COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — 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.