By DAN KARELL
Monday was a good day for new Colorado Rapids signing Gabriel Torres.
The 24-year-old forward scored in a reserve league match against Chivas USA, and received word later in the day that he had received his P-1 Visa, making him eligible to play on Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Torres arrives in Colorado after a two month stay with the Panamanian National Team, leading the line along with FC Dallas forward Blas Perez though World Cup qualifiers and the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Torres earned a share of the Gold Cup Golden Boot, scoring five times, including two games with a brace against Mexico in the opener and Cuba in the knockout rounds.
Here are some more notes from around MLS:
URRUTI TO TFC LINKS CONTINUE TO PERSIST
Once thought to be an early season signing, the rumors of a move from Argentina to Canada for Maximiliano Urruti have not died down, despite the end of the transfer window.
According to fresh reports in Toronto and Buenos Aires, Argentina, Urruti is either in or on his way to Toronto FC, joining the club on a two-and-a-half year contract. One of the issues in the transfer is that Urruti’s current club, Newell’s Old Boys, believes that the 22-year-old forward still has another year left on his contract, and are demanding a transfer fee from TFC.
Following TFC’s 2-1 defeat to the Seattle Sounders last Saturday, General Manager Kevin Payne confirmed to the Toronto Sun that they are still looking to bring in new players, despite the transfer window closing.
FC DALLAS LOAN WARSHAW TO SWEDISH CLUB
In his third season with FC Dallas, midfielder Bobby Warshaw is still on the outside looking in.
While the club still seem to have the 24-year-old in their plans, they’ve loaned him to Swedish club Ängelholms FF in the Swedish Superetten, the second division, for the remainder of the season. Warshaw had played just 130 minutes this season with FC Dallas.
Ängelholms features another American on the club, goalkeeper Matthew Pyzdrowski, who formerly played with the Chicago Fire Premier PDL side and the Portland Timbers in 2010, while the latter were still in the USL.
IMPACT PLACE IAPICHINO ON WAIVERS
In news that was expected for the past few days, the Montreal Impact have officially placed reserve defender Dennis Iapichino on waivers, ending his year-long stay at the club.
“He was not in our plans for the rest of the season and the future, but we wanted to give him the chance to find another team now,” Impact sporting director Nick De Santis said in a statement on the club’s website. “We are thankful for his services with our club over the last year.”
The Swiss-born player played just 16 times in MLS for the club since joining midway through the 2012 season, instead spending more time on the bench in the Impact squad than on the field.
What do you think of these developments? Do you see Torres starting on Saturday for the Rapids? Do you believe the Urruti rumors? Do you see Warshaw as a member of FC Dallas next season?
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