Erick “Cubo” Torres is officially back in Major League Soccer, as the Mexican international striker’s six-month loan to Chivas de Guadalajara has concluded and the the 22-year-old arrived in Houston and joined up with his new Dynamo teammates on Thursday.
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Torres, who prior to his Guadalajara loan played two season for now-defunct MLS franchise Chivas USA (22 goals in 44 games), will travel with his new team to Salt Lake City for a league game against Real Salt Lake this weekend, but is not expected to play. He will likely make his Dynamo debut next Tuesday in a US Open Cup quarterfinal matchup with Sporting Kansas City. Torres will make his league debut the following Saturday, at home against the defending MLS Cup champions, LA Galaxy.
In April, Torres was accused of an alleged sexual assault in Guadalajara, but has since been cleared or any wrongdoing upon an investigation by local officials. MLS announced in a statement on Thursday that they conducted an investigation of their own prior to his arrival in Houston, through which he was also cleared of wrongdoing and officially cleared to play.
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MLS statement on Torres, from MLSsoccer.com:
After several months of conducting a criminal investigation, the District Attorney for Guadalajara issued an official ruling on June 19, 2015, stating that the evidence uncovered during its investigation cleared Mr. Torres of any criminal wrongdoing. As a result, the District Attorney recommended that the investigation be closed.
In accordance with Mexican law, the Attorney General for the State of Jalisco performed a detailed analysis of the evidence and information collected during the investigation for the purpose of approving or rejecting the District Attorney’s recommendation. After concluding its review on July 3, 2015, the Attorney General approved the District Attorney’s recommendation to close the investigation. The Attorney General noted in a 43-page report that the collective evidence in this matter warranted dismissal of any possible charges against Mr. Torres.
Major League Soccer has a zero tolerance policy on domestic violence and sexual assault and will continue to monitor any potential developments in the legal proceedings in Mexico. To the extent any additional informational or evidence is presented, the League is prepared to evaluate that information and take necessary action as the situation warrants.
Torres joins a Dynamo side that finds itself currently in eighth place in the Western Conference, two places and six points out of the sixth and final playoff place. Will Bruin (8) and Giles Barnes (6) lead the Dynamo in goals scored thus far in 2015. With 24 goals conceded, the Dynamo defense is currently second-worst in the West.
Torres was allocated to the Dynamo in December upon the league paying his transfer fee and La Naranja being the only interested party willing to meet the contract terms agreed upon between Torres and the league.