RICH FIDLER - Monday, November 16, 2009
US Soccer announced late Sunday night that midfidler José Francisco Torres has been removed from the roster for the friendly against Denmark on Wednesday evening for personal reasons.

The 22-year old, who was set to join the team following a match over the weekend, will leave the United States with a roster of 19 players to face the Danes in the home stadium of American midfielder Benny Feilhaber.

Torres started and played the first half as Pachuca and Tigres finished knotted at 1-1 in their final game of the Apertura. The diminutive Longview, Texas native has seen limited action for the US since announcing his decision to represent the US in October 2008.

On the other hand, Tigres defender Edgar Castillo has indeed flown to Denmark and will don the Red, White and Blue for the first time since FIFA approved his "one-time" switch.
Monday November 23, 2009 3:16 pm
Torres is by far and away the finest ball handler and creative distributor that I have seen since Tab Ramos. Yet he does not seem to get a full shot at succeeding while others get continued chances NOT to fail.
Renzo Barbera
Wednesday November 18, 2009 9:54 am
while i don't always like his posture on the field and his T.O. like reactions at not getting the ball when "he's open," his strengths are the exact attributes the US lacks in the midfield and i still can't figure out why he has not gotten a proper chance to maintain a legit role on the team, if not a starter.
Wednesday November 18, 2009 8:44 am
I believe if it is for personal reasons, it may be for the death of Dinegris in mexico.......
Monday November 16, 2009 10:04 pm
I wonder if this is a strategic move on his part to avoid getting paired up in a rag-tag midfield and then have the poor showing reflect on his relatively think USMNT resume.

I know that's cynical. I would have loved to see him on the same field with Feilhaber, Bradley, Holden, and Castillo
aaron (rochester rhinos fan)
Monday November 16, 2009 8:45 pm
i hope he is ok. this guy is great and we truly need him in there this summer.

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