Mexican national team striker Erick 'Cubo' Torres appears closer and closer to returning to Major League Soccer in 2015, though the team he will be playing for could come as a bit of a surprise.
The Houston Dynamo have emerged as the frontrunner to secure the services of Torres after the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders passed on the chance to acquire the 21-year-old from Chivas Guadalajara, sources have confirmed to Goal USA.
The Dynamo have stepped up to meet the $7.5 million asking price for Torres, who joined Chivas USA on a loan with an option to buy prior to the 2014 MLS season. MLS has delayed in pulling the trigger on that purchase option until a suitable buyer could be secured. One team that had been believed to be a possibility, the Chicago Fire, went in another direction with their designated player plans, leaving the Dynamo as the best bet to land Torres.
MLS is working to finalize the full transfer, and part of the deal could see Torres play for Liga MX side Chivas Guadalajara in exchange for the lowering of the $7.5 million purchase option, sources confirmed to Goal USA. Chivas Guadalajara is in danger of being relegated from Liga MX if it has a poor spring season and Torres could be just the type of player to help the struggling club turn things around before returning to MLS in the spring or summer.
In club limbo after Chivas USA was disbanded following the 2014 MLS season, Torres has emerged as one of the best young talents in MLS, if not all of CONCACAF, after a stellar 2014 MLS season earned him his first call-ups to the Mexican national team. He also won the Golden Boot at the Central American and Caribbean Games, where he starred for an underage El Tri side.