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Torres patiently waiting for Philadelphia Union chance

Philadelphia Union loanee Roger Torres says he will do whatever he can to push into the starting line-up on Thursday.

The 20-year old was used as a second-half sub in the 2-1 Eastern Conference semi-final loss to Houston Dynamo on the weekend and was lively during his spell on the pitch.

Torres, on loan from Colombian club America de Cali, has started just nine times this season (26 appearances total) for three goals and feels he can give something to the Union but knows he will have to wait and see what path coach Peter Nowak takes for the second leg at Robertson Stadium.

"If the coach believes in another formation for the next game, we'll be ready whether he wants to count on me in the first XI or he goes out with the same team [as Sunday]," Torres said. "We all have the same mentality. We all want to win and we all want to advance. We have to be ready and stay calm. We can't say that just because we lost, we've lost everything.

"When the manager gave me the chance, I think I took advantage and did well and scored goals and gave assists and made a contribution," Torres added. "That's why I'm here. The coach decides who starts. I'm not recriminating. I'm just another player waiting for the opportunity.

"He's a coach who plans every game differently. So the past games that he didn't put me as a starter, [it's] because according to the game plan, I don't fit with what he wants. But he tells me I'm an important player for him and I'll always be there when he needs me."

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