In competition, it is important to realize that success is based on initiative. While much success relies on the chemistry of a team, it is vital for each person to play his or her role. Hopefully the addition of defender Javan Torre to the United States’ 2012 Marbella Cup roster will prove that one person can make a difference.The United States’ first game in this tournament is against Canada on Wednesday, October 10. Torre will be playing alongside notable names like Jose Villarreal, and hopefully he will take initiative and play to the defensive skill level he demonstrated as a defender on the La Galaxy’s U-17/18 academy team last season.Being on the U-20 team, Javan Torre and his teammates are proving a notable point: that it is becoming increasingly necessary for younger players in soccer to step up and take initiative. Long-time fan and US soccer enthusiast Mark Herlan noted that most players would be gaining valuable experience while competing with the small spattering of veterans (those over 23) allowed to compete in the 2012 Olympics. Javan Torre is still just 18, but he turns 19 on October 20. He is just about the average age of the players on the team, but this tournament will offer him some valuable experience in the realm of competitive soccer. It is expected that Torre will be an integral piece of the United States defense in the coming weeks, and, for the sake of US soccer, Torre will serve as a veteran to younger players in Rio in 2016.
State Univeristy of New York at Buffalo
Attended classes and completed programs at Harvard, Wharton, and Yale