"Cubo" will remain in Los Angeles after all.
Chivas USA will retain their leading scorer for the remainder of 2014 and perhaps beyond, as the club on Tuesday announced it has extended its loan on Erick Torres from former parent club CD Guadalajara. The MLS team – which will be rebranded after this season – will then have an option to retain the Mexican striker.
Torres joined Chivas USA via loan from Guadalajara in July 2013 and made an immediate impact with the Rebaño Angelino. The 21-year-old has nine goals thus far in 2014 – putting him in third on the league scoring charts – and has amassed a total of 16 tallies in 29 appearances since joining the MLS club.
In his first MLS season, the Guadalajara product earned Chivas USA’s Golden Boot Award with seven tallies and was recognized as FutbolMLS.com's Latino de la Jornada (Latino Player of the Week) on two occasions. His superb bicycle kick in the Goats’ September road match at Vancouver earned “Cubo” a Goal of the Year nomination. (WATCH IT HERE)
A Chivas Guadalajara product, Torres made his professional debut with the Liga MX club in 2010 at the age of 17, recording 14 goals in nearly four seasons with the Rebaño Sagrado. In 2012, the young forward participated in the prestigious Copa Libertadores as well as the CONCACAF Champions League. Torres was also part of Guadalajara’s Under-20 team that was crowned champion in 2013.
On the international level, Torres was part of Mexico’s Under-20 national team in the 2011 U-20 World Cup, where the center forward helped lead El Tri to a historic third-place finish in Colombia.
Torres and Chivas USA now turn their attention to the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, as they travel to North Carolina to face the Carolina RailHawks on Saturday for a fourth-round matchup against the NASL side at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.