Dynamo sign forward Erick Torres as designated player
The Houston Dynamo have signed forward Erick "Cubo" Torres as a designated player, the team announced Tuesday.
Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but according to ESPN.com, the contract is for five years.
As part of the transfer deal, Torres will be loaned back to Mexican club Chivas Guadalajara for the upcoming Liga MX Clausura season, which begins Jan. 9, for up to six months.
From the Dynamo's press release:
"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. “I can’t wait to join my teammates in Houston and continue their success on the field."
"We are delighted to sign a such a talented young player with the scope and potential to improve further,” Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle said. “For me, he is an outstanding player who does the toughest thing in soccer with ease, and that is to score goals. I look forward to working with him and helping to make him even better."
Torres, 21, made his MLS debut for Chivas USA on loan from Guadalajara in July 2013. He scored 15 goals in 29 games in 2014, a Chivas USA club record, and has scored 22 goals in 44 total MLS appearances, the most by a Mexican-born player in MLS history.
Torres has also made three appearances for the Mexican national team, scoring his first goal for the team in an October friendly against Panama.
The Dynamo had 39 points this season, finishing eighth in the Eastern Conference. Houston missed the MLs Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2010.
- Ben Estes