Antonio de la Torre
(born November 18, 1977 in Guadalajara
) is a Mexican-American soccer defender
, who recently played for the Atlanta Silverbacks
of the USL First Division
. De la Torre holds dual citizenship in Mexico and the United States
Before joining MLS, de la Torre played most of his career in Mexico's Primera A
, the second division. He played for Atlante
in the Primera Division.
He joined MLS for the 2004 season, signing with the Colorado Rapids
, However, near the end of the season, coach Tim Hankinson
grew tired of de la Torre's defensive failures, and benched him for the playoffs.
Following the end of the season, de la Torre was exposed for the 2004 MLS Expansion Draft
, where he was selected fifth overall by C.D. Chivas USA
, but was cut before the season. He signed with Atlanta soon after.
De la Torre's father, also Antonio
, played in Mexico during the 70's and 80's, and appeared for the Mexican national team
during the 1978 World Cup
. His uncle, "Chepo", was the head coach of CD Toluca
of the Primera División de México
and Mexican national team