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Burgundy Wave Player Grades: Midfielder Sam Cronin

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The midfielder spent the bulk of the season as the Captain for the Rapids. Did he deserve that honor?

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: Sam Cronin

Position: Midfielder

2015 Statistics

Games Played Games Started Minutes Goals Assists Shots Shots on Target GWG Goals Per 90 Min
26 24 2143 1 0 18 2 0 0.04

Highlight of the Year: Cronin only had one highlight this year--the goal against Portland Timbers--that ultimately meant nothing as the Rapids ended up losing that May match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.  It was a pretty incredible strike and it leveled the match at 1-1.

Lowlight of the Year: Cronin was a bit of a thug this year and for someone that had the armband, he needed to be more a leader.  He led the club in yellow cards and ejections this season, and neither of those should be something he is proud of.  Thug ball should have ended in 2011 with the departure of Gary Smith, but Cronin must think every match day is a throw back Thursday as he thugged it up all season.

2015 Grade (D+): For the Captain of this team, Cronin NEEDED to show leadership and a better example on the pitch.  The Rapids could not play from behind or when they had the lead and as the Captain of this club it was on his shoulders to have his team prepared.  He failed miserably in this.  Yes, the defense was improved this season, but the offense was utter crap and offense starts in the midfield where he was stationed.  Coincidence?  I think not.

2016 Outlook: Pablo Mastroeni likes his thug midfielder so I have to think that Cronin will be back next year.   I really hope this is not the case and if he is I hope he never wears the armband again as it is an embarrassment to have a Captain of this club act like such a thug.