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2019 Rapids Report Card: Danny Wilson

ROLE Central Defender/Def. Midfielder
KEY 2019 STATS 1,330 min, 73.5% Pass Acc., 1.8 tackles/90

Season in a Sentence

Like many of Colorado’s moneyball foreign transfers, Danny Wilson was often a liability when he stepped on the field for the Rapids in 2019.

Performance Review

Like Tommy Smith, you can’t evaluate Wilson’s performance without bringing his contract into the equation. The Scottish export currently has a higher salary ($500,000) than any other defender on Colorado’s roster, but hasn’t performed at a level equal to his cohorts.

With Smith and Lalas Abubakar occupying the central roles in defense for most of the year, Wilson saw more time as a makeshift defensive midfielder when Kellyn Acosta and Jack Price were suspended. No matter the position, Wilson failed to provide: his passing accuracy was lowest among Rapids midfielders with at least ten appearances, his defensive contributions in all categories lagged behind the rest of Colorado’s options at his position, and he rarely looked comfortable no matter the manager in 2019.

Future Expectations

2020 is Wilson’s final year under contract with Colorado – though the club does hold an option to extend the deal to 2021. That said, Wilson will likely need to exhibit a transformational positive shift in form to justify another year. At least four are presumed to be ahead of him in central defense and the club could likely get his production in midfield from a domestic second division anchorman looking to make a jump to MLS.

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