Vicente Sánchez

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Vicente Sanchez
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Personal information
Full name Vicente Martín Sánchez Bragunde
Date of birth (1979-12-07) 7 December 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Houston Dynamo
Number 10
Youth career
1998–1999 Sud América
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000 Sud América 17 (0)
2000 Tacuarembó 11 (1)
2001 Nacional 9 (2)
2001–2007 Toluca 242 (85)
2008–2010 Schalke 04 50 (3)
2010–2012 América 49 (11)
2012–2013 Nacional 25 (4)
2013–2015 Colorado Rapids 55 (11)
2016 Defensor Sporting 10 (2)
2017– Houston Dynamo 21 (2)
National team
2001– Uruguay 31 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:40, 26 October 2017 (UTC).

Vicente Martín Sánchez Bragunde (Spanish pronunciation: [biˈsente ˈsantʃes]; born 7 December 1979 in Montevideo) is a Uruguayan footballer who plays for the Houston Dynamo.


Sánchez has played for Sud América, Tacuarembó, Deportivo Toluca, Schalke 04, América and Nacional.[1] On 18 January 2008, he joined German club Schalke, where he remained for two seasons.[2] He played in Mexico again for Club América. On 1 August 2010, he scored his first goal for Club América in a match versus Chiapas.[3]

Sánchez made the move to Major League Soccer on 6 August 2013 when he signed for Colorado Rapids.[4] On 14 September 2013, he scored his first goal for Colorado and forced an own goal in a 2-1 win over FC Dallas.[5] Since his move to Colorado he has become an integral player for the club and is now the penalty kick taker for the club. To start the 2014 season Sanchez scored 4 pk goals in the first 3 games for Colorado.

Even with his play time being carefully managed and his appearances limited to substitutions in the last half of most games, Sánchez was a bright spot in an otherwise lackluster Colorado Rapids 2015 Major League Soccer season. Despite being a crowd favorite with the Colorado Rapids fans and the #2 scorer for the team, Sánchez's 2016 contract option was declined as the Colorado Rapids front office set out to acquire new talent in the form of players such as Marco Pappa, Shkëlzen Gashi, Jermaine Jones and Tim Howard. Sánchez went through the MLS Re-Entry Draft but was not selected by any other team.

International career

He played for Uruguay national football team in the 2007 Copa América and has won 31 caps for the national side, scoring five goals.[6]

International goals

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1 13 July 2004 Estadio Miguel Grau, Piura  Argentina 2–2 2–4 (L) 2004 Copa América
2 24 July 2004 Estadio Garcilaso de la Vega, Cuzco  Colombia 1–2 1–2 (W) 2004 Copa América
3 18 October 2006 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo  Venezuela 1–0 4–0 (W) Friendly
4 30 June 2007 Estadio Polideportivo, San Cristóbal  Bolivia 0–1 0–1 (W) 2007 Copa América
5 13 October 2007 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo  Bolivia 4–0 5–0 (W) 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification


Sánchez holds a U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[7]



Schalke 04

National team


  1. ^ "Vicente Sanchez löst seinen Vertrag bei den Königsblauen auf" (in German). FC Schalke 04. Archived from the original on 3 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sanchez löst Vertrag bei Schalke" (in German). DFL. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "mérica venció con facilidad a Jaguares, que adoleció de variantes" (in Spanish). ESPN FC. 1 August 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
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  6. ^ "Vicente Sánchez". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Vicente Sanchez Player Page". Retrieved 11 August 2015. 

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