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Vi-cen-te! Vi-cen-te! An important piece of the Rapids puzzle returns

Having all the right pieces makes all the difference. Once Vicente Sanchez entered the game, we saw how important that piece can be.

Good seeing Vicente Sanchez back on the pitch for the Rapids!
Good seeing Vicente Sanchez back on the pitch for the Rapids!
Doug Pensinger

Saturday night was Hispanic Heritage Night at Dick's Sporting Good Park.  Announcements were made both in English and Spanish!

Yet, few had trouble understanding this: Vicente Sanchez is critically important to the success of this team.  His energy, his reaction to the ball, his desire made the last 30 minutes of the Rapids game like a visit from a long-lost friend.

Granted, some of his crosses betrayed a bit of rust on his part, but he also elevated the play of everyone on the field, for the most part.  Whereas Deshorn checks out on occasion (what a horrible play on that offsides that denied us a sure goal), and most others could maintain possession of the ball, Sanchez's presence on the pitch made a difference--and also shows us something else.

We've let some pieces go, and failed to implement others, for whatever reason.

  • Atiba Harris stuck a dagger in the Rapids' faithful last night in the 94th minute;
  • Marvin Chavez nailed us days after his trade to the Goats.
  • The coaching staff sat our DP Gabriel Torres for reasons I do not understand, for he seems to contribute--and what did we have to lose given our two points in two months.
  • Clint Irwin is now sitting, riding the pine behind Joe Nasco (solid game last night--though he got away with a lot of potential miscues) and John Berner--which is still somewhat of a mystery.

I could go on, but the point is (hopefully) made.  Vicente Sanchez made a difference.  And we see the importance of maintaining other pieces as well:  Drew Moor, Jose Mari, Shane O'Neill, Dillon Powers and Marlon Hairston. More veteran pieces like Sanchez will do us well for 2015.

Pablo Mastroeni will remain for 2015--we already know that from the front office.  He needs veteran pieces on his coaching staff as well.

Four games remain:  Seattle (10/5 at 1:00 pm), at Chivas USA (10/11 at 8:30 pm MST), FC Dallas (10/18 at 1:00 pm), and at Vancouver (10/25 at 8:00 pm MST).  I don't see the Rapids obtaining a lot of points, but they may surprise us.  Let's end the season strong.

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Go Rapids!