The Colorado Rapids had plenty of storylines in 2013 - from injuries to key players, to newcomers stepping in, taking the season series over that team on the other side of the Rockies, and returning to the MLS Cup Playoffs for the 11th year.
As the team broke today, we looke back at the season in numbers. Statistics are kept in a massive range of categories, so we tried to pull out the ones about the team - and season - as a whole, with a sprinkling of a few individual stats:
The 14 wins marks the most the Rapids have recorded in a season since the end of the shootout era (1999), and ties for the most ever in regulation.
- 1999: 20-12 including 6-3 in shootouts
- 1998: 16-16 including 2-2 in shootouts
- 1997: 14-18 including 2-3 in shootouts
- 1996: 11-21 including 2-4 in shootouts
- The 51 total points this season is the most in franchise history. The previous high was 49 points in 2011.
The 1.5 points per game were second most ever, following the 1.53 in 2010 (12-8-10, 46 pts)
- Also averaged 1.5 ppg in 1999 (20-12, 48 pts) and 2005 (13-13-6, 45 pts)
- Oscar Pareja is the first coach to win 14 regular season games in a season since Glenn ‘Mooch’ Myernick, who won 14, 16, and 20 in the shootout era in 1997, 1998, and 1999, respectively.
- The 34 points earned at home (10-3-4 record) is the most ever in a single season. The previous high was 32 points in 2005 (10-4-2).
- The 30 goals scored at home are the most since 2002, when the Rapids also scored 30 at home. The most ever is 31 scored in 1998.
- The 10 home wins were the most since the team won 10 home games in 2005. The most ever is 11, accomplished in 1998 and 1990, albeit in 1998 one was via shootout and in 1999 four home wins came via the shootout.
- The 10 home wins were second most in MLS (tied with MON, CHI, SEA, RSL); the most was 11 (NY, POR, SJ, LA)
- The 45 goals scored are the most in a season since 1998 (62 goals). The Rapids had scored 44 in four of the past five seasons.
- 14 different players scored goals; 8 players scored their first goals as members of the Rapids, accounting for 37 of the 45 total goals.
- The 38 goals against ties the 2009 team for fourth fewest allowed in a season. The lowest are 32 (2004, 2010), 34 (2007), and 37 (2005).
- Only Sporting KC (30) and Portland (33) allowed fewer goals than Colorado.
- The Rapids outscored their opponents in each half: 18-17 in first half, 27-21 in the second half. Only POR (16) and SKC (17) allowed fewer second half goals.
- The 17 road points (4-8-5 record) ties the 2010 team (4-6-5) for the second most since the end of shootout era. The most road points in a season since 1999 is 22 in 2011 (6-7-4). The most road points is officially 23 during 1999, when the team went 9-7 on the road but with two shootout victories (3 pts for a win, 1 for a tie).
- Colorado was 11-1-6 when scoring the first goal and 3-10-2 when allowing the first goal
- Rapids were 7-0-4 when leading at the half and 2-8-2 when trailing at the half.
- Only SKC (301), LA (326) and RSL (394) allowed fewer shots against than Colorado (395).
The team averaged 15,499 spectators per home game (6 sell outs), marking the fourth straight year in which attendance increased over the previous year.
- It was the highest per game average since 2003, when the team averaged 16,772 spectators per game.
The Rapids posted a 9-8-7 record against Western Conference opponents and a 5-3-2 record against teams in the Eastern Conference:
- In the West, won the season against LA Galaxy (2-1-0), Vancouver Whitecaps (2-1-0), Real Salt Lake (1-0-2), and Chivas USA (2-0-1), tied the series’ against Seattle (1-1-1) and FC Dallas (1-1-1), and lost the season series to San Jose (0-2-1) and Portland (0-2-1).
31 of 34 rostered players made an appearance in at least one game during the 34 regular season games.
- 14 players made their Rapids debut in 2013
- 10 made their MLS debuts
- 4 made their professional debuts.
- Deshorn Brown’s 10 goals were the most by any rookie for the Colorado Rapids, and second most by any rookie in MLS (Damani Ralph scored 11 for Chicago in 2002).
- Brown’s 97 shots taken (31 games) are second most in a season behind Junior Agogo, who was credited with 102 in just 22 games in 2000.
- Dillon Powers suffered 62 fouls against, the 5th highest in a season and most since Jason Moore was fouled 77 times in 2001. Moore has the highest ever with 83 in 2000. Martin Rivero was fouled 61 times in 2012.
Goalkeeper Clint Irwin’s 14 wins were most since Marcus Hahnemann won 16 in 1998 (2 via shootout).
- Irwin’s 10 shutouts tied Joe Cannon (2004) for most in a year.
- His 1.10 goals against average tied Matt Pickens (2010) for fourth lowest. Cannon posted a 1.07 GAA in 2004.
- Left back Chris Klute led the team with 7 assists, becoming only the second defender ever to lead the team in assists. In 2004 centerback Antonio De La Torre and midfielder Chris Henderson tied for the assist crown with 5 each.
- Edson Buddle lead the team with three game-winning goals and Vicente Sanchez had the most game-winning assists with three.
- On Oct. 5 the Rapids defeated Seattle 5-1, tying the mark for most goals in a game. MORE HERE