Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
The Colombian connection
by Paul Kennedy, March 8th, 2010 10:20PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls, philadelphia union

MOST COMMENTED

[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



0 comments
  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!!

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Video Pick (TBT): When Chicago ruled MLS     
Can German star Bastian Schweinsteiger, who landed in the Windy City on Wednesday, lead the Chicago ...
Gold Cup: Third U.S. opponent will be Nicaragua     
Host USA will face Nicaragua along with Panama and Martinique at the 2017 Gold Cup Nicaragua ...
What They're Saying: Bruce Arena    
"From what I remember about Concacaf qualifying, it hasn't changed a whole lot in 12 years. ...
MLS Injuries: Atlanta loses Martinez 4-6 weeks    
Josef Martinez, who leads MLS with five goals in his first three games for Atlanta United, ...
Reports: Petke will be introduced as RSL head coach    
Real Salt Lake, which fired Jeff Cassar three games into his fourth season as the MLS ...
Hexagonal Matchday 4: More good results for USA    
The other two results could not have been better for the USA on Matchday 4 of ...
MLS Injuries: Lletget out 4-6 months with foot injury    
LA Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget went off injured Friday night just a few minutes after scoring ...
USL Moves: Rhinos add three players for season opener    
Rochester, preparing for its USL season opener on Saturday, has announced three player signings. Defenders Raymond ...
Video Pick: Jogo Bonito by Neymar, Coutinho & Marcelo    
In Brazil's 3-0 win, Neymar scored after a solo run that started 75 yards from Paraguay's ...
USA-Panama World Cup Qualifier Player Ratings    
The USA settled for one point, albeit it a valuable one, with a 1-1 tie at ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives