Those who are following MLS this season are well aware of Erick “Cubo” Torres‘ talent as a striker. The 21-year-old is on loan to Chivas USA from former brother-club Chivas Guadalajara, and it might be the single best loan Chivas USA have ever acquired. Torres was rumored to rejoin Chivas Guadalajara in June because of MLS‘s purchase of the club, but he opted to stay and Chivas Guadalajara let him. The big news came in August when Mexican National Team coach Miguel Herrera decided to call Torres up to the first team. This was great news for the player and the league as well.
Torres actually thanked MLS, because he felt the league’s player development was a big part of why he was called up for the national team. He has spent time with Mexico’s U17, U20 and U23, but this will be his debut with the national team. Mexico put up quite the fight during the World Cup, and they will only be stronger with a player like Torres in the lineup. He’s an impeccable striker even with a club that is not quite up to par with his talent.
Torres is the player who has given Chivas USA a fighting chance even though the club remains at the bottom of the Western Conference table. The club started the season off strong because of him, but they were unable to keep the momentum going. This, however, did not stop Torres from becoming a top scorer in the league. He is currently in third place with 14 goals, and to top it off he is now the all-time Mexican-born leading goal scorer in MLS with 17 goals. He is a force that cannot be stopped and will only get better with time.
Torres is a year younger than Neymar Jr, and although he is not on that level quite yet, I can see the young player getting there. Leaving Liga MX for MLS was a good choice, because it gave him more playing time. It was bad luck that the rest of the club couldn’t quite hold its own, but Torres was still able to shine regardless of his club’s standings.
Now, Herrera has given him an opportunity to play amongst Mexico’s best. He will play in two friendlies, and if he is able to keep scoring goals among the best international players, he will be well on his way to stardom.