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Burgundy Wave Player Grades: Midfielder Dillon Powers

Powers had an up and down year for the Rapids, but how much of it was his fault?

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Today begins 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: Dillon Powers

Position: Midfielder

2015 Statistics:

Games Played Games Started Minutes Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal GWG Goals Per 90 Min
32 25 2235 3 6 43 16 1 0.12

Highlight of the Year: The improbable goal against Sporting Kansas City in the penultimate game of the year.  The Rapids were sitting back and soaking up a significant amount of pressure and it seem destined to go against the Burgundy Boys in this one but Dillon Powers broke through with a beautiful chip to make it 1-0 to the Rapids.  The Rapids would eventually go on to win that one and delay the playoff aspirations for SKC and claim their first road win in KC since 2002.

Lowlight of the Year: I hate to pick on Powers for this, but that PK miss against Real Salt Lake in June was just a disaster.  It's not that he missed it--players do miss PK's during the course of the season--it was that he missed it so far wide right.  He did not even make Nick Rimando work.  It was an embarrassment for the Rapids and Powers and emblematic of a lost season.

2015 Grade (B-): Powers did have an up and down season but he did lead the Rapids in minutes played and provided three goals and six assists for his trouble.  He was a creative spark and the Rapids were a better team when he was on the pitch.  BUT, there were times when he seemed to disappear and if he was not positioned in the middle of the pitch he was a lesser player and a liability.  Powers suffered from #pablotactics at times as Rapids Gaffer Pablo Mastroeni continued to play out of position and punished Powers for any mistake he made.  (Powers WAS punished for the PK miss).

2016 Outlook: I would love to see Powers back as he is the cornerstone of the franchise but with a European Passport and playing for a terrible team in the Rapids, I could see him wanting a change.  Powers is someone that the Rapids can build a team around, but he needs to be placed in the right position and have a coach who understands offensive tactics.