Houston's Cubo Torres: 'We have a clean slate'

One of the MLS players looking to rebound in 2016 is Erick Torres. After MLS exercised the option to keep the 23-year-old Mexican international in the league after two great seasons in Chivas USA, it was a forgettable year with Guadalajara and the Houston Dynamo. At the opening day of training camp,  he said he was ready for his first full season with the Dynamo.

Torres was loaned back to Guadalajara, then facing a relegation battle, for the 2015 Torneo Clausura but ended up played just 91 minutes in five games off the bench. He was then accused of sexual assault in a case that generated lots of publicity in Mexico before it was dropped.

After joining the Dynamo in mid-season, he went scoreless in 11 games. He started just four games and missed action in October as he joined Mexico's U-23 national team for Olympic qualifying.

Mexico won the Concacaf qualifying tournament, and Torres joined the U-23s in camp in Mexico City in January.

“I prepared during the break in Guadalajara," he said. "I was called up by the Mexican U-23 team and worked with them. It helped me maintain my form and focus on the game. I feel good physically and more importantly, I feel good mentally.”

Torres said he was happy to be back in Houston.

“ I have new teammates," he said, "and we have a clean slate. We are very ambitious and ready to get things rolling.”

Houston's new majority owner, Gabriel Brener, and minority owner Oscar De La Hoya were on hand for the start of training in Houston on Monday.

“We spoke with the technical staff and owners before practice about our goals," Torres said. "We share the same goals and those are to have a good preseason, work hard and have a great year. We need to have a good year to get into the playoffs and it starts in preseason. You develop your core here moving forward.”
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