ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) — With the MLS playoffs currently underway and Orlando City out of the picture, offseason signings have started to pick up traction. One name that continues to circulate around the MLS ranks is Facundo Torres.
Player Spotlight: Facundo Torres
Torres, the 21-year-old Uruguayan playmaker, has garnered a lot of reported interest since his breakout campaign in 2020. Although he suffered a few limited injuries in the 2021 campaign, he managed to score more goals and assists with fewer games played. These stats have made him an impact player at his native club C.A. Peñarol.
His efforts in their last campaign massively helped them achieve a domestic title in the closing tournament of the season. The Uruguayan starlet also enjoyed his first international caps for Uruguay this summer. He debuted in June 2021 (after COVID delays) where he subbed onto the pitch against Paraguay.
But what do these qualities mean for Orlando City? With the departure of Chris Mueller to the Scottish Premiership, Orlando is in desperate need of a crafty winger who can create opportunities on the ball, something Orlando City fundamentally lacked this past season. Despite having solid stops at the back, the inability to develop play forward and generate consistent offense cost Orlando City precious points during this campaign.
With the addition of Facundo Torres, some of these problems can be mitigated. Torres is a speedy left-footed winger who is just as capable of slicing in a dangerous cross as he is bringing the ball into midfield himself and disrupting defensive lines. His selfishness on the ball makes him a threat for assists as much as he is a threat for goal. With improved finishing and confidence in the coming years, Torres has the capability to take the MLS by storm, in a similar fashion to Diego Rossi or Nicolas Lodeiro–two massive MLS success stories who also come from Facundo Torres’ native country of Uruguay.
Despite the rumored interest, the Facundo Torres move is not a done deal. As of this morning, The Mane Land reported that Torres’ agent is currently in Europe right now scouting for offers that match or exceed Orlando’s valuation. Torres has garnered interest from clubs across Brazil, Italy, and Spain. Even Inter Milan made an inquiry into his services back in June, but the Uruguayan opted to stay and finish out the year with his boyhood club. Signing Torres would enable Orlando City to use him as a U22 slot player, which allows for more international players on the team outside of those already on payroll (Nani, Pereyra, Antonio Carlos).
Nicolas Vera is a sports writer for Florida National News. | email@example.com