Antonio de la Torre
|Full name||Antonio de la Torre|
|Date of birth||November 18, 1977|
|Place of birth||Guadalajara, Mexico|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Current club||Floriana F.C.|
Antonio de la Torre (born November 18, 1977 in Guadalajara, Mexico) 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.
He joined MLS for the 2004 season, signing with the Colorado Rapids, and immediately impressed with his offensive abilities. Unlike most American defenders, de la Torre was a danger going forward from his right back position, and finished the season with five assists in 28 starts. 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 current coach.
- Antonio de la Torre stats at Medio Tiempo.com (Spanish)
- "Rapids Sign Mexican Standout Antonio de la Torre". Major League Soccer. 2004-03-22.
- Pearce, Alan (2004-08-07). "RAPIDS PLAYER IS TALK OF MLS DE LA TORRE SEEN AS CHIVAS NATURAL". Rocky Mountain News.