By The Numbers: Rapids Stats From The 2021 Season
In a record-setting season by the Colorado Rapids, many of us know the numbers by now.
17 wins - previous high in the post shootout era was 15 (2016). All-time, including during the shootout era (1996-1999), this number has been bettered just once, in 1999 (20).
8 road wins - only bettered by the nine road victories set in 1999, when shootouts determined winners when scores were level at the end of the contest.
13 shutouts - William Yarbrough broke the previous record of 10, set by Joe Cannon in 2004 and equaled by Clint Irwin in 2013.
61 points - previous high in the 34-game season format was 58 (2016)
1.79 points per game - previous high was 1.71 (2016)
16 home games unbeaten - they enjoyed a 9-1-7 home record
But did you also know that the team’s 51 goals were shared around 18 different players?
Only Nashville (0) had fewer home losses than the Rapids (1).
Dominique Badji’s five goals included three game-winning goals. He has nine game-winning goals for the club, joint third all-time, behind Paul Bravo (12) and John Spencer (10).
The Senegalese striker now has a total of 29 goals for the Rapids, which is the sixth most in club history. His five goals took him passed Marcelo Balboa, Mark Chung, and Wolde Harris. He is two behind Chris Henderson (31) in fifth.
This season, defender Drew Moor went over 400 MLS appearances, and 200 for the Rapids. Badji and Jack Price both crept beyond 100 appearances; Price ended the regular season with 100 starts.
The club, an MLS original, played their 800th game in franchise history with a 2-1 win at LA Galaxy on August 17.
Price, recent winner of the MVP award for a fourth successive season, delivered 134 corner kicks in 2021, the most of any Rapids player in a single season. He has now also taken a total of 373 corners, again a club high.
The Englishman had a team-high nine cautions in 2021, taking him to a total of 32 in 104 appearances, enough for second on the club’s all-time list, ahead of Kyle Beckerman (30 from 145 appearances), but behind Pablo Mastroeni (56 from 225).
With his 12 assists, Price moved to third on the club’s all-time chart. He now has 32, just behind Terry Cooke (34), but still some way adrift of Chris Henderson (53).
Moor started one of his 12 appearances. He was the only outfield player to start at least one game who did not commit or suffer a single foul. Kellyn Acosta on the other hand, committed a team-high 42 fouls, three more than Auston Trusty (39), despite playing 12 fewer games, and more than 1,200 fewer minutes.
Diego Rubio was the most fouled Rapids player, suffering 49 in his 26 appearances (19 starts), closely followed by Cole Bassett (44 from 32 appearances/23 starts).
Find below a selection of notable numbers for just some of the boys in burgundy this season, as well as the Gaffer:
Lalas Abubakar bagged a career-high two goals in the season. Trusty contributed a career-high three assists. He had previously managed just two in his previous three seasons.
Danny Wilson had MLS career-high starts, appearances, minutes, and assists.
We saw the first of Steven Beitashour in a Rapids jersey in 2021. He started six of his 11 appearances.
Rubio’s six assists equaled the high he achieved in his final season at Sporting Kansas City in 2018.
With his two goals in the final game of the regular season, Jonathan Lewis climbed to seven for the year. The most he had previously managed in a season was five, achieved with the Rapids in 2019 and 2020.
That final outing of the season also produced a first-ever goal for his hometown team for Denver-born midfielder Collen Warner. It was his first MLS goal since March 2017.
Michael Barrios took home the Golden Boot award for his team-high eight goals. Only once had he managed more goals in an MLS season, when scoring nine for FC Dallas in 2016. His assist against LAFC on Decision Day Sunday took his career tally to 50.
Bassett scored five goals, equaling the career-high managed in 2020. The homegrown midfielder also passed 50 starts for the club.
Keegan Rosenberry sat out the final four games of the season, but he still chalked-up his 150th MLS start in 2021, and equaled career-highs in both goals (2) and assists (3).
And, of course, there were MLS debuts for homegrown players Oliver Larraz and Dantouma Toure.
Finally, to head coach Robin Fraser, who led the team to a 17-7-10 record, with a win percentage of 0.647. Pablo Mastroeni had the previous best (full) season percentage of 0.632, set in 2016.
About the author: Since 2013, Richard Fleming has been the TV commentator and host, covering the Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer. During 16 years with the BBC, he covered two FIFA World Cups, five Africa Cup of Nations, a FIFA Confederations Cup, and a European Championship. He has also covered UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, and football at all levels of the game during more than 30 years covering the sport.