If there was an Achilles heel for the Colorado Rapids, it was the attack. They had trouble scoring when they needed to. Forwards only had 24 goals, though I think at least 12 of those came when the player was playing a midfield role.
Shkelzen Gashi led the Rapids in scoring with nine goals followed by Kevin Doyle and Dominique Badji who each scored six. Luis Solignac scored three goals before being traded to the Chicago Fire.
Of the players listed as a forward, Kevin Doyle played most of the time as a striker, while the others spent most of their season as a midfielder. Only late in the season did Pablo experiment with having Badji up to and Kevin Doyle playing in the central attacking midfielder role, and there was some success with this plan.
The bottom line, getting only six goals from your primary striker is not good.
Here are my opinions on how they played this season, along with your community ratings.
Dominique Badji - 7 (5.94): Badji really grew as a player this season and it started to show later in the year. His biggest games were later, like when he scored the game winner in Dallas to end the home teams unbeaten run and then got a brace against Houston on Oct. 8. He scored the game winner in SnowClasico 2 early in the season.
Caleb Calvert - 5 (5.53): Calvert did not really feature until later in the season, getting one start. He did have a good year on loan to the Charlotte Independence. Though he did not score, he had a couple opportunities and improved with the first team. I look forward to seeing him next year on the pitch for the Rapids.
Kevin Doyle - 5 (6.51): Only six goals for your primary striker is not good. He missed some time with an injury early on from international duty with Ireland. But a primary striker for your team should be scoring more goals than Doyle did.
Conor Doyle - 5 (6.33): The other Doyle did not see the pitch that much this season. He only came off the bench three times for a total of 23 minutes, and somehow managed to get two yellows in that time. He also spent some time on loan to the Colorado Switchbacks, scoring once for them.
Shkelzen Gashi - 8 (6.79): Gashi had a really good year. He played all three positions in the attacking midfield and a little time as a striker. He finished the year with nine goals, including a spectacular one in the first round of the playoffs. Most of his goals came away from Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, scoring in the last home game of the regular season and the home leg of the first round of the playoffs. The one negative is that he would turn off on defense at times.
Luis Solignac - 5 (6.11): Solignac finally scored with the Rapids, getting three goals before being traded to Chicago. My memories of Solignac for the Rapids is that he worked hard, but just could not finish in the final third.
Do you agree? Disagree? How do you think the offense performed this season?