US Soccer today announced the 2015 National Soccer Hall of Fame class and there were familiar names to make the cut, including a former Colorado Rapids head coach. The late Glenn "Mooch" Myernick, Sigi Schmid and Kasey Keller were all elected today and for Rapids fans it is a time to remember a great man who is no longer with us.
When the name Colorado Rapids is thrown around now people tend to remember the recent history from 2010 on when the club won the MLS Cup Championship. However, the most successful period in team history, arguably, was from 1997-2000 when the Rapids made it to their first MLS Cup Final and their only US Open Cup Final. The Rapids lost MLS Cup in 1997 to D.C. United 2-1 and dropped the 1999 US Open Cup Final to Rochester Rhinos, but it was a tremendous four year period in Denver for the Rapids. A four year period where the club made the playoffs all four years.
Say that again: the Rapids never missed the playoffs under Myernick's tenure. His overall record was 63-61-4.
It was a great time to be a Rapids fan and one that would not be duplicated until the magical run to the MLS Cup in 2010. But Myernick was much more than just the Rapids gaffer. He also served as a coach with the United States Men National Team for the U17, U20, and U23 squads and was also an assistant with the full senior team from 2002 until his death in 2006. Myernick was an ambassador for US soccer and showed Rapids fans what success could be.
I have to think that if coaches are ever inducted into the Gallery of Honor at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, his name will be the first one to be put up there next to fellow Rapids legends. Congratulation to the Myernick family on this tremendous and overdue honor.