To commemorate the end of a historic 2021 regular season campaign, our team here at the Rapids compiled a list of the top three goals, celebrations, set pieces and saves from this year. Scroll to reminisce on some of the best moments of 2021.
Top 3 Goals
1) Michael Barrios vs Portland Timbers: Are you even a Rapids fan if you don't know this goal? Our Golden Boot winner sealed the deal from a near-impossible angle against the Timbers on the road to give Colorado its second goal in the 2-2 September draw.
2) Cole Bassett vs LAFC: The Homegrown's screamer to the far post is the freshest in our minds on this list, as his goal in the 63rd minute of the Rapids 5-2 Decision Day matchup with LAFC put the Rapids up to 4-1 on the scoreboard.
3) Mark-Anthony Kaye vs Real Salt Lake: What else did you expect from Mark-Anthony Kaye's first goal in burgundy? A perfectly timed run, an impeccably weighted cross into the box, and one of our favorite goals of 2021 comes from the Rapids' 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake in this year's second leg of the Rocky Mountain Cup.
Top 3 Celebrations
1) Braian Galván vs Minnesota United FC: First start, first goal, shirt off. Our Argentinian winger knows how to commemorate a moment.
2) Jonathan Lewis vs LA Galaxy: After slamming a penalty kick home to put the Rapids up 2-1, Jonny just had one message for the home Galaxy crowd.
3) Auston Trusty vs FC Dallas: Alexa, play "Wiggle" by Jason Derulo.
Top 3 Set Pieces
1) Diego Rubio vs Vancouver Whitecaps: Do we even need to explain why we love this free kick so much? Just look at that upper 90 placement.
2) Danny Wilson vs Minnesota United FC: In a come-from-behind win over Minnesota, this header by Wilson was the Rapids' cherry on top of a 3-2 victory. The delivery by Jack Price in the 82nd minute set up the moment perfectly to put Colorado ahead through the final whistle.
3) Auston Trusty vs Austin FC: To open his Rapids account, Trusty got on the end of yet another perfectly-placed Price corner to head the ball down and into the back of the net to put Colorado up by three against Austin FC at DICK'S Sporting Goods Park.
Top 3 Saves
1) William Yarbrough vs FC Dallas: This point-blank save by Yarbrough is one all goalkeepers hope to pull off. In the Rapids' 2-0 victory over Dallas, Yarbrough preserved a clean sheet and a two-goal lead in the 47th minute with this life-saving tip off that hit the crossbar.
2) Auston Trusty vs Sporting KC: Our Defender of the Year saved the day in the Rapids' 1-1 draw with Sporting KC as he made a goal-line clearance to keep the score even.
3) Yarbrough vs Houston Dynamo: Our steadfast goalkeeper recorded his 13th clean sheet in this 1-0 performance against Houston, making four big saves to shut out the Dynamo and end the Rapids' road campaign. Yarbrough's 13 shutouts in the regular season tied for the most in the league and set a club record.