Fulham attacking midfielder Luca de la Torre made his international debut for the United States as a late substitute in America’s 2-1 defeat by the Republic of Ireland in Dublin tonight.
The 20 year-old from San Diego was called up to a youthful squad for their summer friendlies by interim coach Dave Sarachan last week as the Americans begin their build up to the next World Cup, having narrowly missed on qualifying for this year’s tournament in Russia. De la Torre, who has made eight senior appearances at Craven Cottage since being handed his senior debut by Slavisa Jokanovic last season, replaced Utrecht’s Rubio Rubin with thirteen minutes left.
Ireland came from behind to win an entertaining friendly courtesy of a late winner from Alan Judge. Bobby Wood had put the visitors ahead at the Aviva Stadium before George Burke equalised for Martin O’Neill’s men. De la Torre could be line for a second game against France next weekend.