2000 Season in Review

Even before it began, it was obvious that the 2000 season was goi ng to be the beginning of a youth movement in Colorado as the Rapids held three of the first ten picks in the MLS SuperDraft. Adin Brown, Wes Hart and Alan Woods were selected to give the Rapids a burst of youthful energy, and forward Junior Agogo was brought in to try and replace the departed Wolde Harris.

However, all the new faces took some time to get on the same page and the Rapids once again found themselves fighting for a playoff spot. Unable to put together a multiple­game winning streak and hovering right around the eight and final playoff position all season long, Colorado’ s postseason aspirations came down to its final match of the season against Los Angeles.

Needing a wi n to ensure a playoff berth, the Rapids were unable beat Kevin Hartman in regulation and the game went to overtime scoreless. But in the 97th minute, Paul Bravo to a pass from Jorge Dely Valdes to score his 7th and final goal of the regular season and send the Rapids to the postseason for the fourth consecutive season, setting off massive celebrations amongst the 18,570 fans at Mile High Stadium that night.

But the good times would end there as the eventual MLS Cup Champion Kansas City Wizards knocked the Rapids out of the openi ng round of the playof fs in three games. The game would also mark the end of head coach Glenn “Mooch” Myernick who was relieved of his coaching duties during the offseason. In four years at the helm, Myernick guided the Rapids to a 63­61­4 record and four postseason appearances, including the club’s only MLS Cup appearance in 1997.

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