Juan Pablo Torres at KSC Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen (Belgium)

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    Juan Torres in Belgium
     
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  4. LandonDonovan2018

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    This just became official today as 99' Juan Torres turns 18. The Midfielder has signed a 3-year deal which runs through 2020 with an option for a year extension to 2021. This comes after going on trial with them in April and sticking around to play in a couple practice matches. He has plenty U16 and U18 appearances under his belt so far and of course is still eligible for the next U20 cycle.

    Official confirmation:



    Here's his first interview with the club:

     
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    Looks like he is available for selection for tomorrow's match:

     
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    Had to look far and wide, but there is a stream to the game. Going to be keeping an eye on it to see if he makes his debut today. Fingers crossed.
     
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    Getting ready to make his debut!

    Only a few minutes left, his side is up 3-0!
     
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    Thats pretty good. He just turned 18, and regularly makes the bench in a good league, got his debut. I figure he might play a part for the U-20's the upcoming cycle.
     
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    Any way we can get this moved to the YA section?
     
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    Youngest player on the roster by almost a year. 1 of only 5 teenagers on the team (3 Belgians, 1 Moroccan).
     
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    And reached the playoffs at least once in the last 6-7 years IIRC. It's a shrewd move IMO. The Belgian first division is a good standard and Lokeren aren't a wealthy club, so they won't be buying in talent to solve their problems. The squad is nothing special , but there are a lot of hard-bitten journeymen who've been at several rodeos so he'll definitely have to fight for his place, but a young player with talent and the right attitude can expect to get PT. Play well and the scouts will start filing reports.

    One to keep an eye on,
     
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    Yes, ti sort of reminds me of Gooch's move to Metz and then Standard Liege. Could be a good way to get seen while getting some steady playing time. Glad to hear he made his first appearance.
     
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  22. kba4life1

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    Are there minimum pay requirements for non EU folks in Belgium like there is in the Netherlands?
     
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    That's pretty fast from signing to playing reserves to bench to getting in a game. If he succeeds and moves on to bigger and better things other players and their agents may encourage young Americans to give this route a try. Belgium and Portugal seem like ideal situations for kids trying to get on the field soonish.
     
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  24. The Irish Rover

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    Nope. And not likely to be.

    The Belgian league is kept afloat financially by being a back door to Europe (signing cheap non-EU talent themselves, third-party entities letting them "sign" their players, clubs from bigger leagues forming partnerships (Man U with Antwerp, Arsenal with Beveren and Chelsea with Sint Truiden) or simply buying clubs (PSG with Eupen, Leicester with Leuven) and the cost of adjusting would be horrendous for every team that's not called Anderlecht, Club Brugge, Standard Liege, Gent or Ghenk.

    Those five completely dominate the league and have the resources to be serious promotion contenders or better in BL2. The rest aren't much bigger than BL3 sides, if they're not actually smaller.
     

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