COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Monday, October 21, 2013) – Colorado Rapids forward Gabriel Torres was named MLS Player of the Week today by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR). The Panamanian striker scored twice in the Rapids’ 3-2 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, including a stunning late strike which virtually assured Colorado a spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
Torres, who was signed by the Rapids on August 8 as the club’s first-ever Designated Player, now has three goals in just six appearances for Colorado (four starts). His first goal against Vancouver was a well-taken penalty that was driven past Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted, who had guessed correctly with his dive. Torres’ second goal of the night was a 77th minute game-winner, coming after he controlled a long ball, took it inside and hit a left-footed rocket into the top corner from 20 yards (WATCH ABOVE). The MLS Player of the Week honor was the first for a Rapids player in 2013, and the first Colorado player selected by the NASR since Sanna Nyassi in July of 2011.
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The Player of the Week performance from Torres came on the heels of a devastating result for the striker’s Panamanian National Team just four days earlier, when his team was knocked out of contention for the FIFA World Cup due to a pair of late goals from the United States in the final qualifying match. “When I came back, [Oscar Pareja] talked to me and I told him I was ready for the game,” said Torres on Saturday night. “I know what kind of position he was in, what position we were in, and I wanted to play this game.”
The Rapids have one match remaining in the 2013 regular season, visiting Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Sunday, October 27 at 6 p.m. MT with the live broadcast on Altitude 2. Colorado will enter the MLS Cup Playoffs the following week (barring a loss in Vancouver and a 13 goal performance by San Jose at FC Dallas), with dates and locations of postseason matchups still to be determined. For more information on the team, or to pre-order tickets for potential playoff games, visit www.ColoradoRapids.com or call 303-825-GOAL.