Union Acquire Roger Torres' Contractual Rights From America de Cali

CHESTER, PA- APRIL 09: Roger Torres #8 of the Philadelphia Union celebrates his game winning goal past goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul #18 of the New York Red Bulls at PPL Park on April 9, 2011 in Chester, Pennsylvania. The Union won 1-0. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Union announced that they had purchased the contractual rights of Roger Torres from Colombian team America de Cali.

The 20-year-old has played with the Union on loan for the past two seasons, scoring three goals and assisting on eight more in 46 games played (1889 minutes).

"We're very happy to keep Roger in Philadelphia and see the benefits of the investment we've made in him," said Union manager Peter Nowak to the team's official website. "Roger has shown the ability to be a valuable playmaker and we look forward to helping him continue his development."

Torres' contract with Cali most likely became more easily available for a permanent transfer when the storied Colombian club was relegated. Cali were already carrying debts of around $2 million before moving down to the second division.

Earlier today, the Union officially revealed that they had traded star striker Sebastien Le Toux to the Western Conference's Vancouver Whitecaps. Philadelphia admitted that the two moves weren't completely coincidental on its website.

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