Torres scores 2, Rapids beat Whitecaps 3-2

Gabriel Torres scored his second goal of the game in the 77th

minute, lifting Colorado to a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver

Whitecaps on Saturday night that moved the Rapids into a tie for

third place in the Western Conference.

Torres’ left-footed shot circled into the left corner of the net

two minutes after Camilo Sanvezzo had tied the game with a penalty

kick that was awarded when Jordan Harvey was hauled down in the

scoring area.

”Aside from a mistake, we had played so well,” said Torres,

who scored his second and third goals of the season. ”We weren’t

going to let this one get away.”

The Panamanian forward downplayed being motivated by Panama’s

recent stunning loss in a World Cup qualifying elimination game

when the United States scored two goals in stoppage time.

”I put that aside here,” Torres said. ”This game today was

not about me, but all about the team,”

Deshorn Brown added a goal for Colorado (14-10-9). Its 51

points, a franchise best, tied it with Seattle and Los Angeles in

the West. The top five teams in each conference advance to the

postseason.

”This win showed me so much about Gabe and the team,” Colorado

coach Oscar Pareja said. ”To be able to bounce back the way we did

after giving up the lead showed how much heart this team has.”

With the game tied 1-1, goalkeeper Clint Irwin lofted a clearing

pass that reached Brown at midfield. Brown pushed aside Whitecaps

defender Lee Young-Pyo, faked goalkeeper David Ousted to the ground

and put the ball into the back of the net.

Kekuta Manneh also scored for Vancouver (12-12-9), which had its

two-game road winning streak snapped and was eliminated the

Whitecaps from playoff contention.

”We got the equalizer on a penalty kick and we were in a good

position,” Vancouver coach Martin Rennie said. ”That was an

unbelievable strike by Torres. Undefendable.

”We could have defended better. The bottom line for us we

haven’t defended well enough. We’ve been scoring goals and losing

3-2.”

Matt Watson had a chance to tie it in the 57th minute with a

shot from the slot, but the ball cleared the cross bar.

Sanvezzo evened it momentarily with his 19th goal of the

year.

Both teams had their chances in the first half. Irwin had a

two-hand catch of Manneh’s shot from 20 yards out in the fifth

minute and Manneh then barely missed the left post in the 15th

minute.

Vicente Sanchez’s free kick was caught by Ousted in the 12th

minute. Brown sprinted 60 yards with the ball and had his shot miss

the right post in the 24th minute.

Manneh found the top right corner with a spin move and shot from

just outside the box in the 32nd minute.

Colorado tied the game at 1 on Torres’ penalty kick in the 41st

minute. Drew Moor drew the penalty.