Luca De La Torre’s self-belief has led to growing Celta Vigo, USMNT role

If you rewind back to 2020, you would see Luca De La Torre’s club and international career at a standstill, but after three years and a pair of permanent transfers, the 25-year-old looks like a completely different player.

De La Torre is currently part of his latest U.S. men’s national team camp as Gregg Berhalter’s squad prepares for a two-legged CONCACAF Nations League quarterfinal showdown with Trinidad & Tobago. The California native is navigating through his second season with La Liga side Celta Vigo, a club he helped avoid relegation from the Spanish top-flight last May.

After an impressive two-season run with Heracles Almelo in the Dutch Eredivisie, De La Torre moved to Spain, which helped him get back on the USMNT’s radar ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Now with 17 international caps and recent World Cup experience under his belt, De La Torre is ready for the next opportunity to grow with his USMNT teammates.

“Over these last 12 months you can see the dividends that are being paid in that he’s in La Liga, he’s a full-time starter, he’s playing under a great manager,” USMNT assistant coach B.J. Callaghan said Monday in a press conference.

“And he’s, for me, someone who’s grown tremendously, and we believe is a really valuable piece to our to our men’s national team,” he added.

De La Torre spent ample time in Fulham’s academy as a young player and made 14 combined appearances for the Cottagers over three years, but needed a new opportunity to truly test himself on a weekly basis. A free transfer to Heracles Almelo led to De La Torre making 69 combined appearances for the Dutch club before its eventual relegation in May 2022.

Since his arrival in Spain, De La Torre has logged over 2,000 minutes for Celta Vigo, playing against tougher competition each and every week. His long-term future with the club remains unknown, but De La Torre credited both Heracles and Celta Vigo for helping him get to…


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Author : Larry Henry Jr

Publish date : 2023-11-14 02:01:33

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