Once the dust settled on the Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres sweepstakes, the Houston Dynamo looked like a massive winner.
In their corner stood a young, dynamic, Mexican striker who managed 22 goals in 44 MLS matches on a dysfunctional Chivas USA side with an off-field presence as turbulent as its on-field record.
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But Torres hasn’t succeeded at all in Houston, and multiple reports say the Designated Player is off to Cruz Azul on loan for the rest of the year. If it goes well, Los Cementeros can buy the 23-year-old.
“After careful consideration as a club, and following discussions with Erick, we feel at this time he will benefit from a fresh environment going on loan with Cruz Azul,” Dynamo VP/general manager Matt Jordan said. “We will be monitoring his progress and wish him well while away on loan.”
Once a powerhouse, Houston has struggled to do much over the past few seasons and has had little production from strikers (Usual double-digit man Will Bruin has four goals this season, Andrew Wenger five).