Season Review

2019 Rapids Report Card: Nicolás Mezquida

ROLESuper-sub Attacking Midfielder
SQUAD STATUSFirst off the Bench
KEY 2019 STATS4 G, 3 A, 2.2 key passes/90
OVERALL GRADEB+

Season in a Sentence

The suber-sub extraordinaire terrorized defenses in the waning moments of every match and kept the Rapids competitive down the final stretch.

Performance Review

With 4.2 shots and 2.2 key passes per 90, you could make an argument that Mezquida was the second most creative player on the 2019 Colorado Rapids. Flourishing as an impact sub, Mezquida’s attacking midfield appearances in matches usually served to re-energize the Rapids in the final third.

However, an overwhelming negative of Mezquida’s play is his penchant for taking speculative longshots. It often feels a bit like attacks will either thrive or die when Mezquida gets the ball – a calculation probably considered in management’s choice to keep him out of the starting lineup.

Future Expectations

The Rapids brought in Mezquida for $100k TAM from the Whitecaps and his return from his performances off the bench proved well worth the small sum. Mezquida signed a new contract in the offseason, which will keep him at the club for at least two more seasons. The Uruguayan will likely remain locked into his role as a super-sub and is expected to consistently provide a spark off the bench for Colorado’s offense.

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