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Report: Dynamo shopping Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres

Photo by Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports
Photo by Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports

Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres failed to impress in his short stint with the Houston Dynamo this season, and now it appears that the Mexico star may be set for a change in scenery.

Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday that the Dynamo are exploring the possibility of trading the 22-year-old striker. Several MLS clubs are reportedly interested in pursuing Torres.

The Mexico forward, who joined the Dynamo from Chivas Guadalajara for a $7 million transfer fee, failed to score in his 11 games with the Dynamo this season. Torres’ drought has reportedly played a major part in the Dynamo’s decision to explore trade options, as the forward has reportedly yet to earn the trust of manager Owen Coyle.

Prior to joining the Dynamo, Torres rose to prominence as a member of Chivas USA, scoring 15 goals in 2014, the club’s final campaign before folding. Torres proceeded to join Chivas de Guadalajara in Liga MX on loan, scoring two league goals while contributing three additional finishes in Copa MX play.

Internationally, Torres has made four appearances for Mexico, scoring once for El Tri. Most recently, Torres represented the Mexico U-23s in the team’s successful run through CONCACAF Olympic qualifying.

What do you think of the Dynamo reportedly shopping Torres? Should the club keep him and see how he does for an entire season? What teams should pursue Torres?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Bring him to DCU and ship off Saborio plus a pick. Would be interesting to pair Cubo with EspinDOHla in a withdrawn position.

  2. Sounds like a clash of styles/personalities. Sometimes it simply does not fit. Move the guy to a place where he can flourish….no big deal.

    • I see the primary problem as we added a Technical Director position, which separates the coach from the personnel selections. I wasn’t a huge Kinnear fan because I thought he had a limited shtick of diminishing returns as the talent decreased and the league improved. But Kinnear understood how to find players to play his style. This Torres thing, with the coach not playing him for many of the weeks after he was eligible, comes across like the “GM” saw one thing and the HC something else — he didn’t actually want that type of forward. That wouldn’t happen if that was one man with two hats.

      Problem being I trust neither of the current hat wearers. Jordan did a poor job with Montreal, and his acquisitions and trades here are all iffy at best. Coyle obviously wants to play a 451 with a lunk striker, and Torres probably doesn’t fit that conventionally played (he could maybe play wing), but with Coyle’s history, the seeming retrograde nature of the formation, and the lack of first year success (I thought he instead blew games), I’m not sure if I want to see Coyle win the fight and ship out Torres. Whole point was a Bruin-centered team wasn’t good enough to lift trophies in a good year, and was downright frustrating in a bad one.

      I felt like Torres showed some spark but was caught in a difficult position. Based on Chivas USA and his technical ability and young age I think he’d be useful to someone in MLS. Is he going to score bushels like he did for a go-nowhere Chivas USA team? Probably not. Is one big problem he is going to ask to be paid like the Chivas USA Torres? Yes. But he can play and I think we’re being dumb to let the coach run players off. We’re running the wrong people off.


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