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The Colombian connection
by Paul Kennedy, March 8th, 2010 10:20PM
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[MLS]Colombians have become the import of choice in Major League Soccer.Roger Torres, 18, signed with Philadelphia Union on loan from America Cali of the Colombian First Division. His signing gives MLS 13 Colombians, most signed in the last two years, spread over 10 teams.

Like many of the transactions, Torres' signing is a loan deal.

Many of the Colombians who have worked out have been defenders, but Torres is unique. He is only 5-foot-5 but a highly regarded young midfielder.

“We're very excited to have Roger join our club,” said Union manager Peter Nowak. “He's another young, talented player with a lot of potential and he'll be a strong addition to our midfield attack. His creativity and ability to see the whole field will help us play the way we want to play."
 
Torres started 15 games for America in 2009.

MLS's Colombians
PLAYER (TEAM, POS.) AGE
Juan Pablo Angel (New York, F) 24
Jair Benitez(FC Dallas, D), 31
Wilman Conde (Chicago, D) 27
Yamith Cuesta(Chivas USA, D) 20
Pablo Escobar (Kansas City, D) 23
David Ferreira (FC Dallas, M), 30
Sergio Herrera (Columbus, F) 28
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (Seattle, D) 25
Jamison Olave (Salt Lake City, D) 28
Fredy Montero (Seattle, F) 22
Oscar Murillo(Colorado, D) 21
Roger Torres (Philadelphia, M) 18



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  1. Juan R
    commented on: March 9, 2010 at 8:08 a.m.
    I wish Juan Pablo Angel was 24 years old!
  1. Kerry Ogden
    commented on: March 9, 2010 at 12:55 p.m.
    It's great to see international players in the MLS but my concern is the loss of positions to current US players. I have seen a trend of College level players going to Europe to start there careers as players, The current level of players in the US is getting near the top of other countries in the world, which was shown just recently by the US U-17 National team beating Mexico's U-17 team. I hope in the future that the MLS starts to see value and talent in US players and that more opportunities are given to these's players.
  1. Alex Lozano
    commented on: March 9, 2010 at 4:37 p.m.
    As a Colombian by heritage, I'm proud that we are making our presence known in MLS...though, I wish my Galaxy would include themselves in the Colombian "sweepstakes", lol. JPA is actually 34, I assume...I know he isn't 24, lol. Should be interesting to see how the Colombians do in 2010, especially Fredy Montero. Buena suerte to all of them!!

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