Rapids forward Gabriel Torres called up by Panama for friendly matches

Torres to join national team for matches against Serbia on May 31 and Brazil on June 3

Gabriel Torres penalty for Panama

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Monday, May 19, 2014) – Colorado Rapids forward Gabriel Torres has been called up by the Panamanian national team for the squad’s upcoming international friendly matches against Serbia, on May 31 in Chicago, and Brazil, on June 3 in Goiania, Brazil. Torres is expected to join Panama on May 28, and rejoin the Rapids in Texas for the match against FC Dallas on June 7.

“Gabriel has proven to be an important part of his national team, and these matches are always good experience,” said Paul Bravo, the Rapids VP of Soccer Operations. “We hope that his time with the national team will help him continue to work his way back to full fitness, and that the matches in Chicago and Brazil can build up his strength for when he comes back to the Rapids.”

Torres, 25, has played eight matches (five starts) for the Rapids in 2014, having joined Colorado last August. In 2013, he scored three goals in seven matches (five starts), adding one assist. With Panama, Torres has played 44 matches since 2005, scoring nine goals, and was tied with the U.S.’ Landon Donovan and Chris Wondolowski for the leading scorer in the 2013 Gold Cup with five goals.

The Rapids will face the Montreal Impact this Saturday, May 24 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in the Memorial Day Weekend matchup. For more information on the match, or to purchase tickets, click here or call 303-825-GOAL.