|KEY 2019 STATS||7 G, 3 A, 2.7 dribbles/90, 1.4 key passes/90|
Season in a Sentence
Shinyashiki tortured MLS defenses all season, cemented his status as one of the most exciting young players in the league in 2019, and was rightfully rewarded the Rookie of the Year award to boot.
The Rapids were able to select Shinyashiki in the SuperDraft thanks to $100,000 in General Allocation sent to Chicago and boy if that doesn’t look like a a stunning steal in hindsight. The Brazilian from the University of Denver was expected to provide a boost to Colorado’s attack, but a Rookie of the Year-caliber season was thought to be wishful thinking at the dawn of 2019.
What’s most remarkable about Shinyashiki’s season is that the forward was able to be incredibly impressive from outside his natural position. Though more of a striker by trade, Shinyashiki proved to be a reliable and consistent performer on Colorado’s left wing.
Shinyashiki’s status as a starter might be in jeopardy depending on who Colorado’s management ends up signing in the Winter transfer window. Nevertheless, the attacker has proven to be a valuable asset to the Rapids’ attack and will likely still regularly feature in 2020.
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