Now that it’s all said and done, you have to admit the pieces really fall into place.
Erick “Cubo” Torres is an explosive young talent, proven in Major League Soccer but lacking a team after Chivas USA disintegrated. The Houston Dynamo are a stable franchise that needed to inject some life into a strike force that leaned a bit too heavily on Will Bruin and Giles Barnes.
New manager Owen Coyle is promising exciting football in Houston, a city that is 40-plus percent Hispanic. MLS pays $7.5 million for Torres who, after a six-month loan stint to Guadalajara, stays extremely marketable for the league.
No wonder Dynamo president Chris Canetti says signing Torres “checks all the boxes”.
“I’m extremely excited to be joining the Houston Dynamo. It’s one of the premier clubs in MLS and a place where I really wanted to sign,” Torres said in a club statement. “I can’t wait to join my teammates in Houston and continue their success on the field.”
Torres will join the Dynamo after a six-month loan to Chivas Guadalajara that was negotiated as part of the transfer deal. The loan will see Torres spend “up to six months” in Liga MX, according to the team release.
Houston missed the playoffs by 10 points in the Eastern Conference, and certainly needed to make amends for a woeful attack unit that scored the fourth-fewest goals in Major League Soccer.
— Torres scored 15 goals in 29 games this season, while Houston forwards Will Bruin (10), Omar Cummings (3) and Mark Sherrod (2) combined for 15 (Barnes had a team-high 11).
— Torres took 95 shots last season, a pace that would’ve put him in a race with Barnes to lead the Dynamo.
— Torres turns 22 on Jan. 19.
Houston could be sneaky good next year, even in a new, tougher West.