2016 Colorado Rapids season

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Colorado Rapids
2016 season
ChairmanStan Kroenke
Head CoachPablo Mastroeni
Major League SoccerConference: 2nd
Overall: 2nd
MLS Cup PlayoffsConference Finals
U.S. Open CupFifth round
Rocky Mountain CupRunners-up
Top goalscorerLeague: Shkëlzen Gashi (9)
All: Shkëlzen Gashi (9)
Highest home attendance18,759
(Jul. 4 vs. POR)
Lowest home attendance10,670
(Apr. 16 vs. RBNY)
Average home league attendance16,278
← 2015
2017 →

The 2016 Colorado Rapids season is the club's 21st season of existence, and their 21st season in Major League Soccer, the top tier of the American and Canadian soccer pyramids.

The 2016 season was the Rapids' most successful regular season in franchise history. During the season, the Rapids finished 2nd in the Western Conference and 2nd overall in the regular season, besting their previous best regular season finish of 3rd in the Western Conference and 4th overall in 2002. The Rapids finished undefeated at home with a record of 11-0-6. At home, they conceded only 7 goals, setting a new MLS record with a 0.41 goals-against average. The season also featured a franchise-record 15 match unbeaten streak. After finishing at the bottom of the table for the 2015, the season was hallmarked as a surprising turnaround. The team was bolstered by incoming transfer targets Tim Howard, Shkëlzen Gashi, Marco Pappa and Jermaine Jones. Outside of the regular season, the Rapids reached the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup before falling to eventual champions, FC Dallas.

Background[edit]

Club[edit]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of May 13, 2016.[1]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Tim Howard (DP)  United States
3 Defender Eric Miller  United States
4 Defender Marc Burch  United States
5 Defender Mekeil Williams  Trinidad and Tobago
6 Midfielder Sam Cronin  United States
7 Midfielder Sébastien Le Toux  France
8 Midfielder Dillon Powers  United States
9 Forward Kevin Doyle (DP)  Ireland
10 Midfielder Marco Pappa  Guatemala
11 Forward Shkëlzen Gashi (DP)  Albania
13 Forward Jermaine Jones  United States
14 Forward Dominique Badji  Senegal
17 Midfielder Dillon Serna (HGP)  United States
18 Goalkeeper Zac MacMath  United States
19 Forward Conor Doyle  United States
20 Defender Joseph Greenspan  United States
22 Midfielder Micheal Azira  Uganda
23 Defender Bobby Burling  United States
24 Defender Sean St Ledger  Ireland
33 Midfielder Jared Watts  United States
44 Defender Axel Sjöberg  Sweden
94 Defender Marlon Hairston (GA)  United States

Transfers[edit]

For transfers in, dates listed are when Colorado officially signed the players to the roster. Transactions where only the rights to the players are acquired are not listed. For transfers out, dates listed are when Colorado officially removed the players from its roster, not when they signed with another club. If a player later signed with another club, his new club will be noted, but the date listed here remains the one when he was officially removed from the Rapids roster.

In[edit]

No. Pos. Player Transferred From Fee/Notes Date Source
22 MF Uganda Michael Azira United States Seattle Sounders FC Waiver Draft December 9, 2015
18 GK United States Zac MacMath United States Philadelphia Union Trade December 11, 2015
10 MF Guatemala Marco Pappa United States Seattle Sounders FC Trade December 15, 2015
16 MF United States Zach Pfeffer United States Philadelphia Union Trade January 15, 2016
11 FW Albania Shkëlzen Gashi Switzerland FC Basel Transfer, undisclosed February 1, 2016
5 DF Trinidad and Tobago Mekeil Williams Guatemala Antigua GFC Transfer, Discovery Signing February 4, 2016
19 FW United States Conor Doyle United States D.C. United Traded for a 3rd Round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft February 9, 2016
13 FW United States Jermaine Jones United States New England Revolution Trade March 4, 2016
1 GK United States Tim Howard England Everton Free June 28, 2016
7 MF France Sébastien Le Toux United States Philadelphia Union Trade August 3, 2016

Draft Picks[edit]

Draft picks are not automatically signed to the team roster. Only those who are signed to a contract will be listed as transfers in. Only trades involving draft picks and executed after the start of 2015 MLS SuperDraft will be listed in the notes.

Date Player Number Position Previous club Notes Ref
January 14, 2016 Ghana Emmanuel Appiah MF United States Cincinnati Bearcats MLS SuperDraft 1st Round Pick (#15); Pick acquired from Chicago Fire through Seattle Sounders FC.
January 14, 2016 Costa Rica Dennis Castillo DF United States VCU Rams MLS SuperDraft 2nd Round Pick (#37); Pick acquired from Dallas FC.
January 19, 2016 United States Chris Frouchauer GK United States Ohio State Buckeyes MLS SuperDraft 3rd Round Pick (#43).
January 19, 2016 United States Javan Torre FW United States UCLA Bruins MLS SuperDraft 3rd Round Pick (#56)
January 19, 2016 France Bradley Kamdem DF United States UNLV Rebels MLS SuperDraft 3rd Round Pick (#58)
January 19, 2016 Democratic Republic of the Congo John Manga FW United States Cincinnati Bearcats MLS SuperDraft 4th Round Pick (#63)

Out[edit]

No. Pos. Player Transferred To Fee/Notes Date Source
16 DF United States James Riley Waived December 3, 2015
3 DF United States Drew Moor Canada Toronto FC Waived December 3, 2015
2 MF United States Nick LaBrocca United States Chicago Fire Waived December 3, 2015
22 MF Argentina Lucas Pittinari Argentina Belgrano Loan ended, option declined December 3, 2015
7 FW Uruguay Vicente Sánchez Uruguay Defensor Sporting Waived December 3, 2015
57 MF United States Carlos Alvarez United States San Antonio FC Waived December 3, 2015
19 FW Cameroon Charles Eloundou United States Jacksonville Armada Waived December 3, 2015
10 FW Panama Gabriel Torres Venezuela Zamora Free Transfer December 3, 2015
5 DF United States Michael Harrington United States Chicago Fire Waived December 3, 2015
1 GK United States Clint Irwin Canada Toronto FC Received allocation money, #56 in 2016 MLS SuperDraft, conditional pick in 2017 MLS SuperDraft January 18, 2016
31 DF Honduras Maynor Figueroa United States FC Dallas Traded for allocation money January 26, 2016
5 MF Brazil Marcelo Sarvas United States D.C. United Traded for allocation money February 1, 2016
30 GK United States Chris Froschauer Waived June 30, 2016
MF Ghana Emmanuel Appiah United States Sporting Kansas City Waived June 30, 2016
21 FW Argentina Luis Solignac United States Chicago Fire Traded August 3, 2016

Loaned Out[edit]

No. Pos. Player Loaned To Date Source
15 MF Argentina Juan Ramirez Argentina Talleres August 8, 2016
29 FW United States Caleb Calvert United States Charlotte Independence March 15, 2016
MF Ghana Emmanuel Appiah United States Charlotte Independence March 15, 2016
12 GK United States John Berner United States Charlotte Independence April 11, 2016
16 MF United States Zach Pfeffer United States Charlotte Independence April 28, 2016
26 DF Costa Rica Dennis Castillo United States Charlotte Independence April 28, 2016

Competitions[edit]

Preseason[edit]

MLS[edit]

MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

Conference semifinals[edit]

Conference finals[edit]

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Standings[edit]

Western Conference standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 FC Dallas 34 17 8 9 50 40 +10 60 Conference Semi-finals & 2018 CONCACAF Champions League
2 Colorado Rapids 34 15 6 13 39 32 +7 58 Conference Semi-finals
3 LA Galaxy 34 12 6 16 54 39 +15 52 Knockout round
4 Seattle Sounders FC 34 14 14 6 44 43 +1 48
5 Sporting Kansas City 34 13 13 8 42 41 +1 47
Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goals scored; 7) away goal differential; 8) home goals scored; 9) home goal differential; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots.

Overall table[edit]

Note: the table below has no impact on playoff qualification and is used solely for determining host of the MLS Cup, certain CCL spots, and 2016 MLS draft. The conference tables are the sole determinant for teams qualifying to the playoffs


Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification[a]
1 FC Dallas (X) 34 17 8 9 50 40 +10 60 2018 CONCACAF Champions League
2 Colorado Rapids 34 15 6 13 39 32 +7 58
3 New York Red Bulls 34 16 9 9 61 44 +17 57
4 New York City FC 34 15 10 9 62 57 +5 54
5 Toronto FC 34 14 9 11 51 39 +12 53 2018 CONCACAF Champions League
Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goals scored; 7) away goal differential; 8) home goals scored; 9) home goal differential; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots
(X) Supporters' Shield winner.
Notes:
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Statistics[edit]

Goals and assists[edit]

No. Pos. Name MLS MLS Cup U.S. Open Cup Total
Goals Assists Goals Assists Goals Assists Goals Assists
11 FW Shkëlzen Gashi 9 4 1 0 0 0 10 4
14 FW Dominique Badji 6 4 0 0 1 0 7 4
9 FW Kevin Doyle 6 2 0 0 0 0 6 2
94 MF Marlon Hairston 3 6 0 0 0 1 3 7
13 MF Jermaine Jones 3 2 0 0 0 0 3 2
N/A FW Luis Solignac 3 2 0 0 0 0 3 2
10 MF Marco Pappa 2 4 0 0 0 0 2 4
44 DF Axel Sjöberg 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
17 MF Dillon Serna 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
8 MF Dillon Powers 1 4 0 0 0 1 1 5
6 MF Sam Cronin 1 3 0 1 0 0 1 4
7 MF Sébastien Le Toux 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 2
23 DF Bobby Burling 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
5 DF Mekeil Williams 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 4
5 DF Marc Burch 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3
26 DF Dennis Castillo 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
3 DF Eric Miller 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
42 MF Micheal Azira 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Players". Colorado Rapids. Retrieved February 1, 2016.