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Torres to Play for The US

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Steve Goff of the Washington Post is reporting that Jose Francisco Torres, a budding superstar in the FMF for Pachuca a club that has been the most successful in the CONCACAF region over the past several seasons has decided less than one month short of his 21st birthday to play for the United States instead of Mexico. This is a massive development for the US National Team.

For all my criticism on air of both Sunil Gulati and Bob Bradley this is a massive coup. Torres has played a key reserve role for Pachuca not only in FMF matches but also in the CONCACAF Champions Cup, which Pachuca won in 2006 and 2007. Torres is left footed and very good with the ball at his feet: his addition to the US squad instantly improves a lackluster midfield attack, and quite possibly relegated Freddy Adu to the sidelines for the foreseeable future. While I certainly would hope this is not the case, as my CSRN American Soccer Show co-host believes Bob Bradley “hates Freddy Adu,” and Torres is certainly a more acceptable, and technically gifted replacement for Adu than anyone currently in the US pool.

Torres is one of three Mexican-Americans who have now opted to play for the United States instead of Mexico: he is certainly the most accomplished of the group which now includes Michael Orozco and Sammy Ochoa. Torres is the only one of the three, I could have realistically seen playing for Mexico. A big coup for US Soccer, and a job well done to Bob Bradley and whomever helped make this happen.

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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5 Responses to Torres to Play for The US

  1. Daniel F. US Open Cup says:

    Well I’m shocked about this. Pleasently shocked. I bet the Pachuca Players who are mostly Mexican are angry that he chose this path. I’m happy he has.

  2. Lisa W says:

    Now lets see if Bradley will actually play him

  3. elopingcamel says:

    Any foreseeable consequences with his playing time in Pachuca because of this? I know Chivas is all about keeping it Mexican. If a Chivas player could opt to play for the states and did, would that make him unacceptable to Chivas?

  4. kartik says:

    Good question elopingcamel and the answer is no.

    Pachuca is criticized often in the Mexican press for winning on the backs of foreign players. The interview with Steve Goff indicated Enrique Meza who recall at one time managed Mexico was supportive of Torres’ decision.

    If he played for Chivas as American born Jesus Padillia does, he’d be facing a much more stern fallout. That’s why I think we have little chance of getting “el gringo” Padillia to play for us unless he transfers to a more cosmopolitan club.

  5. elopingcamel says:

    I just finished reading Goff’s article with quotes from Torres. Thanks.

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