Erick Torres Padilla

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Torres and the second or maternal family name is Padilla.
Erick Torres
Cubo Torres.jpg
Torres playing for Guadalajara
Personal information
Full name Erick Estéfano Torres Padilla[1]
Date of birth (1993-01-19) January 19, 1993 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Striker[1]
Club information
Current team
Houston Dynamo
Number 9
Youth career
2001–2010 Guadalajara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2014 Guadalajara 64 (14)
2013–2014 Chivas USA (loan) 44 (22)
2015– Houston Dynamo 25 (3)
2015 Guadalajara (loan) 5 (2)
2016 Cruz Azul (loan) 3 (0)
National team
2010 Mexico U17 4 (0)
2011 Mexico U20 7 (1)
2012– Mexico U23 10 (6)
2014– Mexico 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 August 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 April 2015

Erick Estéfano Torres Padilla (born January 19, 1993) is a Mexican professional footballer who plays as a striker for Houston Dynamo. He is nicknamed El Cubo.

Club career[edit]

Guadalajara 2010 - 2013[edit]

Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Torres came into the Guadalajara first team in 2010 and was a promising young player at the club.[2][3] After being captain of the Chivas U-17 team, taking them to the championship game of the Bicentenario 2010,[4][5] He made his official debut in the Mexican Primera División in November 2010 against C.F. Monterrey, where he scored 21 minutes into the second half. Chivas would go on to tie the game 1-1. He scored a brace against Pachuca, where Chivas would win the match 4-1. He scored in his first "Super Clasico" on 10 April 2011 against arch-rivals América in a shock 3-0 victory. After the Clausura 2011 season, he finished with 6 goals in 19 appearances, and the club's second top goal scorer, behind Marco Fabián.

Chivas USA (Loan) 2013 -2014[edit]

Erick Torres was loaned to sister club Chivas USA from Guadalajara on July 10, 2013,[6] and was signed as a designated player.[7]

Torres made his debut with Chivas in July 2013 against Toronto F.C. scoring the winning goal during the 79th minute. He played all 90 minutes. On June 29, 2014 Torres scored his 17th career goal with Chivas USA and became Major League Soccer's all-time Mexican-born scoring leader. On July 20, 2014 "El Cubo" tied Ante Razov's club record of 14 goals in a single season while being in a 6 match goal streak. On August 5, 2014, Torres was chosen for the MLS All Star team facing against Bayern Munchen. Torres came in off the bench for Obafemi Martins in the 60th minute. The match resulted in 2-1 win. Torres finished the 2014 MLS season with 15 goals scored in 29 games. During his time with Chivas he scored a total of 22 goals in 45 games before the club was dissolved in 2014.

Houston Dynamo[edit]

On December 18, 2014, Guadalajara announced that MLS made the purchase clause effective to move Torres permanently to the MLS under the condition that Guadalajara acquire Torres on loan for six months.[8][9]

On December 23, 2014, Houston Dynamo announced that they had signed Torres to a Designated Player contract.[10] The contract is for five years.[11]

Guadalajara (Loan) Clasura 2015[edit]

Torres was loaned back to Guadalajara for six months as part of the agreement made with MLS. He made his return debut for the club at home against Pumas UNAM coming in as a substitute for Ángel Reyna.[12] Guadalajara won the match by a score of 2-1.

On March 14, 2015 Torres scored his first two and only league goals of the season coming on as a substitute in the 60th minute for Israel Castro against Puebla.[13]

Torres played mostly in the Copa MX where he scored three goals and helped Guadalajara reach the final where they lost 4–2 to Puebla.[14]

Return to Houston Dynamo 2015 - Present[edit]

After spending six months on loan with Guadalajara, Torres returned to Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer to make his debut with the team. He made his debut for Dynamo in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on July 21, 2015, when he came off the bench as a sub in the 63rd minute in a 3-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City. He made his official league debut as a sub once again for Will Bruin in the 69th minute on July 25, 2015, against LA Galaxy in a 3-0 win. After going 22 games without scoring a single goal, Houston Dynamo decided to loan Cubo to Cruz Azul for the remainder of the year.

Cruz Azul (loan)[edit]

On September 3, 2016, Cruz Azul announced that Torres would join the club on loan for the remaining season of the Liga MX with an option to buy.[15]

International career[edit]

Mexico U17[edit]

Erick Torres participated In the 2010 Milk Cup at the age of 16. He was the starting forward of the Mexican national under-17 football team, finalizing 4th place in the tournament.[16][17][18]

Mexico U20[edit]

Torres participated in the 2011 Toulon Tournament with Mexico, finalizing in 4th place after losing to Italy on penalties in the Third Place Match. Erick Torres was included in the squad that represented Mexico at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia, he was listed as the youngest player in the team at the age of 18, And wore the number 10. Mexico reached 3rd place in the tournament.

Mexico U23[edit]

in 2012 Torres Participated in the 2012 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament with the Mexico U23 national team, appearing 3 times and scoring one goal against Panama in extra time winning the match 1-0. Mexico won the Tournament defeating Honduras in the Final. However Erick did not make the final cut for those players participating in the 2012 Summer Olympics where Mexico won its first olympic gold medal in football.

On September 18, 2015 Erick Torres was selected by coach Raul Gutierrez to play in the 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship

Mexico National Team[edit]

Erick Torres was in the preliminary list of players participating in the 2011 Copa América in Argentina under coach Luis Fernando Tena, He was listed as the youngest player on the list at only 18 years old, but didn't make it to the final cut.[19][20]

On August 21, 2014 Erick Torres received his first call-up to the national team under coach Miguel Herrera, for 2 matches against Chile on September 6 and Bolivia on September 9.[21][22]

On 12 October 2014, Torres scored his first goal with the national team in a friendly vs Panama on a mistake from the Panamanian goalkeeper with also being assisted with a header by Oribe Peralta in Queretaro. It was the game-winning goal in the 89th minute of the match.

International goals[edit]



Style of play[edit]

He has been compared to Javier Hernández due to their similarity in their style of playing and his rapid success months after his debut, but he has mentioned that it is only the beginning of his career and he has to make his own path in football.[23] On the Chivas official website, he was described as having a good presence in the area and an outstanding shot at goal.

An article written on described Torres as "having quick feet, good positional sense and plenty of skill. He shares one trait particularly in common with Hernandez in that he likes to move the ball quickly, playing one and two touch football and then, like Chicharito, comes alive in the penalty area." [24]

Erick Torres was nominated as La nueva Promesa' (The New Pledge) for the year 2012 during the 2012 Premios Juventud but lost to Boxer Saúl Álvarez.[25]


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  3. ^ "Ratifican que Real permanece con Chivas y que Omar Bravo sale". ESPN Deports. Retrieved April 6, 2011. 
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