Torres Set To Play In Upcoming Friendlies, Other Press Conference News

CHESTER, PA - MAY 21: Roger Torres #8 of the Philadelphia Union drives the ball up field as Logan Pause #12 of the Chicago Fire movevs in during the second half of an MLS soccer game May 21, 2011 at PPL Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania. The Union won 2-1.( Photo by Chris Gardner / Getty Images)

The upcoming Reading United AC and Harrisburg City Islanders friendlies will provide Roger Torres with two games to begin to get back into match fitness.

Philadelphia Union head coach Peter Nowak said at today's press conference that Torres was nearly back to full strength after training with the team.

"For 10 days, he's working to come back," Nowak said to the media. "He's not feeling any kind of pain. He's striking the ball very well."

Torres apparently told Kerith Gabriel, of the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com, at the Rochester Rhinos US Open Cup game that he would return from injury to play on Saturday in Reading.

  • "It wasn't Danny's fault," Nowak said about the trade.
  • Nowak expects Jorge Perlaza to continue to shoot on the Union. The Colombian striker has yet to score this year.
  • Perlaza will be used to spread the opposing defense. He will "stretch the field," something Nowak believed Mwanga did not do.
  • The head coach also noted that people have complained that the team was not shooting. The Union have stayed in the basement of MLS in terms of shoots overall and per game for most of the year.
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