Longview native named to World Cup team

By Ryan Peterson - bio | email

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Longview's Jose Torres was joined by Nacogdoches native Clint Dempsey on the United State's final 23 man World Cup roster.  Just six years ago, Torres was playing soccer in Longview under coach James Wright.

Torres left Longview at 16 years of age to play pro soccer in Mexico.  It paid off as now he'll get to live out his dream.   Former coaches and family are excited to see him on soccer's biggest stage.

"I'm very proud of him," said his brother Gurllermo Torres.  "All of my family is. This has been a dream of his since he was young."

"I think what shows the size of it is that no other athlete from Longview high school has ever represented his country before," said Wright.  "I think for him to be selected from such a vast number of players in this country just speaks volumes for him."

Now things get really busy.  On Thursday morning, Torres will be with the U.S. team at the White House to receive personal congratulations from President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton.  The team plays a friendly Saturday against Turkey in Philadelphia, before leaving for South Africa.

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