Parks & Torres Hoping for Open Cup Opportunity
With the match fast approaching, all eyes are on players like Justin Haak, who made his MLS debut against FC Cincinnati, Keaton Parks, Daniel Bedoya, and Juan Pablo Torres, who could all get minutes for City in this matchup.
“I prepare every week like I’m going to play the game, just in case I have the opportunity to play,” Parks told reporters. “It can be difficult sometimes, it’s hard to keep your mind right, but me and JP, we have a lot of experience in professional soccer already at a young age so we’re kind of used to it. We work hard every day, it’s just when the opportunity comes.”
“The Open Cup is a good opportunity for coach to rotate players and get the guys that haven’t played so much to get some minutes,” Torres said. "I think you have to go into it trying to work hard, play well, and really show yourselves that when the next MLS game comes around you can play.”
“You have to be really patient sometimes and train hard every week, but at the end of the day the coach is the one that makes the decisions. You have to respect his decisions and wait for your chance, but you just have to take it one week at a time and not put your head down. Never give up, I think that’s the point, never give up,” Torres told reporters.
“At the end of the day you have to step onto the field in whatever position the coach gives you and try to do your best, even if you have to play out of position,” Torres continued. “You have to go out there and it’s not an excuse, you have to perform because your team is counting on you.”
“I enjoy playing this game and I’m in a good position. Not a lot of kids have the opportunity to play soccer as a job so I really hold that to my heart. Everyday I step out on the field, I just use it as an opportunity to show myself,” Torres said. “I’m going to go out there on Wednesday to play well and to play to the best of my ability.”