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Season Player Ratings: Goalkeepers

The goalkeepers were possibly the best position for the Colorado Rapids this year, and they were perhaps the two best keepers in MLS.

MLS: Portland Timbers at Colorado Rapids
Zac MacMath and Tim Howard warming up before Howard’s first match on July 4, 2016.
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This season saw some major changes in goalkeeper for the Colorado Rapids. Despite these changes, I think goalkeeper was the best position for the Rapids this season.

Prior to the start of the season we saw the departure of long-time keeper Clint Irwin to Toronto and Zac MacMath’s loan converted over to a trade. There was a lot of disgruntled fans, but in the end I think it worked out for both players and teams. It was probably the best move the Rapids could have made.

The big news came later in March when the Rapids announced that they have signed Tim Howard to a contract. He was to begin playing for the team when the international transfer window opened on July 4th. This was perfect because this game is always a big game for the Rapids.

In addition to Howard and MacMath, the Rapids had John Berner and draft pick Chris Froschauer. Berner spent most of his time at the Charlotte Independence and after backing up MacMath on the bench, Froschauer was waived at the end of June when Howard joined the club. Froschauer saw no game time for the Rapids but was on the bench.

Here is how they did.

Zac MacMath - MacMath settled in as the number one keeper and was doing well. Then the bombshell hit the Rapids and Major League Soccer. The Rapids acquired long-time Everton and US Men’s National team keeper Tim Howard. MacMath’s loan poor game was just after finding out Howard would be joining the squad in Washington, D.C. He handled the transition with Howard with professionalism and class. At the end of the season, his stats were a little better than Howard’s. In 17 matches he had six shutouts and allowed 13 goals.

My Season Rating: 8
Community Rating: 6.36


Tim Howard - Howard joined the squad for the big Fourth of July match against the Timbers and earned the Rapids a tie. His saves in that match kept the Rapids perfect home record in tact. Throughout the rest of the season, he kept making the big saves including a big penalty kick save in Salt Lake City.

But nothing was bigger than leg 2 of the Western Conference Semi Finals when Howard saved two penalties during penalty kicks and probably influenced Giovani dos Santos’ missed. In 17 matches he had seven shutouts and allowed 19 goals.

My Season Rating: 8
Community Rating: 7.54


John Berner - Berner spent most of his entire season playing for the Charlotte Independence. In 20 appearances for the Independence he had a .96 goals against average. He was on the bench for one regular season match and the two-leg playoff with Seattle. If MacMath were to leave this offseason, Berner will be a good player on the bench for the Rapids.

My Season Rating: N/A
Community Rating: N/A


Chris Froschauer - As mentioned earlier, Froschauer did not see any field time and was released.

My Season Rating: N/A
Community Rating: N/A


That is how I saw the goalkeepers. What are your thoughts?

Look for the rest of the positions coming in the next couple of weeks as we wrap up the season.