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Burgundy Wave Player Grades: Midfielder/Forward Gabriel Torres

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The original Designated Player started the year on fire and cooled quicker than a soda in the fridge

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We have begun our look back at individual player performances for the 2015 Colorado Rapids. Each day we will look at a different player and see what went right and what went wrong. Please feel free to leave your comments below and let us know your thoughts.

Burgundy Wave Player Grades

Player: Gabriel Torres

Position: Midfielder/Forward

2015 Statistics

Games Played Games Started Minutes Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal GWG Goals Per 90 Min
25 19 1595 4 3 42 14 0 0.23

Highlight of the Year: Torres started the year on a mission picking up four goals early and seemed to be the player that everyone thought he was going to be when he signed in 2014.  He was scoring right and left (well, relative to the Rapids where no one scores much) and seemed very comfortable playing in Burgundy.

Lowlight of the Year: And then he tailed off.  I actually think it was more because he was misused by the Rapids coaching staff.  I am not sure that Torres is a midfielder and continuing to play him there seems to hindered his development.

2015 Grade (C): Torres, for the first three months, looked very good for the Rapids but then disappeared the rest of the season making the occasional appearance and having the occasional good performance.  Was this all his fault?  Ultimately, players need to make plays and Torres did not make enough to justify his salary.

2016 Outlook: I would love Torres back in 2016 but he need to play in the right formation and get consistent playing time.  I do not think that happens and I could see him move to FC Dallas and play once again for Oscar Pareja.