Americans do love a story of second chances.
And while it’s not exactly fair to say that Jose Torres’ international career was wrecked beyond repair two summers back at age 22, his confidence was surely at a low point after the skillful midfielder’s World Cup beat down.
Torres started against Slovenia in a match heavy with implications for the United States’ second round hopes – hopes that went on the ropes when they slogged off to the Ellis Park dressing room burdened with a 2-0 halftime deficit.
Torres needed to justify his lack of defensive discipline that evening by branding the game with attacking creativity. Only, he didn’t. His tackling was clumsy and his passing imprecise at best, totally devoid of any bold authority. It really was a troubled 45 minutes and he was yanked at halftime, surely a devastating blow for such a young man, one so light on international experience to that point.
The United States rallied to draw memorably. As for Torres, he didn’t play for Bob Bradley again. Not in South Africa. Not through the following summer.
So, it was nice to see the Pachuca (Mexico) man connecting gracefully, but decisively, on Saturday against Scotland. We talked up big performances from Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan, and rightly so. But there was plenty to praise in Torres’ body of work, too.
Can he replicate the spiffy work tonight against a much tougher foe, the five-time world champion Brazilians?
While you ponder, read more on Torres and his journey out of Longview, Texas, and back into U.S. graces from the Sporting News’ Brian Straus.
PARIS (AP) A French official says police investigating suspected tax fraud linked to the soccer industry have raided the headquarters of Paris Saint-Germain and the homes of three Argentine players in France.
The official said anti-corruption police units searched the homes of PSG players Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore, and that of Nantes forward Emiliano Sala on Tuesday.
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Police also raided the head offices of PSG at Parc des Princes and other offices in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside the French capital, the official said.
The official, familiar with the case, declined to be identified because the investigation is ongoing.
The national financial prosecutor’s office opened an investigation in December after so-called “football leaks” reports allegedly detailed tax arrangements by top players, coaches and clubs.
Real Madrid didn’t wait long after learning Vinicius Junior was healthy.
The 16-year-old Flamengo star is committed to the Bernabeu after passing a physical, and Real Madrid announced Tuesday that they’ll have their new player no later than July 2019.
The reported fee is $50 million, which would be the most money spent on a Brazilian player since Barcelona landed Neymar for about $64 million in 2013.
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The forward has made two appearances for Flamengo, and turns 17 on July 12. He has 19 goals in 22 appearances for Brazil’s U-17 side.
Here’s Real’s announcement:
Real Madrid C. F. and Clube de Regatas do Flamengo have reached an agreement regarding the transfer of the federative rights of the player Vinicius Junior from July 2018. The player will remain at his current club until July 2019, although he will be able to play for Real Madrid before then if both clubs agree to it.
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MADRID (AP) Spanish authorities say former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell and his wife have been detained in a probe over his businesses in Brazil.
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The detentions early Tuesday are part of a money laundering investigation related to buying television rights for past matches of Brazil’s national team.
Three other people have been detained, but their identities were not immediately released by authorities.
Police raided offices, homes, and businesses in Barcelona and other locations in Spain as part of “Operation Rimet,” in reference to former FIFA President Jules Rimet.
Authorities said the operation used information from the FBI following the U.S. case against high-level FIFA officials in 2015.
Rosell is already standing trial for fraud and corruption charges involving the 2013 transfer of Brazilian striker Neymar.