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How do the Rapids of 2016 compare at the halfway stage of the season?

With the 0-0 home tie against Portland Timbers on Monday, the Colorado Rapids arrived at the midway point of their 2016 regular season.

And so, as a way to highlight the impressive, sustained start to the season, find below the numbers for 'halftime' of each of the Rapids’ 21 seasons. As many suspected, it's been a very good season so far.

Note that from 1996-99 there were no ties. Matches were decided via a form of shootout, with the winner of that shootout collecting one point, hence why the tally for the first four seasons may seem at odds with the three-points-for-a-win format.

So, how do the Rapids of 2016 compare with seasons past? Well, for a start, they have the best points-per-game average since the end of the shootout era (1.94). Also, more than half of their games have been wins (9). Again, this is without equal post-shootout.

On top of that, they have the best defensive record (11), and the best goal differential (8) than at any time in their history by the middle of the campaign.

Yes, there remains much to do between now and the end of the regular season, but - 1999 aside - the class of 2016 has put themselves in the strongest position of any Rapids team to have gone before.

The second half of the season starts on Saturday, with a trip to Vancouver Whitecaps FC. You can follow this match live on Altitude, with coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m MT.

Season

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Pts/game

1996

16

7

9

0

28

28

0

19

1.18

1997

16

8

8

0

23

25

-2

22

1.37

1998

16

7

9

0

33

35

-2

17

1.06

1999

16

12

4

0

30

19

11

32

2.00

2000

16

7

8

1

22

34

-12

22

1.37

2001

13

2

8

3

15

23

-8

9

0.69

2002

14

6

7

1

19

24

-5

19

1.35

2003

15

4

8

3

17

26

-9

15

1.00

2004

15

5

4

6

13

13

0

21

1.4

2005

16

4

10

2

16

22

-6

14

0.87

2006

16

7

6

3

20

22

-2

24

1.5

2007

15

4

7

4

14

21

-7

16

1.06

2008

15

6

8

1

24

20

4

19

1.26

2009

15

5

4

6

22

20

2

21

1.4

2010

15

6

4

5

17

14

3

23

1.53

2011

17

5

5

7

19

21

-2

22

1.29

2012

17

7

9

1

24

22

2

22

1.29

2013

17

5

7

5

17

19

-2

20

1.17

2014

17

7

5

5

24

19

5

26

1.53

2015

17

2

6

9

12

17

-5

15

0.88

2016

17

9

2

6

19

11

8

33

1.94



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