As we do every year, through the month of December we'll be doing ratings and reviews of every player who played even a slightly significant amount of minutes for the Colorado Rapids in 2013. We'll start from the goalkeepers and move our way up to the forwards. Today, we'll cover Vicente Sanchez.
Name: Vicente Sanchez
Appearances: 8 (623 minutes)
Stats: 1 goal, 4 assists
Coming into the home stretch of the season, Colorado was in dire need of some extra class offensively. Though they seemed relatively assured of a playoff spot, they had been struggling to score goals. The answers came through two late-season signings in Vicente Sanchez and Gabriel Torres. Though Torres got the hype, it was Sanchez who proved to be the key signing when it came to a playoff push.
In only a few appearances, Sanchez was often the best attacking player on the field. His great touches, intelligent passes and creativity with the ball made the offense better. Losing him, along with Dillon Powers, for the final few matches of the year really, really hurt. Noticing just how bad the offense was without him was a bit jarring, and that's something to think about going into 2014.
He might have been old, but the guy was a wizard.
Even in his final appearance, while he was nursing an injury, he was still possibly the most influential man on the squad:
Sanchez has had two touches. They were the best two touches of the game so far for the Rapids.— Burgundy Wave (@Burgundywave) October 31, 2013
PLAYER RATING: 7
.GIF TO SUM UP HIS SEASON:
Damn straight you are.