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Report: Fernando Torres prefers MLS move over China

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At a time where Major League Soccer has growingly become more and more youthful, a veteran presence could be gracing the league very soon.

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Recently, Zlatan Ibrahimovic completed his long (very long) awaited move to the LA Galaxy, but now another veteran striker could be calling MLS his home once his contract in Spain expires at the end of the 2017/18 season.

Fernando Torres has been on the radar of several MLS sides, and the former Spanish international is reportedly keen on a move to the U.S. instead of one to the China Super League.

The Montreal Impact, Chicago Fire, Seattle Sounders, New York City FC and Sporting Kansas City have each been linked with “El Nino” since word came out that Torres’ time at Atletico Madrid would end in 2018.

The Fire are believed to hold the Discovery Rights to Torres if he does in fact decide to join MLS at some point.

This season, Torres’ role at Atleti has been reduced significantly with the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa up front, however, the former World Cup winner has still scored eight goals in 36 appearances for the club.

La Liga: Torres starts Atletico Madrid farewell with a goal

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A roundup of all of Sunday’s action in Spain’s top flight…

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Atletico Madrid 3-0 Levante

Fernando Torres entered the weekend with only seven league games remaining in his Atleti career after announcing this week that he would leave the club this summer. The 34-year-old World Cup (2010) and Champions League (2012) winner began his farewell tour on Sunday and marked the occasion with a goal, Atleti’s third in their 3-0 win over Levante.

Angel Correa opened the scoring with what proved to be the winner in the 33rd minute, followed by Antoine Griezmann’s 19th league goal of the season (26 in all competitions) three minutes after halftime, and it was more than enough for Diego Simeone’s side to secure all three points and maintain their four-point lead on Real Madrid in the race for second.

Malaga 1-2 Real Madrid

Real Madrid leapfrogged Valencia, who lost to Barcelona on Saturday, to reclaim third place after dropping a pair of points in last weekend’s Madrid derby.

Isco and Casemiro got the goals for Zinedine Zidane’s side before Diego Rolan pulled one back very late on for Malaga.

The final El Clasico of the season, while carrying little to no title implications, is three weeks away at the Camp Nou.

Elsewhere in La LigaSaturday’s roundup

Getafe 1-0 Espanyol
Eibar 0-1 Alaves

Report: Chicago owns MLS claim to Fernando Torres

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The Chicago Fire reportedly have a Discovery Claim on Fernando Torres, and according to MLSSoccer.com’s Paul Tenorio could be first in line to land the Atletico Madrid striker should he arrive in Major League Soccer.

Torres, 34, could combine with big striker Nemanja Nikolic to bolster Chicago’s offense, which has scored in every game this season and has 7 in 4 outings.

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The striker, who’s also played for Liverpool, Chelsea, and AC Milan, has said he wants to play on for two or more seasons in his career.

For those indoctrinated in MLS parlance, the Discovery Process allows a team to call “dibs” on up to seven players outside of Major League Soccer who do not meet specific criteria related to the USMNT or college soccer.

So, yeah, that’s how a team can discover a man with two EURO titles, a Champions League crown, and a World Cup to his name.

Torres to leave Atletico. MLS next?

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Fernando Torres will leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the current season when his contract expires.

Torres, 34, made the announcement on Monday as he calls time on his second spell with his boyhood club.

The Spanish striker has seen his minutes diminish this season under Diego Simeone and he was an unused sub in their draw at rivals Real Madrid on Sunday, as Atletico stay on track to finish second in La Liga.

“This will be my last season at the club. As you can see I am playing very little,” said Torres. “I felt obliged to inform the supporters. It’s not been an easy decision. This is not a day for reproaches. It’s very difficult to say goodbye for the second time. My aim was to hang up my boots here. I want to keep playing for two, three or five years.”

Torres has scored 126 goals at Atletico after breaking into the team as a teenager and the club said he is a “legend” and he will always be welcome to return. He will be honored in their final home game of the season against Eibar on May 20 for his services to Atletico.

The Spaniard, who won the World Cup in 2010 as well as the European Championahips in 2008 and 2012, played for Liverpool and Chelsea in the Premier League, winning the Champions League with the Blues in 2012 before returning to Atletico in 2014.

What next for Torres?

He has said he wants to keep playing for at least another two seasons and with no transfer fee to acquire him, this seems like a player who could be perfect for MLS.

Yes, Torres has struggled to break through at Atletico in the past few seasons as Antoine Griezmann’s star has risen but there’s no doubting his pedigree.

That is why MLS clubs and teams for the Chinese Super League will line up to take him this summer.

And yes, MLS are trying to limit the amount of veteran stars they sign from Europe but with the recent signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the likes of David Villa ripping it up at New York City FC, there’s always room for a player of Torres’ quality.

Torres leads Atletico into Europa League quarterfinals

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LONDON (AP) Fernando Torres scored twice as Atletico Madrid marched into the quarterfinals of the Europa League by thrashing Lokomotiv Moscow 5-1 Thursday.

Atletico, winner of the competition in 2010 and 2012, advanced 8-1 on aggregate.

Both Torres’ goals came in the second half. He converted a penalty in the 65th minute before adding his second with a low right-foot shot five minutes later.

Angel Correa, Saul Niguez and substitute Antoine Griezmann were also on target for Atletico in the second leg.

Maciej Rybus scored for host Lokomotiv.