|KEY 2019 STATS||579 minutes, 14 tackles, 7 interceptions|
Season in a Sentence
Serna started off the season strong but quickly fell out of favor and didn’t make a convincing case for a new contract.
After Sam Vines fell victim to a preseason injury, Dillon Serna played all ninety minutes of Colorado’s first four matches against Portland, Seattle, Kansas City, and F.C. Dallas at left back. After delivering average-to-above-average performances in the position, Serna had two consecutive woeful performances that resulted in early exits against Houston Dynamo at home and Orlando City on the road.
Shortly after those matches, Anthony Hudson was fired, Sam Vines returned to the fold, and Serna rarely saw the field afterwards. Though he pieced together a few late game substitute appearances under Conor Casey, Serna only made one appearance during Robin Fraser’s tenure – half an hour against a depleted Seattle side.
It’s disappointing to see a homegrown player depart the club so unceremoniously. No doubt many Rapids fans will have had fond memories of the local talent’s seven seasons with the club. However, Serna’s contract was up at the end of 2019 and there wasn’t much of a compelling reason for management to renew his deal. I wrote a bit more on what went wrong for Serna in Colorado here if you’d like to try your hand at getting some closure.
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