): I really think that Hairston is one of the cornerstones of this team, but several questions remain:  what is his position--defender or midfielder and does he have a future with this club.  A player like Hairston is someone that should be counted on going forward, but again, the Rapids do not fancy young players.

2016 Outlook: Hairston has to be looked at as someone who should get a shot at a starting position.  He just has to.  But the question will be, going into 2016, what is that position?