Román Torres might not be a name many know at club level unless they have good knowledge of the MLS, but if you see a picture of the man, most England fans will recall his presence on the pitch in the 6-1 win over Panama in the 2018 World Cup.
While he has stayed on the American side of the Pacific throughout his career, he had the chance to get a move to England back in 2012 with Nottingham Forest.
The 33-year-old, who has 117 caps for his country (and counting), sat down with Pulso Sports Network, relayed by Somoslasele, and was asked about his brief time at City Ground.
He said: “Chepo (a club in Panama) were the owners of my transfer, and Equidad bought 80% of me. The owner of Chepo is English, he had a few contacts in England and that’s how I had the opportunity to go to Nottingham Forest to have a trial.
“So I went to England, had the trial, but they didn’t reach an agreement with Equidad and so it didn’t happen. However, it was a really good experience, to have the personality to do the trial, because there was a club in Peru that wanted me but I decided to do the trial”.
Torres went on to say that he believes things happen for a reason, and it seems he’s fine with the fact a move to Nottingham Forest just wasn’t to be.
Soon after, he was purchased by Millonarios, where he stayed for three years before moving to the MLS with Sounders FC.
He is currently on loan from them to Tacoma Defiance in the USA’s second-tier, the USLC.