Well, the worst-kept secret of the past month has now been confirmed: Chivas USA have obtained Mexican forward Erick "Cubo" Torres on loan from Chivas de Guadalajara. Terms of the deal have not been publicly disclosed, although he is likely here for the rest of the MLS season, with an evaluation period to come after. He is now with Chivas USA in Philadelphia ahead of their game Friday against the Union, but it is as yet unclear if he will be available for that match.
Torres, 22, started his career off strongly, but has found his form lacking in recent seasons. Coming through the Chivas youth system, he made his full pro debut in 2010, and was at one point billed as "the next Chicharito." Of course, even Chicharito had struggles in his early career as well, so Torres could break out yet.
Torres has played under Jose Luis Real before, when the coach was in charge of the Guadalajara club, and arguably both saw their greatest club success together. After playing sparingly for the first team in the last Liga MX season, Cubo has not scored in league play since November 18, 2012, when he scored a consolation goal in the second leg of the Liguilla quarterfinals against Toluca, which Chivas lost 5-2 on aggregate.
He scored two goals in the 2012 Clausura, five goals in the 2011 Apertura, and six goals in the 2011 Clausura. As a result, the objective for Torres with Chivas USA will be to get back in the scoring column, and on a regular basis.
Torres is also a Mexican youth international, leading the line for El Tri at the 2011 U-20 World Cup, where they finished third. He also played for the U-23s in the Olympic Qualifying tournament in 2012, helping Mexico win the regional title, although he did not make the cut to play in the Olympics in London, where Mexico won the gold medal.
Chivas USA sits at the bottom of the standings in the Western Conference, quite far back from the rest of the pack, although three points in three games shows signs of life. Although they started out the season scoring freely, the Goats now sit second-bottom in MLS in team goals, with 16 in 18 games. Torres will surely get minutes with his new team, and if Chivas USA are to really get better in the second half of the season, he'll need to make an impact right away.
As I've maintained throughout regarding Torres, he is in a rut at the moment, but he has more potential than anybody else on the Goats' roster. If he can get in gear, it could turn into a mutually beneficial move for player and club.
Welcome aboard, Cubo!
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