Oscar Pareja embraces Vicente Sanchez
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Vicente Sanchez on wanting to return to the Rapids next season: "Of course"

Hours after arriving back in Colorado following the disappointing playoff loss at Seattle last week, creative midfielder Vicente Sanchez was speaking highly of the Rapids' season and his short time in Colorado.

"For starters, I think Oscar did a great job - a very impressive job with this team. He has very good players, young players with a lot of talent, players that gave of themselves as a team - and they demonstrated this against important MLS teams."

Sanchez, who featured against Seattle despite having a broken bone in his right shoulder, was a key piece to the Rapids playoff run, scoring once and adding four assists in limited time since arriving in late summer. Following the elimination, Sanchez spoke of wanting to use the result as an opportunity to get better.

"In soccer you have to work every day. Every day you learn something new," Sanchez said. "(The loss at Seattle) is a learning experience. This shows us things we need to improve, and things we do well that we need to continue doing, as the coaching staff has explained to the group."

Now comes a big decision for the club and Sanchez.

"Of course," Sanchez said when asked if he'd like to be back with the Rapids in 2014. "I'm thankful to the Rapids for opening their doors for me. I'll continue training until I finish this contract and then wait."

As for when and how the decision will be made if he returns or not, Sanchez said that will be discussed in the coming weeks.

"We come back (next week) to continue working, training," Sanchez said. "I think then we'll be talking with the coach, and coach will begin to tell us the plans for next season."

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