How did the 2017 season go?
Last season went better than expected, and this season went worse than expected. The Rapids won a single away game, but somehow managed to stay above the LA Galaxy for the bottom of the Western Conference.
What we learned:
We learned that the Rapids have a long way to go before we can contend in the play-offs for multiple years in a row. We also learned that the Front Office might (?) be committed to changing things around.
What went right:
I’m really struggling to think of something here. It was a tough year. But we have Kortne Ford, who is going to be a really great CB for us and we saw glimpses of what Stefan Aigner can do, which I think gives us some hope.
What went wrong:
Pretty much everything. The team was plagued by injuries all season and the line-up was constantly changing. They couldn’t get any consistency going all year and when they did click together, it usually only lasted for 45-60 minutes.
When the Front Office fired Pablo Mastroeni.
Unexpectedly awesome performance:
Kort Ford made some (big) mistakes, but overall, he was consistently one of the best players on the field. Dominique Badji stepped up his game from last year and became an important part of the offense. Mohammed Saied also made a huge difference in the midfield, especially with the absence of Sam Cronin.
Player who fell short of expectations:
Shkelzen Gashi. Unfortunately he came into the season out of shape and injured his Achilles in the pre-season. He never really recovered.
What needs to change for 2018:
We need attacking players and we need to keep the team healthy. Everyone needs to come into the season fit and ready to go.
Overall team grade: