US midfielder Jose Francisco Torres believes it is a blessing in disguise that his name was left off of the Gold Cup roster.
Although Torres did not see any playing time during the US' run to the finals of the Confederations Cup, the Pachuca man is glad to finally have some vacation time on his hands.
"I've worked and played the last year and a half without any rest," Torres told YA on Sunday. "The truth is that I want to go to the Gold Cup, but my body cannot. I really need to spend some time recuperating and resting."
The native of Longview, Texas was an integral part of the Tuzos' run to the Mexican Clausura finals and has recently been linked with a move to Spanish club Deportivo de la Coruna.
However, for the moment, Torres notes that he plans to return to Mexico to rest and then start preparing for this fall's Apertura season.
"I'll return to Pachuca after spending some time resting to get ready for the season," added the diminutive midfielder.
Torres joined up with the US national team shortly after Pachuca's defeat in the Clausura finals against Pumas. 'El Gringo' then went on to start the June 3rd loss versus Costa Rica, but was substituted out at halftime and has not seen the field since.
Despite his own lack of playing time for head coach Bob Bradley's squad, 'El Gringo' was still thrilled to see his teammates make such an exciting run to the finals.
"I think we played a really good game but at the end, just couldn't get the result we wanted," Torres summed up.