During the official presentation of the Academy with his name, the Panamanian soccer player and defender Roman Torres spoke abot his expectations for the 2018 World Cup of Russia. After recovering from an injury suffered on April 29 with his team's uniform in the Major League Soccer, the Seattle Sounders, the Panamanian soccer player has already joined the National Team. "Reaching the World Cup is not our goal. We made a great effort to get there and we are working hard physically and mentally to make a good Cup," Torres told the media.
Last Friday, May 25, he joined the Panamanian team training at the Rommel Fernández stadium. Coach Hernán Dario Gómez included him in the squad list for the last match that the National Team will play on the canal land before the World Cup in Russia. "Right now, thanks God, I'm recovered, I’m now with the national team and let’s think about what's coming. I think it's important these matches that we're going to play against Ireland (Northern Ireland) and when we travel to play against Norway. The coach (Hernán Dario Gómez) is already going to see the scheme of working if he is going to play with five back or with four (of defense)."
The author of the goal that led Panama to the World Cup in Russia formally presented the Román Torres Football Academy that he has been promoting since 2017, with the support of private companies. It is an initiative that promotes the practice of football for children and adolescents at social risk. He has currently granted scholarships to 50 children from popular areas such as El Chorrillo, Curundú and Barraza, in Panama City. "It's open (the Academy); there are sub-5, sub-7, sub-9 and sub-11 categories. Since childhood we have to teach them many values," said the Panamanian football star who hopes that more than 100 children will benefit in the coming years.
Torres expressed his interest in further developing the project, "where children can have their bedroom, where they can study, where they can practice right there on their own field and we are working on that".