New York City FC has signed Georgia native Juan Pablo Torres to a multi-year contract, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.
Most recently with KSC Lokeren of the Belgian First Division A, the 19-year-old American from Lilburn, Ga., signed with Lokeren in 2017. He played his youth soccer with Georgia United. During his time in Belgium, Torres featured twice for the Lokeren’s first team.
“I am extremely happy to come back home and join New York City FC,” he said. “Signing for NYCFC is a special moment for my family and I’m looking forward to joining this ambitious Club to take the next step in my career.
Torres has been a part of the United States National Team youth program at multiple levels since his inclusion in the U-14 national camp in 2012.
Most recently, Torres helped secure a World Cup qualification for the U.S. U-20 National Team this past November. He captained the side in the group stage against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. His four goals and three assists helped the U.S. win the 2018 CONCACAF U20 Championship.
“In Juan Pablo, we’re adding a dynamic midfielder who is extremely versatile and comes to us at an exciting time in his career,” said Claudio Reyna, NYCFC,’s Sporting Director. “He’s had tremendous success in the U.S. youth national team setup and with the U-20 World Cup ahead of him, he’s ready to come in and prove himself.”
Reyna added, “It’s important for our club to continue to develop and sign young, American players with an eye towards the future.”
City’s latest signing is expected to add more versatility and depth to Head Coach Domènec Torrent’s middle third in 2019.
“Juan Pablo is a young, American midfielder with an amazing opportunity to come back to his home country and play for our club,” the head coach said. “He’ll be fighting for first-team minutes, which will present an exciting challenge for him as he is entering a crucial time in his development.”
Torres is the third United States National Team program player to sign for NYCFC this offseason, following Keaton Parks’ loan from Benfica and Justin Haak, who became the club’s third Homegrown signing.