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BRENT LATHAM - Friday, June 12, 2009
Jose Francisco Torres, having just completed a successful campaign with Mexican club team Pachuca, is satisfied with his progress this year for both club and country.

Despite flirting with the idea of playing for Mexico, Torres says turning out for the American national team has been a lifelong aspiration for him, which has now become a reality.

"I've always looked forward, since I was a kid, being in the national team," Torres said after a practice leading up to the opening match of the Confederations Cup. "Now I'm in an important tournament, and I'm living my dreams."

The Texas native is also pleased with his progress at club team Pachuca, where he broke into the starting lineup and became a regular in this season's Clausura tournament under now-former coach Enrique Meza.

"We did a good job," Torres says of his club team. "Most of the season I got to play, and I was real happy with the coach that gave me the chance. Now I'm on the national team and I've got to work twice as hard to try to win my spot."

Pachuca finished runners up to Pumas in this years playoff tournament, after posting the league's best record in the regular season.

Torres, among the younger members of the national team, says moving to Mexico after high school helped him develop his game more quickly.

"I think moving to Mexico helped me a lot in the long run," he says of passing up college to turn pro. "Now I'm moving to the national team and trying to do my best."

The diminutive midfielder has been joined at Pachuca by his brother, Guillermo, who signed a youth contract with the Nuevo Hidalgo side after graduating high school in Texas earlier this year.

"He's with the youth team now and he's moving his way up little by little," the elder Torres says of his little brother. "He's giving it a shot with the national team too."

The younger Torres was called in by Under-20 national team coach Thomas Rongen to a recent camp leading up to the U-20 World Cup this fall.

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