Jose Torres isn’t only about passing and possession. The U.S. national team midfielder demonstrated that emphatically on Tuesday night, scoring a magnificent long-range goal for UANL Tigres in a 3-2 Copa MX loss to Santos Laguna.
Unfortunately for Torres, Tigres was trailing by three goals after just 35 minutes. The Texan pulled one back in the 41st, hammering a shot from beyond the left corner of the penalty area that left Santos goalkeeper Julio González with little chance.
The defeat at Santos’ Estadio Corona didn’t damage Tigres’ Copa prospects. Torres’ club already had clinched first place in its four-team group and, at 3-2-1, it will move on to the quarterfinals. The Copa MX was revived in 2012 after a 15-year hiatus and, like the league, is staged semi-annually.
The goal may have been meaningless in the standings but it surely meant something for Torres, who has seen his place on U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s depth chart slip. The return of Landon Donovan and the emergence of Alejandro Bedoya, Mikkel Diskerud and others has left Torres on the fringes of the World Cup picture.
His only national team action since starting the September 2012 qualifying victory over Jamaica came during this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup (and a preparatory friendly). Torres was an emergency call-up for the qualifier against Mexico two weeks ago but he didn’t see the field.
Tuesday’s goal was Torres’ first of 2013. He has started eight of Tigres’ 10 Liga MX matches this season.
Here’s a look at Gringo’s golazo: