US Soccer celebrate as Torres snubs Eriksson

US Soccer is celebrating after Pachuca star Jose Francisco Torres committed to the Stars & Stripes.

US Soccer is celebrating after Pachuca star Jose Francisco Torres committed to the Stars & Stripes.

In a somewhat surprising decision, Torres, a Texas native who is Mexican-American and has lived in Mexico now for many years, has chosen the US as his national team. 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, Torres 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. Torres instantly becomes one of the most technically gifted and accomplished attacking midfielders for US at club level. With Torres playing a role, Pachuca has won one FMF title, two CONCACAF Champions Cups and the Copa Sudamericana. Very few American players have an international club resume to match his.

Torres has become a regular contributor to Pachuca in the last year. In an interview with the Washington Post he stated that both Sven Goran Eriksson and Bob Bradley had aggressively sought his services over the last few weeks.

Both coaches planned to call him in for the next set of World Cup qualifiers, with both nations in the pole position in their respective qualifying groups. It is assumed Torres will be a regular for the US team going forward.

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