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Burgundy Wave Player Grades: Midfielder/Forward Vicente Sanchez

One of the true bright spots for the Rapids this season was the play of Vicente Sanchez.

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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: Vicente Sanchez

Position: Midfielder/Forward

2015 Statistics

Games Played Games Started Minutes Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal GWG Goals Per 90 Min
30 16 1399 4 5 41 16 0 0.26

Highlight of the Year: There were many high points that Sanchez provided the Rapids this season and at times he was the only one who appeared to be trying for the Rapids.  He pace, ability and leadership were sorely needed this season and he was second on the team with four goals (behind Kevin Doyle).

Lowlight of the Year: Sanchez did not have many low points this season with the exception that he did not play very much.  Yes, he did make 30 appearances for the Rapids in MLS play, but he only played a total 1,399 minutes and averaged 47 minutes a game when he did play.  When your most creative player only plays 46 minutes a game it means that something is wrong with the player or your team lacks creative options.   If you most creative player is 35 years old, there is something very, very wrong with that.

2015 Grade (B): Sanchez was truly one of the bight spots this year, but whenever he was not on the pitch, things just did not go as well for the Rapids.  It is a shame that they had to rely on him so much, but the team has been gutted in the last two years of creative options on the pitch.

2016 Outlook: Sanchez will be 36 next season and has indicated that he wants to come back next year but you have to wonder how much is in the tank.  I think he can come back and offer something as a late game sub and an influence on the younger players, but will he and can he accept that type of role with the Rapids?  Time will tell.