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 Gaby Torres.
Name: Gabriel Torres
Appearances: 7 (507 minutes)
Stats: 3 goals, 1 assist
We entered 2013 as the only team in MLS history to have had neither a jersey sponsor nor a Designated player. Now, we're just the only team without a jersey sponsor. Late in the year, rumors began to bubble up linking Gabriel Torres to the Colorado Rapids. And by 'bubble up', I mean Tim Hinchey and Chris Bianchi basically told us on twitter.
After a long and drawn out transfer saga that featured a French team and a few others, he signed. With the Rapids pushing for the playoffs but faltering down the stretch, he was expected to step in and contribute right away.
Other than a kind of 'blah' first game against Vancouver and an invisible match against Seattle (a game where pretty much everyone was awful), he delivered. Three goals, two of them very pretty, and an assist in his seven appearances helped the Rapids get their first win over Seattle in three years and clinch a playoff spot by beating the Whitecaps.
He'll have all the time in the world to prove himself as a star in 2014, thanks to Graham Zusi knocking him and his country out of the World Cup. If he can put together a 15-goal season with the rest of the offense running about the same as it did for the majority of 2013, it should solve the majority of those consistent goalscoring issues that the team had.
PLAYER RATING: 6
.GIF TO SUM UP HIS SEASON:
Feet on fire!