• Wednesday May 10, 2017

    Mexico’s Torres credits team for CU17 Golden Ball

    Jairo Torres (middle) is flanked by teammates Roberto de la Rosa (left) and Marco Ruiz (right) after Mexico won the 2017 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship on May 7, 2017, in Panama City, Panama. (Photo: Victor Straffon/Straffon Images)

    MEXICO CITY – His field awareness, movement, passing ability and knack for scoring earned Mexico’s Jairo Torres the Golden Ball award as the best player in the recently-completed CONCACAF Under-17 Championship.

    For all his talents, the 16-year-old midfielder is equally as skilled in crediting teammates for his personal success in Panama.

    "I am very happy because it is an achievement, but I would not have achieved it without the team because a player does not win the games alone and I am grateful to my team,” said the humble Torres, who made his Liga MX debut in a 1-0 loss at Jaguares de Chiapas on November 19, 2016. “I go quietly with my normal process and whatever comes next.”

    His performances were pivotal in Mexico’s run to a third consecutive CONCACAF crown, piloting an offense that produced a tournament-best 22 goals, including three of his own.

    Mexico’s next test is the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which will be played in India from October 6-28.

    "It was always a great challenge to match or improve what Mexico had done in previous tournaments,” Torres finished. “Mexico has always been a power in this category, already with two titles. Let's look for the best role to become world champions again."

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