Keaton Parks, Juan Pablo Torres will make long-awaited starts for NYCFC in U.S. Open Cup
After Monday’s training session at St. John’s University, City head coach Dome Torrent revealed that Parks and Torres will be in the starting XI on Wednesday against USL side North Carolina FC in the U.S. Open Cup.
“When I arrived here I was hoping to play more,” the 19-year old Torres said. “I think I had a good preseason so I was hoping towards the beginning of the season I would get more minutes and be able to help the team.”
“It can be difficult sometimes – its hard to keep your mind right,” the 21-year old said. “Me and JP have a lot of experience in professional soccer already at a young age so we’re kind of used to it. We work hard everyday until our opportunity comes.”
“I’ve had to play sometimes in training with Joe Scally being injured and the coaches talk to me about playing that position,” Torres said. “I’ve never played fullback at any competitive level – I’ve only played midfield. But I won’t use that as an excuse.”
“I felt really good,” Parks said. “I got on the ball a lot and I thought I was getting into the attack and getting into the defense well. I was involved a lot. I felt good and it felt good to get the win.”
“I enjoy playing this game – I’m in a good position,” said Torres, who had four goals in U.S. U-20 World Cup qualification but was not selected to the squad that was eliminated in the quarterfinals. “Not a lot of kids have this opportunity to play soccer as a job. I really hold that to my heart and every day I step on the field I use it as another opportunity to show myself.”