Uruguayan international Vicente Sanchez signs with Colorado Rapids

Uruguayan international Vicente Sanchez is joining the Colorado Rapids, the club announced today.

Sanchez, 33, most recently played for Club Nacional in Uruguay, and will be eligible to play for the Rapids pending receipt of his P-1 work visa and international transfer certificate.

“Adding a player like Vicente is great for this club, since he can both help the team score goals and add leadership which will benefit our young players,” said Rapids technical director Paul Bravo said in a statement. “His goalscoring in Mexico and South America speaks for itself and we’re excited that he’s joined our club.”

Sanchez played seven years for Toluca in Mexico, netting 85 goals and helping the team to two championships -- in 2002 and 2005. In four years at Schalke of the German Bundesliga (2008-2010) and Club America in Liga MX (2010-2012) he totaled 14 goals in 99 appearances.

For the national team, Sanchez has totaled five goals in 31 appearances.

The Rapids will be in Los Angeles this weekend for a league tilt with Chivas USA on Sunday (11 pm ET, UniMas).