Torres out with hamstring injury

Pachuca coach Guillermo Rivarola says American midfielder Jose

Francisco Torres has an injured right hamstring and could be

sidelined for a few weeks.

Torres sustained the injury against Queretaro in the second

round of league matches, but the strain took its toll last weekend

and forced the U.S. national player to come out during the second

half against Atlante.

Rivarola told reporters on Thursday that the player, known as

“El Gringo,” will be missed, particularly because his play at

midfield has been improving. Torres was on the roster for the last

two U.S. World Cup qualifies and is expected to be in the mix for a

spot on the U.S. team for this year’s tournament in South

Africa.