1999 Season in Review

With the addition of experienced international like Panamanian striker Jorge Dely Valdes and Swedish midfielder Anders Limpar, as well as goalkeeper Ian Feuer, Glenn Myernick appeared to have the strongest squad in the Rapids’ four­year history. Those assumptions were proved to be true in the first half of the season as Colorado jumped out to a 12­4 record and was alone in first place in the Western Conference.

While the Rapids would not remain in first place, eventually falling to fourth, they did record the best regular season in team history with a 20­12 record for a team record 48 points. The triple­edged forward sword of Paul Bravo, Wolde Harris and Dely Valdes combined to score 25 of the Rapids 38 goals and was a constant threat all season long, but the goals dried up over the final third of the season as the team managed to score just three goals in its final 13 games.

That lack of firepower overshadowed the sensational play of Feuer who became the Rapids’ number one keeper when Marcus Hahnemann was sold to Fulham of the English First Divisi on. Both keepers finished the season wi th 10 wins and Feuer was able to post a team record eight shutouts in his 19 games.

In the postseason, the Rapids woes in front of goal continued and they were swept out of the postseason by the Los Angeles Galaxy without scoring a goal.

Despite missing out on a chance to wi n their first MLS Cup, the Rapids did have a shot at some hardware when they reached the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the first time in team history. However, it was not to be and Colorado was upset by the Rochester Raging Rhinos in the final 2­0 and thus keeping the Rapids trophy cabinet bare for yet another season.

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