Oscar Pareja highlights Marvell Wynne's 'best game', as defender reaches another milestone

Coach says Wynne "was huge" offensively and defensively in recent home win

Marvell Wynne

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Garrett Ellwood / Colorado Rapids

Marvell Wynne reached two milestones over the past month.

On July 17 against New England, Wynne became just the fifteenth Colorado Rapids player to play in 100 regular season matches.

On August 17 against Vancouver, he became the 84th among thousands of players in the League's 18-year history to play in 200 regular season games.

"I thought Marvell had one of his best games since I’ve been here and I want to highlight that," Rapids coach Oscar Pareja said after the 2-0 home win. "Marvell came up huge for us. He made a great contribution offensively and defensively… and the combination with him and Vicente (Sanchez) looked good. It looked natural to me."

A regular center back since joining the Rapids in 2010, Wynne started this season at right back, where he had played during his first four years in MLS while with New York and Toronto. However, after missing three games with an injured quad, he has rotated back and forth from center back to right back over the past few months.

Against the Whitecaps he started at right back, helping the team register its ninth clean sheet of the season by shutting out the Whitecaps' high-scoring attack of Kenny Miller and Camilo, who leads MLS with 14 goals.

"Defensively, it was communication in the back," Wynne told ColoradoRapids.com. "Me, Drew (Moor), Shane (O'Neill), and (Chris) Klute have played back there before. It wasn't me going out there being with a brand new set of guys. It was me fitting into a role that I once had consistently."

Perhaps what contributed to Wynne's 'best game' - at least offensively - was the introduction of newly-signed winger Vicente Sanchez on the right flank. In the 36', it was Wynne's push down the line and resulting give-and-go with Sanchez that set up Deshorn Brown's goal (watch below).

"We had a little bit of a different lineup (against Vancouver). I had Vicente in front of me and he made things a lot easier for me," Wynne said. "I feel I can do my job correctly offensive if I just give him the ball. And, with him always being able to turn and get in good positions, I can make runs off him."

Like every other player, Wynne is competing every day to get on the field. He's twice been sat in favor of others, but his focus has not wavered. 

"On the field, or off the field, it's all about the team, no matter what," he said. "But for me, I always want to be out there playing."