Colorado Rapids 1999
1999 Club by Club
Rapids Head Coach Glenn Myernick added a plethora of talent in the offseason as Colorado looked to bounce back and make an assault on the MLS Cup playoffs after their early exit in 1998.
Internationals were the order of the day as Panamanian striker Jorge Dely Valdes and Swedish midfielder Anders Limpar joined the ranks alongside US born goalkeeper Ian Feuer, who spent most of his career playing in England. These fresh faces made up what many believed to be the strongest squad in Colorado’s four year history and they started off in fine form, wining 12 of their first 16 encounters to rise to the top of the Western Conference. Depsite their strong start, the Rapids went off the boil as the season concluded.
Finishing in fourth spot after a 20-12 record the Rapids could point to losing arguably their most influential player, after keeper Marcus Hahnemann went to Fulham of the English First Division halfway through the season. The free scoring nature of the Rapids also departed, as the trio of Bravo, Harris and Valdes combined to score 25 of their 38 goals. Yet alarmingly the sides attackers hit a barren stretch, scoring just three times in the last 13 games.
Feuer stood in admirably for the departed Hahnemann, recording eight shutouts in 19 games and winning 10 times. In the postseason, the Rapids woes in front of goal continued and they were swept out of the postseason by the LA Galaxy without scoring a goal.
Despite missing out on a chance to win their first MLS Cup, the Rapids did have a shot at some hardware when they reached the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final for the first time in team history. However, it was not to be and Colorado was upset by the Rochester Raging Rhinos, thus keeping the Rapids trophy cabinet bare for yet another season.