Chivas USA have bolstered their attack with the announcement on Wednesday that they have acquired of 20-year-old Mexican forward Erick "Cubo" Torres via loan from sister club CD Guadalajara.
Torres, who is currently training with the MLS club in Philadelphia, came up through Guadalajara’s youth system, making his professional debut as a 17-year-old in November 2010.
“Érick’s arrival is very important to Chivas USA as he will strengthen an area of the team that most needs it,” said head coach José Luis Real in a statement. “He’s a different and highly experienced player. He’s a young forward who made his debut at age 17 and who has always proven himself to be a player with a very bright future. Mentally he is very strong and positive, and that’s what we need in a center forward at Chivas.”
Torres was thrust into Guadalajara's starting XI in 2011 in the Clausura Tournament. He put in six goals in 15 regular-season games, helping lead the club to the semifinals. In the 2011 Apertura Tournament, Torres scored five goals in 12 matches. The 5-foot-11 striker also played with Guadalajara's first team in the 2013 Clausura Tournament, appearing in five games.
Internationally, Torres suited up with the Mexican national team in the U-20 World Cup.
“I’m very happy to be joining Chivas USA,” said Torres on his arrival to the club. “I’m very motivated to be here and to also have very good teammates. I’m coming to Chivas USA with the motivation to do things very well and to provide the team with everything I have.”
Chivas USA take on the Philadelphia Union on Friday (7:30 pm ET, MLS LIVE) although Torres' availabilty for the game is not certain, pending the arrival of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa.