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José Francisco Torres
Personal information
Full name José Francisco Torres Mezzell
Date of birth October 29, 1987 (1987-10-29) (age 22)
Place of birth Longview, Texas, United States
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Pachuca
Number 18
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006– Pachuca 69 (3)
National team
2008– United States 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:52, 11 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:52, 11 March 2010 (UTC)

José Francisco Torres Mezzell (born on October 29, 1987, in Longview, Texas) is an American soccer player. He currently plays as a midfielder for Pachuca in the Mexican First Division and the United States national team.



Torres has both Mexican and American citizenship, having a Mexican father and an American mother.[1]

Professional career

Torres was recruited by Pachuca while he was still attending high school in Texas.[1] He broke into the starting lineup during the 2008 Apertura season in central midfield. He appeared in all three matches at the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup for Pachuca, starting twice. In the InterLiga 2009 Final, Torres scored the clinching penalty kick that sent Pachuca through to the Copa Libertadores 2009.[2]

International career

Torres was eligible to choose between representing Mexico, the nation of his father's heritage and where he played club football, or his native United States. Both national federations had been tracking Torres's progress at Pachuca.

Torres was invited by Peter Nowak to play for the United States U-23 team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Torres declined the invitation when Pachuca promised a position in their starting lineup if he stayed with the club.[1] However, only three months later, on October 2, 2008, Torres announced his intention to represent the United States at the international level, and was called in to the U.S. camp by Bob Bradley within days.[1]

He made his U.S. debut against Cuba on October 11, 2008, coming on as a substitute for Heath Pearce in the sixty-eighth minute. He made his first start against Trinidad and Tobago four days later. Torres was also included in the roster that played against Mexico in February 2009, but did not play. Torres was a member of the U.S. squad for the Confederations Cup, but did not play any matches in the tournament due to fatigue from the club season.



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