The Houston Dynamo have begun shopping Erick Torres to other MLS clubs, aiming for an offseason trade according to Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated. The 22-year old Mexican International, who arrived to Houston in July after a club-record $7 million transfer fee, has been a point of debate amongst fans following 11 matches with zero goals and one assist.
Should Torres be moved from the Dynamo, the forward is sure to be highly valued on the transfer market, despite his disappointing 2015 performance. His season as part of Chivas USA's final year of operation saw him net 15 goals in 29 matches - many of which in spectacular fashion.
But lack of fitness and playing time with Chivas de Guadalajara (who received the player on loan for the first half of 2015) created issues for Torres, who never quite seemed to fit into Owen Coyle's formation. Still, the move would come as a surprise after the unprecedented investment in bringing the player to the club behind a long-term vision shared by the Dynamo front office.
The signing, reported in December of 2014, was hailed as "monumental" by club president Chris Canetti. Head coach Owen Coyle, having just arrived after his new appointment, drew comparisons to England's Daniel Sturridge, who Coyle coached at Bolton before the forward went on to international stardom. A welcoming party was assembled before the season kicked off and gave rabid fans a chance to see the budding Mexican forward in person.
The hype brought by the signing turned to frustration as the Torres transfer hits summer snags and delayed his eventual arrival amidst allegations of sexual assault. Cubo's disappointing season with Houston essentially vanquished the hype and fan frustration found new highs as Torres played quite well for the Mexican U-23 Olympic team in October, while the Dynamo were struggling to make the playoffs.
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