With the opening stages of the 2014 Copa Libertadores looming for some of South America’s biggest clubs, Gaby Torres’ former club has come calling for his services. Zamora, of Venezuela, will be participating in the 2014 version of South America's most prestigious club tournament, and the team has made an enquiry to see if the Rapids' Designated Player could be available on loan.
“We’ve received an initial request from Zamora, but we need to fully discuss this opportunity with our technical staff and management here at the Rapids. We haven’t gotten much past that at this point,” said Technical Director, Paul Bravo.
The details of any potential loan would have to be worked out between the Rapids, Zamora and Torres, including the length of any such deal. The Rapids signed Torres in August as the first Designated Player in club history. Prior to joining the Rapids, the striker led Zamora to their first championship with 21 goals, and powered Panama’s run in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup run with five goals.
With the Rapids, Torres started in five of his seven regular season appearances and contributed three goals and an assist.
“Gaby had mentioned that possibility to us [following the MLS season],” Bravo said, speaking of the possible loan. “And it’s an interesting idea, because it’s a long offseason and we’re looking for ways for a few of our guys to get the benefit of playing at a high level during that time.
"Gaby is one of those guys, but we needed to make sure it makes sense for us before coming to a decision. We will be in communication with both Gaby and Zamora over the next few weeks to see if this will happen.”
Bravo also previously said he's looking to secure training opportunities in England for Clint Irwin, Chris Klute, and Dillon Serna.