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L.A. signs developmental player Torres

Posted: Friday July 04, 2003 3:28 PM

CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Galaxy signed forward Arturo Torres, Loyola Marymount's all-time leading scorer, as a developmental player Thursday after Major League Soccer loaned forward Isaias Bardales Jr. to the Syracuse Salty Dogs of the A-League.

The Galaxy chose Torres as its 19th overall selection in the second round of January's MLS SuperDraft. He trained with the Galaxy during the preseason but broke a bone in his right foot.

Torres, 22, set school records in goals (46), assists (22) and points (114) in four seasons with Loyola Marymount.

He was eligible to play for the Galaxy in Friday night's game against the New England Revolution at The Home Depot Center and will accompany the team to South Korea next week for Peace Cup 2003.

"It means everything, I have been waiting for this all of my life," Torres said in a statement released by the team. "I'm very excited and just eager to play."

Bardales, 23, made just one appearance for the Galaxy this season, playing the final 21 minutes of a 1-1 overtime tie in the April 5 season opener at Columbus without taking a shot.

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