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Torres to Play for The US

Steven 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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  1. elopingcamel

    October 3, 2008 at 1:34 pm

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

  2. kartik

    October 3, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    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.

  3. elopingcamel

    October 3, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    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. Lisa W

    October 3, 2008 at 8:33 am

    Now lets see if Bradley will actually play him

  5. Daniel F. US Open Cup

    October 3, 2008 at 3:34 am

    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.

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