TORRES HOPEFUL FOR BRAZIL OPPORTUNITY
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Midfielder Jose Francisco Torres is hopeful for the chance to face Brazil in the second match of the Confederations Cup in South Africa.

Since being substituted off the field at halftime during the United States' disastrous 3-1 loss at Costa Rica on June 3rd, Torres has yet to see any further playing time for the national team.

The Pachuca man was arguably the best player for the Americans on the field that night at Estadio Sarprissa and would certainly welcome the chance to square off against five-time World Cup champion Brazil on Thursday.

"I don't know if I'll play," Torres told YA following a pregame training session. "Coach Bradley has not said anything, but I would enjoy the chance and it would give me a lot of pride if I do end up playing."

The native of Longview, Texas knows that in order to beat the reigning Copa America champions, he and his teammates will have to bring the same energy and focus the U.S. displayed Monday night against Italy.

"It will be a great game and I think we will play well against Brazil," assured Torres. "The Italy game is now in the past and we are focused on Brazil."

The effort of his countrymen versus the defending World Cup champions was not lost on El Gringo who watched the U.S. leap out to a 1-0 lead despite being a man down before succumbing to American Giuseppe Rossi and the Italians in the second half.

"I believe we did a good job and we worked really hard against Italy. We fought and battled more with just 10 men and we were winning even though they had the man advantage."

Torres and the United States tangle with the Brazilians in Group B action on Thursday afternoon at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Tshwane/Pretoria.
leeterofcola
Thursday June 18, 2009 11:02 pm
"Gringo" Torres is the most technically sound player on USMNT. He deserves a real chance to solidify a spot on the team. Torres' time in the game against Costa Rica was the last time I've seen a player on our team who was able receive passes, protect and hold the ball, and find an open player upfield. He has great/ quick feet and he's a hard worker. Give this kid a chance!!!!!!!
msm
Thursday June 18, 2009 1:02 pm
i was shcoked when he was taken off during the costa rica game- he was the best us player on the field. bradley said he was looking for a spark and brought in sacha- what a joke.

not playing this kid is a joke- bradley should be fired. we need to go after klinsmann again before its too late.
duriseti
Wednesday June 17, 2009 3:51 pm
I'm sorry, but what has Freddy Adu ever done against grown men with anything resembling consistency?

I have not seen Torres play, but welcome the opportunity.
Ilya
Wednesday June 17, 2009 2:51 pm
Torres and Adu should be on the field! We always complain that we do not have enough talented players but do not use those we have.
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