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Erick Torres Transfer News: Updates on the Chivas Star's Future

Peter Galindo@@GalindoPWFeatured ColumnistDecember 18, 2014

Jul 5, 2014; Carson, CA, USA;  Chivas USA forward Erick Torres (9) raises his arms to the crowd celebrating his goal that won the game in extra time against the Montreal Impact at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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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:

Tom Marshall @mexicoworldcup

Official: MLS has taken up the option on Erick "Cubo" Torres. Part of deal includes a six-month loan to Chivas.

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.

Tom Marshall @mexicoworldcup

Chivas statement announcing Cubo Torres has been bought by MLS makes no mention of where the striker will play after 6-month loan to Chivas.

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.

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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):

Tom Marshall @mexicoworldcup

Cubo Torres back to Chivas RT @Chivas: @erickestefano15 will play for us for next 6 months ¡Bienvenido a casa Cubo! http://t.co/a6RcMYpN7C

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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:

Tom Marshall @mexicoworldcup

Sounds from the wording of the Cubo to Chivas statement that MLS may get him permanently after the 6 month loan.

Tom Marshall @mexicoworldcup

Cubo Torres situation sounds like a good middle ground. Striker loves Chivas and will help fight against relegation. MLS gets him after.

Tom Marshall @mexicoworldcup

Only confirmed Cubo Torres info is that he will play for Chivas for next 6 months. After that, nothing has yet been 100% 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:

Clint Irwin @ClintIrwin

Why didn't Obama normalize relations with Cubo?

Irwin didn't get his wish, but he may be facing him or playing with Torres starting next summer.

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