Updates from Thursday, Dec. 18
MLS has taken up the option to bring striker Erick Torres to the league. The Mexican international has been loaned to Chivas for six months as part of the deal, per ESPN soccer reporter Tom Marshall:
However, Marshall goes on to say that the statement from Chivas doesn't mention MLS purchasing Torres. On the other hand, no individual club has actually signed him, so that could be the reason.
Signing a player like Torres with all of his potential is a great move by MLS. He'll be able to help any team that has issues up front.
Liga MX side Chivas will keep 21-year-old striker Erick Torres for the next six months, as confirmed by the club (h/t ESPN soccer reporter Tom Marshall):
There were rumours of the Houston Dynamo being the front-runners for the young Mexican forward, per Ives Galarcep of Goal.com. The reported fee for Torres was around $7.5 million. He would have been signed as a designated player.
However, there could be a silver lining for MLS teams in the future. Marshall goes on to say that the league may get Torres on a permanent basis after six months. Chivas apparently wanted to keep him in order to stave off relegation. On the other hand, nothing else has been confirmed:
Torres was one of the standout players in MLS last season. He scored 15 goals in 29 appearances with Chivas USA, and he had 22 tallies in 44 total appearances while playing in the U.S. over the last two years.
However, Chivas USA folded and the players were selected by other MLS clubs in a dispersal draft in November 2014. Torres didn't participate in the draft because he was listed as a designated player, per the MLS Press Box website.
Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin thinks that U.S. President Barack Obama should have tried to keep Torres in MLS:
Irwin didn't get his wish, but he may be facing him or playing with Torres starting next summer.