1998 Season in Review

The Rapids looked to replicate their success of 1997 a year later, and chose to do so wi th a nearly identical squad as to the previous season. But any thoughts of a smooth ride back to the MLS Cup were quickly quashed as the won just three of their first 11 games and looked to be in danger of missing the playof fs once again. But just when things looked their bleakest, the Rapids were able to turn things around and salvage their season by winning eight of their next 10 matches.

Leading the way for the Rapids during this stretch was the forward combination of Paul Bravo and Wolde Harris as well as second­year midfielder Ross Paule. Harris set a new team record with 13 goals on the season while Bravo and Paule each reached double figures in goals giving the team three ten goal scorers for the first time ever. While those three were scoring goals at one end of the pitch, Marcus Hahnemann was stopping them at the other as he had another strong season by wi nning a team­record 16 matches.

The Rapids finished with a 16­16 record, giving them the first .500 winning percentage in team history, and leaving them poised to make another strong postseason push. However, in the Western Conference Semifinals, the Rapids saw their season come to a sudden end when they were swept out of the postseason by the eventual MLS Cup Champion Chicago Fire.

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