5 Bold Predictions for the Colorado Rapids’ 2014 MLS Season
5 Bold Predictions for the Rapids in 2014
After an early exit in the 2013 MLS playoffs, the Colorado Rapids are primed and ready to roll in 2014. The team has made significant leaps and bounds since their 2-0 knockout round loss to the Seattle Sounders.
With all of that in past, interim coach Pablo Mastroeni has done a terrific job of getting the team on the right track for a deep playoff run this season. After a recent preseason victory of Real Salt Lake, the Rapids have started to build up steam. Opening day will be one firecracker of a game.
The Rapids will travel to New York to face Thierry Henry and the red-hot New York Red Bulls. Once that game is in the books, the team will return home to face the Portland Timbers and MLS Cup champions Sporting Kansas City. With the amount of offensive weapons on the team, these games will be ones you will not want to miss.
The list of teams that will be looking to make sure the Rapids do not qualify for the 2014 playoffs is a mile long. The San Jose Earthquakes and FC Dallas will be the two main teams looking to steal the fifth playoff spot from the Rapids. Thankfully for Colorado, experience will play a part in the team’s success as the season wears on. Colorado is favored to make a push for one of the top four playoff spots in the Western Conference, especially with Real Salt Lake potentially falling out of playoff contention in 2014.
Overall, the Rapids are a team that will turn numerous heads as the season progresses. Have a look at my five bold predictions for the Rapids.
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5. Clint Irwin Will Be A Top Goalie In MLS Fantasy
The 2013 season was a true coming-out party for the Rapids goalie, who registered 10 shutouts and 91 saves in his year in MLS. Colorado is one of the teams to watch as the season continues to approach. Irwin finished eighth in points scored for all fantasy goalies last season with 151 total points. He will be the solid anchor that will help bring the team back to the playoffs.
4. The Rapids' Midfield Will Run Through Marvin Chavez
The recently-acquired speedy midfielder from Honduras will be looking to make an immediate impact for his new club. After spending 2009-2011 with FC Dallas and 2012-2013 with the San Jose Earthquakes, Chavez has finally landed on a team where he can be regular part of the offense. Being able to pair with Dillon Powers will help make the team even more successful than it was last season. His value to the Rapids is incredibly important and you can expect that a major part of the offensive attack will funnel through him.
3. Drew Moor Will Anchor Rapids' Defense
Although Clint Irwin is an important part of the Rapids' defense, Drew Moor will be an even more crucial element for the team’s success. Moor has seen his fair share of time on the Colorado back-line since joining the club back in 2009 from FC Dallas. Even as a defender. Moor has been able to consistently find the back of the net 10 times over the past three seasons. For someone who plays defense, that is rather impressive, considering how often defenders score in today’s league. Moor is the true catalyst for the Rapids' defense in 2014 and will be their key to defensive success as the team makes a push for the playoffs.
2. Colorado Will Make It To The Western Conference Semifinals
Times are certainly changing in the mile-high city. The Rapids are starting to make waves as potential Western Conference champions. Obviously the road ahead of them would involve going through teams like the Seattle Sounders, Los Angeles Galaxy and the Portland Timbers, but Colorado is young and dangerous and resembles the New England Revolution in terms of young offensive talent. Overall, the Rapids are poised to turn a lot of heads in the 2014 season.
1. DeShorn Brown Will Win The Golden Boot
If there is one young and dangerous forward to watch in 2014, it is DeShorn Brown. Last season, Brown made numerous headlines on his way to scoring 10 goals to lead the Rapids in scoring while only being in his rookie season. With his already successful first season in MLS continuing in preseason play, Brown is showing why he is one of the very best in the league at scoring goals.