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Klinsmann sticks with Torres
by Paul Kennedy, September 4th, 2012 12:07AM
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TAGS:  americans abroad, men's national team, mexico


[USA MEN] Jose Torres could be the poster boy for what Jurgen Klinsmann says is the biggest problem with U.S. national team players, their inconsistency. Dropped after the 2010 World Cup by Coach Bob Bradley, Torres, who has spent his entire pro career playing for Mexico's Pachuca, was recalled by Klinsmann after he replaced Bradley 13 months ago. The Texas-born midfielder has looked very good at times for the USA but was subbed at halftime of the recent Mexico-USA friendly, raising questions about his future on the national team. But Klinsmann has brought him in for the pair of World Cup 2014 qualifiers against Jamaica.

"Jose is at a stage where we would like to see him taking over more responsibilities, taking more control of the game and also making more decisive passes or plays in a game," Klinsmann said after announcing his 24-player roster for the Jamaica series. "He has that quality, we believe. He has the technique. He's quite experienced. He's not a youngster anymore, he's not the age of Joe Corona. He knows now what it is all about."

Torres, 24, is actually only two years older than Corona, but he is in his seventh season with Pachuca, one of Mexico's top clubs.

"The message to him is very simple," Klinsmann said. "He needs just to do more and to have more influence on the game. He didn't have that influence in the first half at Azteca Stadium. That's why I took him off."

After taking over for Bradley, Klinsmann immediately installed Torres back in the U.S. midfield, praising his passing, vision and change of pace.

Torres has looked best when he has played on the left side of midfield but has struggled as the attacking midfielder, a role he does not play at Pachuca.

Injuries sidelined Torres for the last two months of the 2011 Torneo Apertura (broken foot) and he was again injured in the opening World Cup 2014 qualifier against Antigua & Barbuda (ankle sprain).

"He will get always his chances and he will receive similar messages as I said now," said Klinsmann. "We want to give the players always the opportunities and chances to kind of grow into that role that we kind of want to see from them and then obviously down the road when it gets closer, hopefully after everything is working out positively with the qualifying campaign, we will make the decision [of] who's going to play in the World Cup, so we want him to make more ownership of this whole thing."

  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: September 4, 2012 at 8:30 a.m.
    Klins knows what he is doing and proving he will transition the Usa game to a more tecnical style with preference to the mpre tecnical players. This is great for Usa s future as a soccer country.
  1. John Foust
    commented on: September 4, 2012 at 9:08 a.m.
    Agree Luis - Torres is the most technical competent player on the team, even better than the Germans. He may or may not be a dominant playmaker, as that's not his roll at Pachuca. Let's hope he rises to this occasion!
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: September 4, 2012 at 9:39 a.m.
    Agreed, it really saids something of overall selection of players in Usa when yu depend on a player like Torres to play out of position because he is the best option at this ppsition. Nonetheless, Ridge will rate him low again whenever he gets the chance ignoring this important fact. There are better players in Usa to put tpgether a top 15 wprld team but we keep osing them to countries like Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Argentina, etc. How can the world s richest country not be able to hold on to these players or even , in many cases, notice them and scout them??
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: September 4, 2012 at 10:17 a.m.
    Coach K knows the soccer IQ level that is required to compete on the international pitch.
  1. Gordon Hayes
    commented on: September 4, 2012 at 11:11 a.m.
    Please don't bite on Luis', who never played the game, continued efforts to divide nationalities and races..............."Coach Luis believes and teaches his young players something that has been overlooked in American Soccer : Loyalty, Comradery, Honor." He feels nobody in the US teaches the virtues of loyalty, comradery, or honor and that apparently he is the only one.............And he feels "Very few in USA know much about soccer.".............Luis never played the game, hates white people, thinks only hispanics can play soccer well, is just a daddy coach, cries and makes excuses when not enough hispanics are chosen for a US team - he is a victim and a race-baiter and a divisive element in the US AND A PROVEN PATHOLOGICAL LIAR who thinks his 'vast superior' knowledge of the game is earned simply by his ethnicity.....................Go USA women and men of all races!!!!
  1. Mike Gaire
    commented on: September 4, 2012 at 11:17 a.m.
    Torres is a good option, at the moment, but only until Stuart Holden gets back! Then he will have a real fight on his hands to keep a place. But I believe in Jurgen, (despite his total inability to recognize the best left back in America, Todd Dunivant) as who else could have coached the USA to a victory in both Italy and Mexico in one season? Keep up the good work, Jurgen, but do not overlook great players in the USA just because you see promising youngsters playing in the Bundesliga! Please!
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: September 4, 2012 at 11:51 a.m.
    Mike, agreed. Holden is undoubtedly the best player for that position in Usa but I think a player like Torres will always have a spot on a Klins team somewhere on the field. I too think we are looking tpo hard in Germany for players. Please ignore Gordon who clearly has a greatly disturbing psychological problem.
  1. David Sirias
    commented on: September 4, 2012 at 12:55 p.m.
    JK playing Torres out of position is JK's biggest mistake along with Danny Williams as a wide right d-mid. As to the fomer, Torres is not Iniesta--his instincts are to hold and distribute horizontally, not to make incisive vertical passes, or take players on to create space for others. This is a Klinsmann problem, not a Torres problem. It's like asking Clint Dempsey to play the #6 position. Totally negating his strengths. Williams is ever more offensively challenge. His inability to attack or maintain possession in attack outweighs whatever good defending he might do as de-facto second right back/ right sided destroyer. Klinsmann has done a good job thus far, but these moves deny him the right to claim he has done a very good to great job, and that is what we will need to advance to the WC, much less get out of group in the WC.
  1. Gordon Hayes
    commented on: September 4, 2012 at 2:33 p.m.
    Mike - I am surprised Luis did not claim you were a racist for claiming Holden was a better option than Torres and really surprised he did not give you a list of hispanics that are better than Dunivant (he does not think much at all of white players)- you see, your reasons behind your posts (and David's) seem to be about logical tactical reasoning, Luis and his buddy Ric, who also never really played the game, see things racially and ethnically -Ric and Luis think if JK does not select Torres he is racist - if a SA writer gives a hispanic a bad rating - that too is racist - those two are blinded by their racial hatred and bias........pity they are influencing young players and pity their racial divisiveness infects our great soccer culture.
  1. Bret Newman
    commented on: September 4, 2012 at 3:39 p.m.
    It's the ugly truth Gordon. I read all these comments by Luis and Ric, and I come to the same conclusion. Anybody that is hispanic, is automatically the better soccer player. These two character's probably think Torres is better than Bradley.
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: September 4, 2012 at 4:38 p.m.
    Gordon, whats really a shame is you only look out for my posts for you to ppst anything yourself.
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: September 4, 2012 at 5:27 p.m.
    Gordon, tell you what we can do so you can ppst everything you want on my comments. I will start my own Futbol America Al Diario columns and really tap into the great majority of Soccer fans in Usa. Thx man, you motivated me to come up with this great idea. Muchas Gracias Pendejo.
  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: September 5, 2012 at 11:41 a.m.
    The level of heat displayed by these comments definitely is exceeding the level of light. If you think someone's ideas are wrong, attach his ideas, not his perceived psychological agenda. Luis has a definite agenda about maximizing the number of Latino players in the be it. I agree with some of what he says and disagree with others but that's what opinions are for. So far as Gordon is concerned, I don't know if I agree or disagree with his soccer ideas because I've never seen any, just reams of hatred directed at Luis; not pretty. Only one man's opinion of course. Fire away if you don't like it but please leave my mother out it. Thank you.
  1. Gordon Hayes
    commented on: September 5, 2012 at 12:25 p.m.
    Albert - I want a USMNT and USWNT to get the best athletes regardless of race and I don't want 'superiority by ethnicity' nor racial and ethnic divisiveness to be a part of our soccer community. I think posters have the right to be made aware that some posters are simply race-baiting and promoting their racial and ethnic agenda. Just doing my part.
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: September 5, 2012 at 5:12 p.m.
    Albert, even though you dont agree with me you soun like a man of reason. Gordon, thinks he is some sort of hero or something and there is no logical reasoning with him or a hope of a logical conversation. He will call anyone a racist that does not agree with him. This all started with his coment that Usa s best athletes are picking basketball and football over soccer but if they did pick socer first we would be the best in te world. I mentioned the obvious, that basketball and footbqll are both preominantly dominaed by black people. I mentioed tht in my opinion this ws due more to the cultural passion they display for basketball, more than any other thinicity
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: September 5, 2012 at 5:28 p.m.
    I also mentioned that A great part of Usa population, Hispanics, picked soccer first and in ost cases only soccer and displayed the same cultural passion for this sport but for some reason Hispanics have not shown the same player ratio as blacks in basketball. This aparently makes me a racist that hates white people and black people according to Gordon. Albert, can you nake sense of this?
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: September 5, 2012 at 5:31 p.m.
    Fyi, the ratio i speak of is for our national teams
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: September 5, 2012 at 7:31 p.m.
    Gordon, let me take a wild guess at your next ppst. Dont beleive Luis. He is a race baiter and victim. He is a daddy coach that didnt go to college and didnt even play, blah, blah blah!! Go Usa men and aomen of all races. Hee Haw. Was that close enough? Lol. Hey Gordon, are you a Republican? Come on, I got some money on this one.

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