Colorado Rapids midfielder Hendry Thomas is on to the Round of 16 in FutbolMLS.com's annual Latino del Año online poll. (CLICK HERE TO VOTE)
The Quarterfinals includes the top two vote-getters from the group stage, pitting first from one group against a second place finisher from another group. The Honduran Thomas, who easily won Group F with 45.48 percent of the votes, is up against the Columbus Crew's Costa Rican forward Jairo Arieta, who finished second in Group E behind FC Dallas's Panamanian forward Blas Perez.
Either Thomas or Arieta will move on to the quarterfinals to face off against the winner of Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy) vs. Erick “Cubo” Torres (Chivas USA).
Voting for the Round of 16 is now open and will close on Sunday, November 10, at 10:00 pm MT. The player with the highest number of votes in each matchup will qualify for the quarterfinal stage.
Thomas was one of three Rapids players in the initial 32-player field. Gabriel Torres and Vicente Sanchez did not finish in the top two of their respective groups and did not advance (Group Stage results below):
1. Álvaro Saborío (Real Salt Lake) – 46.23%
2. Camilo (Vancouver Whitecaps) – 27.42%
3. Gabriel Torres (Colorado Rapids) – 20.02%
4. Mauro Rosales (Seattle Sounders) – 6.33%
1. Hendry Thomas (Colorado Rapids) – 45.48%
2. Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders) – 25.72%
3. Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC) - 15 %
4. Michel (FC Dallas) – 13.79%
1. Boniek García (Houston Dynamo) – 51.53%
2. Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers) - 21.85%
3. Vicente Sánchez (Colorado Rapids) – 14.13%
4. David Ferreira (FC Dallas) – 12.49%