Colorado Rapids Sign Vicente Sanchez

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The Ecuadorian forward will hope to provide an individual spark to the Rapids’ team offence.

Ecuadorian striker Vicente Sanchez is all set to join Colorado Rapids, pending the completion of a medical.

Rapids fans will no doubt be pleased that Sanchez has experience at the highest level of the game, having spent two seasons at Schalke 04 of the German Bundesliga, with whom he accumulated 50 appearances and finished runner up for the league title in 2010.

Sanchez’s most prolific spell came with Mexican side Toluca. 85 goals in 242 games helped his side win two Apertura titles in 2002 and 2005.

“The season is coming to an end,” Sanchez said to after his first training session with the Rapids squad. “The team is playing very well and there are very good players in this group, so I have to adapt as quickly as possible.”

“I think [MLS] has grown a lot,” Sanchez said, “When I spoke with [Pareja], he told me about the project here, and it interested me. It’s a team that plays beautifully and well.”

Sanchez explained that Pareja was a big influence in his move to MLS, after receiving other offers from Colombia, Argentina and Uruguay.

“It’s a league that’s grown a lot, and hopefully I can sign my papers and be ready for selection” Sanchez said.

The Rapids’ next game is against Chivas USA on Sunday August 11th. With the Rapids looking like good value for a playoff spot, Sanchez could well prove a useful backup for main man Deshorn Brown as the business-end of the season draws on.

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