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Comparing Facundo Torres to Other Big MLS Signings

Christopher Adams
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - APRIL 29: Facundo Torres of Peñaraol fights for the ball with Rómulo Otero of Corinthians during a match between Corinthians and Peñarol as part of Group E of Copa CONMEBOL Sudamericana 2021 at Arena Corinthians on April 29, 2021 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - APRIL 29: Facundo Torres of Peñaraol fights for the ball with Rómulo Otero of Corinthians during a match between Corinthians and Peñarol as part of Group E of Copa CONMEBOL Sudamericana 2021 at Arena Corinthians on April 29, 2021 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images) /
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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – MAY 16: Diego Rossi #9 of Los Angeles FC reacts during the first half against the Seattle Sounders at Lumen Field on May 16, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – MAY 16: Diego Rossi #9 of Los Angeles FC reacts during the first half against the Seattle Sounders at Lumen Field on May 16, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

Diego Rossi

2017 Stats

43 Games

11 Goals

11 Assists

The closest comparison to Torres’s pre-MLS numbers is former LAFC star Diego Rossi, who has an incredibly resume to Orlando’s new star. Rossi also came through with Peñarol and was about a 10/10 performer playing heavy minutes for the Uruguayan champions. They’re not the same type of player, but from a resume and productions standpoint, the similarities are striking.

Rossi was an elite MLS winger, playing the perfect Robin to Carlos Vela’s Batman for LAFC. He was constantly around that 10/10 mark in MLS and became a high-level goal scorer with 16 goals in 2019 and a golden boot-winning 2020 seasons. He was loaned to Turkish giants Fenerbache last summer and has played fairly well in Turkey.

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