As we do every year, through the month of December we'll be doing ratings and reviews of every player who played even a slightly significant amount of minutes for the Colorado Rapids in 2013. We'll start from the goalkeepers and move our way up to the forwards. Today, we'll cover Matt Pickens.
Name: Matt Pickens
Appearances: 2 (97 minutes)
Stats: Two saves
We've made jokes before about how Matt Pickens has different performances depending on the year. Even years were his good ones, odd years were not. In 2010, he was quietly one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the league and helped the Rapids to their first MLS Cup title. In 2011, his form dipped along with just about everyone else on the team. In 2012, he was the team's MVP and made super save after super save despite the rest of the team falling apart around him.
2013, by that logic, was set to be a down year. Oh boy, was it a down year. Pickens started the year on the injury list, waffling between starting and not starting against FC Dallas. He ended up on the bench in the end, and Steward Ceus did a thing that we won't discuss right now. After that, he had a mediocre performance against the Philadelphia Union on the postponed home opener. Against RSL the next game, his arm was snapped in two and Clint Irwin took over the starting job, perhaps for good.
Pickens is now probably going to spend the off-season as a prime bit of trade bait, perhaps for a team like the New England Revolution who are looking for a replacement for Matt Reis. If he doesn't come back, it was a quite glum way to end his otherwise sterling Rapids career.
PLAYER RATING: 3
.GIF TO SUM UP HIS SEASON: