What were you doing at sixteen years old? LAFC Academy product Christian Torres has already turned professional and scored his first goal. Only a handful of players in the MLS can say they have done that. Not bad for a players still in High School. The Fontana native has earned his minutes for the Black and Gold as of late. Last night he became the youngest player to score for LAFC.
“I felt so many emotions,” Torres said about the goal after the match. “It was a crazy feeling. I’m also honored and thrilled to have scored my first MLS goal. … I’m still struck by it so not much to say.”
The youth to pro trend continues as the soccer landscape is seeing players make the leap more than in the past. The old adage that “if your old enough, you are good enough” is ringing true.
Playing as a teenager does not guarantee future success. The likes of Carlos Vela, Diego Rossi, Brian Hernandez are all first choice attackers. That means it is understandable that Christian isn’t a lock for future matches. But, the sixteen year old along with fellow Academy products Eric Duenas and Antonio Leone are gaining invaluable experience training with the first team regularly. It is still fair to give time and let the necessary development occur. Their experiences along side seasoned veterans will see them grow at a quicker rate than in the Academy. Though much work still to do, this particular occasion for Christian is a defining one that will always be remembered by his family, the LAFC Academy and their supporters.