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Jose Francisco Torres has seen his playing time at Pachuca diminish and it appears the U.S. national team midfielder ready to look at new opportunities, including a potential move to Major League Soccer.
Torres told MLSSoccer.com that Pachuca has given him permission to find a move, and MLS is a definite possibility.
So where would Torres be a good fit? The Houston Dynamo make the most sense given the clubs need for some central midfield strength. Chivas USA will also be mentioned but you wonder if the presence of impressive rookie Blair Gavin would make Torres a less viable option.
While those two clubs make sense, there are plenty of other MLS teams who could use a player like Torres. Among them you have teams like Portland, Chicago, New England, Los Angeles, Seattle, Columbus and Philadelphia.
Is it time to leave Mexico? A move to MLS makes plenty of sense and there would be a long list of teams interested in a player with his qualities. Hes young, talented and already has a following in the United States. Hes marketable and could also develop into a player teams could sell. For Torres part, he knows he needs to be playing to stay in the U.S. national team picture so a move to MLS wouldnt exactly be a setback for him.
Where do I see him going? The Houston Dynamo definitely need help in central midfield and Torres is the type of marketable player the team can build around as it moves closer to opening a new stadium. It probably doesnt hurt that Torres is a Texas native (his hometown of Longview is about four hours away from Houston). Also, the Dynamo have seen plenty of him in CONCACAF Champions League play.
Dallas is the closest MLS team to Torres hometown of Longview (about two hours), but Dallas would need to find the money to squeeze him onto its salary budget, never mind the fact Dallas would have to trade with someone to move up the MLS Allocation order (unless Dallas made him a Designated Player, which wouldnt seem likely). He would be a perfect replacement for Dax McCarty, but Dallas has already pegged impressive rookie Eric Alexander for that role. No, Alexander isnt as good as Torres, but in the MLS world of limited salary resources, Alexanders value as a reasonably-priced option makes him a good option compared to a high-priced option like Torres.
Where would you like to see Torres wind up in MLS? Hoping he makes a move to Europe instead?
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