Christmas came early for Houston Dynamo fans as the MLS club announced late Tuesday night it had signed Erick “Cubo” Torres
as a Designated Player.
Dynamo president Chris Canetti
termed the deal a "monumental signing," though the club will have to wait up to six months for the 21-year-old Mexico national
team forward to arrive as he will in the interim play on loan to Chivas de Guadalajara. MLS Trade Central: Tuesday's Deals
In 2014, Torres scored 15 goals in 29 games for Chivas USA -- a club record
for a single season -- to give him 22 goals in 44 appearances while on loan from Chivas de Guadalajara. MLS had an option to buy Torres for an undetermined amount.
Goal.com had reported
that the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders had
passed on acquiring Torres, and the Dynamo was the one club willing to meet the asking price, believed of $7.5 million. As part of the agreement to exercise that option, Torres will return to Chivas,
which is in the middle of a battle to avoid relegation.
Torres will only be able to return to MLS during one of the two U.S. transfer windows. The FIFA Transfer Matching System does not
list the U.S. transfer windows for 2015. The primary window for 2014 ended May 12, and the secondary window opened July 8. Chivas plays its last game of the regular season in the Torneo Apertura on
May 10 against Morelia.
"I’m extremely excited to be joining the Houston Dynamo," Torres said in a statement. "It’s one of the premier clubs in MLS and a place where I really
wanted to sign."
The Dynamo, MLS champion in 2006 and 2007 and runner-up in 2011 and 2012, failed to make the playoffs in 2014, finishing 10 points below the playoff zone in the Eastern
Conference. Houston, which moves to the Western Conference in 2015, had the fourth worst offense in MLS, averaging just 1.1 goals a game.
“He strengthens our team and brings
excitement to our fan base," Canetti said. "He is a dynamic player that will be fun to watch and an excellent young man that will be a great ambassador in our community.”
had three Designated Players in 2014: DaMarcus Beasley
, who signed from Mexican club Puebla after the World Cup, and Honduran Oscar Boniek Garcia
and Alexander Lopez
. Garcia won't count as a Designated Player in 2015.
The Dynamo's only previous Mexican DP was
Luis Angel Landin
, who lasted less than a year in Houston before being released. He now plays in Mexico's second division.