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Fulham’s American teen could get MLS loan

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Luca de la Torre could take his next steps in development back home in America.

The well-followed USMNT prospect signed a new deal at Fulham in September, but may take a loan spell with Brad Friedel‘s New England Revolution according to West London Sport.

The 19-year-old has played right wing, right mid, and attacking mid for the Cottagers, but has been limited to five substitute appearances this season in the Championship. He turns 20 in May.

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Overall, he has eight senior appearances for Fulham, and has six goals and six assists in 51 matches for the U-23 side.

The Revs have very good options at right wing and center attacking mid in Kelyn Rowe and Diego Fagundez, and have rotated the pieces of their attacking quartet in two matches of 4-3-3 with two defensive mids.

There’s an opening for a difference maker, and De La Torre could raise his profile with Fulham and the U.S. by starring in MLS, or this could open the door to a full-time MLS return a la Brooks Lennon and Real Salt Lake in 2017.

American teen Luca de la Torre signs new deal at Fulham

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Luca de la Torre has extended his stay at Fulham.

The American teenager has come up through the youth academy at Fulham and made three appearances in midfield for Slavisa Jokanovic’s first team last season.

On Tuesday the Cottagers announced San Diego native de la Torre has signed an extension which keeps him at Fulham until 2020.

Speaking to the club website, the U.S. national team youth is now hoping to kick on after recovering from an injury in preseason.

“It’s a great feeling. I’ve been at this Club for a few years now and it definitely feels like home for me. There are a lot of opportunities for me this year to play well for both Fulham and the USA, and I’m looking forward to grabbing the opportunity with both hands,” de la Torre said. “I was a bit unlucky at the beginning of the season, I was injured during pre-season and I’ve been out since but now I’m back in training so hopefully it’s onwards and upwards from here.”

Along with USMNT defender Tim Ream, de la Torre is keeping the American dream alive at Fulham.

The heyday of Clint Dempsey, Carlos Bocanegra and Brian McBride ripping it up at Craven Cottage seems like a long time ago, but de la Torre is hoping he can break into the first team after watching fellow USMNT youngster Emerson Hydnman do the same in recent years before his move to Bournemouth.

A U.S. U-20 international, de la Torre grew up playing alongside Christian Pulisic in the youth national teams.

U.S. U-20s awaken in 2nd half vs. Haiti, keep WCQ hopes alive

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With many thanks to the hat trick scored by Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake, on loan from Liverpool), the U.S. U-20 national team’s hopes of qualifying for the 2017 U-20 World Cup remain intact.

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After dropping all three points in their opening group-stage game against Panama on Saturday, Tab Ramos’ young Yanks faced elimination from CONCACAF’s U-20 Championship in Costa Rica with a defeat to Haiti on Tuesday. After 15 minutes, the Americans found themselves a goal down, the prospect of winning zero points from their first two games a terrifying possibility.

Then, Lennon struck from the penalty spot. A draw wouldn’t be enough, realistically, though, as they’d still trail Haiti by three points ahead of the final group game, against Saint Kitts and Nevis, with the top two sides from each team advancing to the classification stage.

The score remained 1-1 until halftime, after which point the Yanks roared to life with three goals in a seven-minute span. Luca de la Torre (Fulham) scored the first of the bunch, an empty-net finish after a failed punch by the goalkeeper. Lennon quickly followed suit with two more to make it 4-1.

With three points from two games and a goal differential that now sits at +2, the Yanks are second in Group B, just ahead of Haiti on goal differential (+1). Panama sit atop the group with six points and a +5 goal differential. A U.S. victory over Saint Kitts and Nevis, to go with a Haitian upset of Panama, would see the Americans finish top of the group go into Group E in the classification stage, which would see them accompanied by a pair of second-place sides. The first-place side in each classification group qualifies for May’s tournament in South Korea.

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The newly-renamed EFL Cup, formerly the League Cup, rolls on Wednesday with four more matches ahead of the evening’s third-round draw.

American attacker Lynden Gooch starts for Sunderland, while Tim Ream starts for Fulham and Luca de la Torre is on the Cottagers’ bench. Emerson Hyndman is on the bench for Bournemouth.

Tuesday’s action saw Premier League sides West Brom and Watford excused from the tournament.

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Fulham vs. Middlesbrough
Morecambe vs. Bournemouth
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