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Well looky here, a new player for the Union!

Posted on 06 March 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Roger Torres, photo courtesy of www.philadelphiaunion.com

Though it was about 99.9% clear that 18-year old Roger Torres was in the Union’s preseason camp, no one could really tell you with absolute certainty. Well Union fans, you have your answer (it’s a yes) and even more, we can tell you that the Union liked the creative Colombian so much, they signed him. Now how sneaky is that – no mention but for a secretive addition to the roster page decked out in Union garb.

He will have youth international status (which means a senior contract most likely) and though not confirmed, as of yet, Torres will probably be with us on a one or two year loan (with an option to buy of course). The diminutive playmaker, at one point, earned himself a starting position on a strong America de Cali team before eventually being forced to look for opportunities somewhere else. Torres came up through the Envigado youth system, one that has produced several Colombian talents – most notably Freddy Guarin (Porto). Most importantly, however, Torres has shown well in several of the scrimmages that have  been “open to the public”.

This signing is one for the future undoubtedly but many Union fans might be scratching their heads, wondering what’s with all the youth? Torres gives us a fourth player at 18 or younger with four other rookies – that’s including Noone if and when he signs – on the squad as well. It’s evident Nowak and Hackworth spent most of their coaching careers grooming up and coming prospects but that’s putting a lot on untested shoulders. Though I don’t see Torres taking part in it, Harrisburg and Reading could wind up very happy affiliates at many points this season.

If you missed the YouTube clip we found a while back of Torres and his skills, please re-acquaint yourself. And when all is said and done, we probably shouldn’t be that surprised at the secrecy and or the signing. After all, the first rumor surfaced about Roger Torres in late November of 2009!

Regardless, welcome aboard Roger. I hope you’re not a Franco Neill.

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