Rapids sign veteran Uruguayan forward Sanchez

The Rocky Mountain Cup winner has added to its forward corps, signing the Mexican league and Uruguayan national team veteran.
The Colorado Rapids are the hottest team in MLS, coming off a Rocky Mountain Cup triumph while carrying a league-best seven-game unbeaten streak, but that does not mean the club is sitting pat with the league's summer transfer window about to close.

The Rapids signed Uruguayan forward Vicente Sanchez Tuesday, adding the 33-year-old veteran who has 31 caps and five international goals to his name with La Celeste.

“Vicente is an experienced, professional player who can help this team both on the field and in the locker room,” Rapids manager Oscar Pareja said in a team statement. “He has performed at a high level in some of the top leagues in the world, even at his most recent club in Uruguay. We’re happy to welcome him into the group.”

Sanchez most recently played for Nacional in his native Uruguay but is known more for his standout play at Toluca from 2001-2007, where he played in 242 matches, scored 85 goals and won two Apertura titles. He moved to Schalke in the Bundesliga and Club America after that prior to his return to Nacional, where he played in 2001 ahead of his move to Mexico. In his career, he has played UEFA Champions League, Europa League, Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana matches.

He joins a forward corps in Colorado that includes rookie Deshorn Brown, American veteran Edson Buddle and the lesser-used Kamani Hill and Danny Mwanga. Brown currently leads the team with six goals.