Gerardo Torrado

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Torrado and the second or maternal family name is Díez de Bonilla.
Gerardo Torrado
Gerardo Torrado.jpg
Torrado playing for Mexico at the 2010 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Gerardo Torrado Díez de Bonilla
Date of birth (1979-04-30) 30 April 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Mexico City, Mexico
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Indy Eleven
Number 3
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 UNAM Pumas 44 (1)
2000–2001 Tenerife 36 (1)
2001–2002 Poli Ejido 32 (0)
2002–2004 Sevilla 40 (0)
2004–2005 Racing Santander 19 (0)
2005–2016 Cruz Azul 325 (12)
2016– Indy Eleven 17 (0)
National team
1999 Mexico U20 5 (0)
1999–2013 Mexico 146 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 July 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 April 2014

Gerardo Torrado Díez de Bonilla (born 30 April 1979) is a Mexican footballer who plays for Indy Eleven. He is known as "El borrego" ("The Sheep") for his bushy hair. His style of playing is commonly known to be rough in the field but with good recovery of the ball and effective passing abilities.

He was capped for the Mexico national football team 146 times, making him the joint-second highest appearance maker for El Tri after Claudio Suárez. He represented the nation at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups and has won three CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments.[1]

He spent the majority of his club career with Cruz Azul, whom he captained to CONCACAF Champions League success in 2014.[2]

Club career[edit]

Born in Mexico City, Torrado began his career with UNAM in 1997. After a few years playing in Spain, he became a Cruz Azul player in 2005, débuting against Monarcas Morelia where he scored the two goals in the 2–0 win for Cruz Azul. He rapidly emerged as one of the most important players in the squad. An aggressive midfielder, Torrado has gotten many red and yellow cards in his career. He has captained the team since 2006, and has led the team to three league finals and a CONCACAF Champions League final in 2009, and on April 26, 2014 he became CONCACAF champion for the first time in his career with Cruz Azul.


After débuting for UNAM in 1997, Torrado was bought three years later by Spanish club CD Tenerife where he played almost the whole season. The following year he was transferred to Poli Ejido. He caught the eye of Spanish club Sevilla where he had success[clarification needed] in his first season but an injury left him out for almost a full season. He was then transferred to Racing de Santander. He did not have much chance to play because of his reported differences with the coach. He was eventually forced to return to Mexico.

Indy Eleven[edit]

On 8 June 2016, Torrado signed for NASL side Indy Eleven,[3] extending his contract for the 2017 season on 26 January 2017.[4]

International career[edit]

Torrado made an impact when he represented Mexico at the 1999 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which put the spotlight on him as a potential national team player. Ever since his début in a friendly match against Argentina, he has become a mainstay in the national team. Torrado has participated in almost every competition that Mexico has qualified for in the last 11 years, including three FIFA World Cups. He's been secure in central midfield and has not yet been replaced by another player. Torrado scored his first goal for Mexico in the 1999 Copa América against Peru, scoring with a stunning long-range shot in stoppage time which saved the game for Mexico. His goal ensured that the match ended 3–3 and Mexico then went on to win on penalties. Torrado has been in the Mexico squads for the 2002, 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup and was vice-captain for the 2010 tournament in South Africa, playing in all four of Mexico's matches as they were eliminated in the Round of 16 after losing 3–1 to Argentina.



Cruz Azul



International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Mexico's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 July 1999 Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay  Peru 3–3 4–2 (p.s.o.) 1999 Copa América
2. 9 June 2002 Miyagi Stadium, Rifu, Japan  Ecuador 2–1 2–1 2002 FIFA World Cup
3. 2 June 2007 Estadio Alfonso Lastras, San Luis Potosí, Mexico  Iran 4–0 4–0 Friendly
4. 8 July 2007 Estadio Monumental de Maturín, Maturín, Venezuela  Paraguay 2–0 6–0 2007 Copa América
5. 12 July 2009 University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, United States  Guadeloupe 1–0 2–0 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup
6. 26 July 2009 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, United States  United States 1–0 5–0 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup


  1. ^ "Gerardo Torrado signs with NASL's Indy Eleven". 8 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Toluca 1-1 Cruz Azul (CONCACAF Champions League final 2013/14)". FIFA. 24 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "TORRADO BRINGS VAST EXPERIENCE TO ELEVEN". Indy Eleven. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "GERARDO TORRADO BACK IN BLUE, TOO". Indy Eleven. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 

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