Former TRU player lands professional tryout

Torres earns chance with Whitecaps organization

Oriol Torres celebrates while playing for TRU. After five years with the ‘Pack Torres is now playing for WFC2.

Oriol Torres celebrates while playing for TRU. After five years with the ‘Pack Torres is now playing for WFC2.

For five years Oriol Torres was an offensive dynamo for the TRU men’s soccer team, and now the man from Barcelona has his sights set on continuing his career at the professional level.

Attending an open tryout put on by Whitecaps Football Club 2 (WFC2), Torres was just one of many players that took to the field at Simon Fraser University, hoping to impress the coaches and earn a shot at making the team.

Torres was able to stand out from all the rest and was the only player offered a spot at the WFC2 training camp when the open was finished.

John Antulov, Torres’ coach for five years while he was with the ‘Pack, pointed out the fact that Torres is “a very technically gifted player,” as well as how well he has adapted to the more physical aspects of North American soccer as reasons for why Torres is such a strong player.

Oriol Torres shoots the ball during PACWEST action. The former member of the ‘Pack is in training camp with WFC2.

Oriol Torres shoots the ball during PACWEST action. The former member of the ‘Pack is in training camp with WFC2.

Now the hard work begins for Torres as he has a limited time in pre-season to prove to the coaches that he belongs with the team full-time and earn a professional contract.

WFC2 is the affiliate team of the Major League Soccer (MLS) team Vancouver Whitecaps. With the players on WFC2 being the first in line to be called up to the Whitecaps, a strong showing with the team could see Torres playing in the top soccer league in North America.

WFC2 plays in the United Soccer League (USL), the third tier of North American professional soccer. The league is primarily made up of other teams that are aligned with MLS organizations.

Antulov also feels as though the accomplishments of Torres reflect very well upon the WolfPack.

“It does wonders for our program. With Ryan Glanville being a Canada West all-star and Oriol getting this opportunity it shows we’ve got quality players and it does a lot for our program, showing players that if you come here it’s not just school but there’s an opportunity for you to go further in soccer as well,” Antulov said.