Chivas USA forward Erick Torres became the all-time leading scorer among Mexican-born MLS players on Saturday night against Real Salt Lake, finishing a cross with a highlight reel volley that pushed him past an El Tri legend in the Major League Soccer record book.
Tony Lochead would send Torres a perfect long distance cross on a Chivas counter attack, allowing Torres to take a powerful hit that hammered into the back of the net for his 17th league goal.
With the goal that was eventually the winner for Chivas in the 1-0 affair, Torres surpassed Mexican legend Cuauhtémoc Blanco, who netted 16 goals in 62 games over three years, on the MLS list for Mexican-born scorers.
Torres has been a sensation with Chivas USA ever since his arrival last summer from Mexican side C.D. (Chivas) Guadalajara on loan, showing promising in moving up north of the border from Liga MX as a 21 year old. Both clubs earlier this month announced a loan extension through the end of the season, a bright spot for a struggling club that currently is last in the West table through fifteen games.
Chivas manager Wilmer Cabrera praised his young star he has been given on loan in his postmatch press conference, noting that 21 year old’s talent has the power to lift the rest of the squad.
“Cubo is a player that wants to score and works hard every day to try to score,” head coach Wilmer Cabrera told reporters. “He loves to be around the goal. He tries all these possibilities and he’s been scoring a lot this year. It’s good for him and good motivation for the rest of the team to have him.”
Passing a huge figure in Mexican soccer in Blanco, the young Torres was thrilled to have set the Mexican record for league goals so quickly into his career. Taking pride in writing his name into league history despite still having his future in Liga MX with Chivas Guadalajara.
“It’s something that has me very happy and joyous inside,” Torres said in his postmatch press conference according to the MLS website. “I’m thrilled to be able to make history in the United States and in this league. Cuauhtémoc Blanco is an idol for me. He’s a player I grew up watching, so to surpass him in goals scored here is something I can’t even describe.”
Torres has made Chivas USA a much more entertaining side to watch since coming over on loan, providing flashes of hope for a club that has had little to cheer about. While likely heading back to his home country at the end of the season, fans of the league can appreciate “Cubo’s” skill a little longer as the rare Mexican MLS star has emerged in the 21 year old loanee. Should he continue his impressive play, that goal scoring record should grow before his season loan comes to an end.