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Burgundy Wave Player Grades: Goalkeeper Clint Irwin

The Burgundy Wave Player of the Year Clint Irwin had a very good year for the Rapids. It was needed.

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We continue our look back at the 2015 season of the Colorado Rapids by taking a look at each individual player that took the pitch for the Rapids this year.  Each day we will take a look at what went right and what went wrong.  Please feel free to leave your comments below.

Burgundy Wave Player Grades

Player: Clint Irwin

Position: Goalkeeper

2015 Statistics

Games Played Games Started Minutes Shots Saves Goals Against GAA Save Percentage Clean Sheets
31 31 2790 125 88 38 1.23 70.4% 8

Highlight of the Year: Where would the Rapids have been without Irwin this season?  How many times did he save their proverbial bacon?  How many times was he the best player on the pitch in a season that was an unmitigated disaster?  Irwin was named Fan Favorite by Rapids supporters and was named Burgundy Wave Player of the Year and simply put: Irwin is the best that the Rapids have to offer.  Picking a single highlight would be difficult, but I will offer this one from the Sporting Kansas City match in late August.

Lowlight of the Year: Irwin was pretty spectacular all season but the September match at BMO Field against Toronto FC was one that he would like back.  He was at fault for two of the goals that TFC scored (although his defense was pretty poor as well).  For as many times as Irwin bailed out his defense, this time they did him no favors, but he could have and should have done better.

2015 Grade (A): Irwin was the Rapids best player and a cornerstone of this franchise.  As it has been said (by me and many others) the Rapids would have been nothing without him this season.  Even though he only won 8 games, he still made this team a better and competitive squad.

2016 Outlook: Irwin goes into the 2016 season as the starter in goal for the Rapids and assuming that Drew Moor is still stripped of the armband, Irwin should be in contention to be the Rapids Captain.