24 Under 24: #22 Roger Torres
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24 Under 24: #22 Roger Torres, Philadelphia Union

#22. Roger Torres

Pos: M | Philadelphia Union | Age: 20

  • Last year on "24 Under 24": #23
  • Fan Ranking: #11
  • Castrol Index (Aug): #301

Torres’ talent is inversely proportional to his diminutive size, which has made the Colombian a fan favorite at PPL Park. But despite the flashes of sublime skill, Torres is yet to convince manager Peter Nowak that he can be a starter. Despite two consecutive starts, the Union have primarily employed him as a catalyst off the bench and he consistently proves he can impact a game when coming in as a super sub. The debate is sure to continue as to whether it's his best role.

What the TDs and coaches say:  “Good talent. Exciting. He’s got great feet, a good eye for goal. He’s a good passer of the ball and wants to go forward with it … It’s about being more dominant: Can he be on the ball more and can he be the guy to make a difference in the match? … Has to make quicker decisions about which are the right moments to play the ball and where to play the ball … He has the talent and technique and can wiggle out of trouble … There are parts of the field he gets the ball where he has to play simpler … Sits a little too deep in midfield … There’s also the physical aspect — he can be a little bit stronger.”

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