Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Rumored Signing Updates

Remember last Wednesday when the news broke that the Rapids were signing Panamanian striker Gabriel Torres?  That he would likely be the team's first Designated Player?  Well he was reportedly coming to Denver yesterday for a workout.  He's not here yet and tonight he tweeted this an hour ago:
Buenas noches señores hasta este momento nada es oficial se esta en negociaciones con diferentes clubes pronto se sabra el club oficial !
Which translated is:
 Good evening gentlemen so far nothing is official is in negotiations with several clubs soon will know the official club!
 To me, these aren't positive signs.  Maybe this is just a last minute negotiating ploy from his agent, but the Rapids have been fairly open about their plans to sign Torres.  There have been articles on MLSSoccer.com and the Denver Post confirming that he's being signed and talking about how excited the Front Office is about it.  If it were to now fall apart, there would be a lot of egg on the face of the Rapids with only a week to do something about it before the close of the transfer window.

Coincidentally or not there were rumors today, apparently confirmed by the player's Twitter, that the Rapids will be signing 33-year old Uruguayan striker Vicente Sanchez.  Sanchez has played for Toluca and Club America in Liga MX, with a stint at German side Schalke 04 in-between them.  He was with Nacional in Uruguay last season but is apparently fe up with them and ready to move North.

We'll see if the Rapids sign Torres, Sanchez, both, or neither.

UPDATE: Despite Torres' tweet, Chris Bianchi (Rapids beat writer for MLSSoccer.com) has tweeted tonight that he's been assured the Torres signing is still on, expected to be wrapped up this week.  Good news.

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