Rapids' Thompson still fighting for top spot
Wells Thompson still doesn’t know if his performance Tuesday
in the Rapids’ U.S. Open Cup victory over Kansas City will be enough to get him
a starting spot against Toronto on Sunday.
Signed from the New England Revolution along with Jeff Larentowicz
in the preseason, Thompson has played a bit part in all three of the Rapids’
league games so far, coming on as an impact player off the bench around the
hour or so mark each time.
On Tuesday, he scored both goals in Kansas City as the
Rapids progressed to the next play-in round of the Open Cup.
“Colin [Clark], Mehdi [Ballouchy], Jamie [Smith] -- there’s a
lot of different guys,” Thompson said of the various wide players the Rapids
could use. “I know my time will come; I have to be patient and wait for my
Tuesday’s victory was vital to the team, Thompson said.
After a promising start to the season in the first two games followed by the
frustrating loss Saturday, the squad didn’t want to come back from Kansas with
nothing to show for the trip.
“It was such a blessing to win the game the other night,”
Thompson said. “The team really came together. Our Tuesday win was huge -- a big morale-booster.”
And Thompson’s own morale should certainly be boosted after
his two goals took the team through. In the club’s 1-0 loss to Kansas City last
Saturday too, he made a great run into the penalty area and played well after
coming on, a move which led to the disputed disallowed goal that could have
equalized for Colorado.
Kansas is now a thing of the past, and the squad is looking
forward to the Sunday game against a struggling Toronto side at Dick’s Sporting
“I think it’s important to look at every game as a must
win,” he said. “We know Toronto has been struggling, and we would like to get
them while they are down.”
Whether coach Gary Smith picks Thompson to start or not this
weekend, the 26-year-old North Carolina native said he’s happy to be in his
locale in Denver.
“I’m getting some time, I was hoping for change” Thompson said. The guys
are awesome, phenomenal. The coaching staff is great and I
think they believe in me.”