Houston Dynamo lands Mexico int’l Torres

Mexico international Erick Torres (pictured) joined the USA's Houston Dynamo on December 23, 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)

HOUSTON -- The Houston Dynamo announced Tuesday the acquisition of Mexico forward Erick Torres.  The 21-year-old was signed after an agreement was reached by Major League Soccer to secure his rights from Mexican club Guadalajara.

As part of the arrangement, he will spend up to six months on loan with Chivas for the 2015 Liga MX Clausura, which begins January 9.

Torres, who joined Chivas USA on loan from Guadalajara in July 2013, scored 15 goals in 29 games in 2014, a Chivas USA club record for a single season.  With 22 goals in 44 appearances, he owns the record for the most goals by a Mexican-born player in MLS history. 

"I’m extremely excited to be joining the Houston Dynamo,” said Torres.  “It’s one of the premier clubs in MLS and a place where I really wanted to sign.  I can’t wait to join my teammates in Houston and continue their success on the field.”

The striker made his Mexico national team debut in September against Bolivia and scored his first goal for El Tri against Panama a month later.  Torres featured for Mexico youth national teams at the U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels before breaking into the senior team.  At 18, he was the youngest member of the squad at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup as Mexico finished in third place.  Torres appeared in seven games and scored one goal. 

"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."

The Guadalajara native made his Liga MX debut with Chivas in November 2010 at age 17.  Torres scored six goals in 15 games in the 2011 Clausura season as Guadalajara reached the semifinal stage of the playoffs.  He scored 14 goals in 65 league games over three years with Chivas before he joined Chivas USA in MLS.

In November, Torres scored five goals in four appearances, including two goals in the final versus Venezuela, as the Mexico U21s won the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games.