When Chivas de Guadalajara loaned emerging, exciting young striker Erick “Cubo” Torres to little Chivas north of the border (Chivas USA, that is), we all suspected the big club was just spinning the wheel here, hoping it landed in a good place, figuring to engender a bit of good wheel as the predictable disaster of a season unfolded for the MLS club in Los Angeles.
Truly, did anyone expect game-breaking stuff from the 20-year-old forward?
Because that’s what they are getting, and at a generous clip right now. Torres just provided his second consecutive two-goal game for the Goats. And in high style, too!
Torres’ two early goals were enough for Chivas to grab a 2-2 draw with Vancouver, which was surely counting on all three points at home against the Western Conference doormat.
Instead, the Whitecaps needed a late goal to draw dramatically.
Torres’ first goal was a splashy bicycle kick goal, sneaking one under the crossbar against a stranded and helpless David Ousted.
Chivas USA has gotten so little joy out of 2013, especially not since March. (How easily we were all fooled as the Goats season started with such stunning success.) Thanks to Torres, the fans have a little more reason to tune in down the stretch, as Jose Luis Real’s side goes on a two-month “spoiler” tour of Major League Soccer.
Torres will now officially be leading the way, along with former U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra and able, 2012 MLS All-Star goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.
Here is Torres’ bicycle kick goal from Sunday: