CARSON, Calif. – Chivas USA has struggled to find the back of the net this season with just 29 goals to date, but with Erick “El Cubo” Torres leading the attack, they possess a weapon as dangerous as any in MLS.
The 20-year-old Torres has scored seven goals in 12 appearances—all coming in his first nine games—since joining the team in July on loan from Chivas de Guadalajara. Although the young forward has been held off the scoreboard in the Rojiblancos’ last three games, Landon Donovan insists that he’s a major point of concern for the LA Galaxy heading into Sunday's SuperClasico.
“He’s a really good player. I've been really impressed with him,” said Donovan. “He’s as effective of a player as there is in the league when he’s playing this way. We have to be very aware and often times this year, he’s pulled off plays that have gotten them points or kept them in games, so for me, he’s the focal point of their attack. No question.”
With the young Mexican forward drawing great acclaim for his ability to find space behind opposing defenses, the Galaxy understand that they must be aware of him at all times.
“He’s always moving along the backline and always towing the line of being offside. He’s crafty and he has a nose for the goal similar to a [Chris] Wondolowski,” said defender Todd Dunivant. “He’s got aggressiveness about him and no fear. Those are good qualities for a striker and he’s got a lot of goals.”