Commerce City, Colo. (August 18, 2011) - Amidst the injuries, suspensions, and national team call-ups that have altered the Rapids lineup seemingly every week, there's been one constant at the start and finish of every Rapids game the past two years: Drew Moor.
Moor has played every minute of his last 67 regular season games, a statistic that ties him with former Rapids defender and current Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes for the longest consecutive complete games streak in MLS history among field players. The streak includes his final three games with FC Dallas before being traded to Colorado in 2009 and each of the Rapids 64 games since he arrived. On Saturday the 27-year-old defender could set a new MLS record for field players if he plays 90 against Chivas USA.
"I haven't thought about the streak until the last couple of weeks, and that's because people have been asking me about it," Moor admitted to ColoradoRapids.com. "You don't think about streaks, you think about playing games. For me it's not about playing 90 minutes every single time I'm on the field, it's about helping my team as much as I can to win games."
The timing of potentially setting the new record couldn't have worked out better. Moor picked up his fourth yellow card of the season in the team's 2-1 win at San Jose last week. Should Moor pick up his fifth yellow card in any of the next three games in which he appears - starting Saturday - he'll have to serve an automatic one-game suspension. If he goes three games without a caution, he'll have one removed from his record.
"It's something I did think about when I got my last caution in San Jose," Moor said. "Yellow cards happen, especially to defenders. If I get a yellow card I won't be disappointed that I end the streak but I'll be disappointed because I will miss a game."
Moor's streak is even more remarkable when you consider this: he's played the full 90 minutes in 163 of the 166 games he's played in since 2006. The last time he was subbed out of a match was on September 20, 2007, when he played 81 minutes for Dallas against Chicago before being replaced by a forward in a 1-1 tie.
And perhaps a telling sign that he was meant to wear Rapids colors was that the last game he missed was on August 1, 2009 against Kansas City - for having received a red card in the 95+ minute of Dallas' previous match, against Real Salt Lake.
The Rapids host Chivas USA Saturday at 7 pm MT at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.