Moor and Thompson 2011 Rapids Award winners
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Moor & Thompson, Defender and Humanitarian of the Year


Commerce City, Colo. – The Colorado Rapids announced their team award winners on Wednesday night, and in addition to Jeff Larentowicz taking home team MVP and Golden Boot honors, defender Drew Moor and midfielder Wells Thompson each earned their share of hardware as well. Moor earned his second consecutive recognition as Defender of the Year, while Thompson was named the club's Humanitarian of the Year.

With his effective defensive play throughout the year, Moor once again contributed stability and dependability to the Rapids defensive line. Showing his versatility and leadership, he played left, center and right back at various times throughout the season, and pitched in on the offensive side of the ball as well, scoring a career-high four goals, including two game-winners. He also set an MLS record, playing a total of 69 consecutive complete regular season games, the most ever for a field player. The streak ran from August 6, 2009 through August 27, 2011, and Moor passed Peter Vermes to set the mark.

In 2011, Wells Thompson set career-highs in nearly every category, including games played, starts, minutes, goals and assists, but it was the midfielder's off-field efforts that earned him recognition. A true Humanitarian, Thompson was honored as the club's Humanitarian of the Year not just for his involvement in numerous local organizations and causes, but also for his everyday attitude and actions throughout Denver and wherever he travels. He visited children and families at HealthONE hospitals, helped run youth soccer clinics, and spent his free time volunteering. Even President Barack Obama took notice, mentioning Thompson’s charitable efforts when the Rapids visited the White House in June.