2006 Club by Club
In their 11th season the Colorado Rapids once again proved their worth in MLS, under Head Coach Fernando Clavijo. The team’s season was up and down, yet they still managed a respectable fourth placed finish in the West.
Clavijo, a former US international, had a plethora of top attacking options to choose from. With Nicolas Hernandez leading the scoring charts with seven goals and the mercurial Terry Cooke adding a team-high 12 assists.
To add to his exciting core of talented forwards, the Rapids' coach had two highly rated young keepers, in Bouna Coundoul and Joe Cannon. Both contributed hugely throughout the season with the Rapids, as they staked their claim for the No. 1 jersey.
Going undefeated in 19 of their 32 games was solid enough, however the Rapids failed to push on when it came to the postseason once again.
It was a case of deja vu in the playoffs, as Colorado came up against old foe FC Dallas for the second straight year. Again they managed to go through, beating the Texan outfit on penalties as it seemed as though the Rapids had peaked at just the right time of the season. Yet just as it promised to be a banner year, they came unstuck 3-1 against eventual champions, the Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference final.
All in all, it had been a turbulent year for the Rapids, but one which had brought mild playoff success and given fans a taste of the postseason. That success was to become much more familiar in the near future.