MLS: Top 5 Mexican players in league history

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There have been some amazing foreign imports in the 25-year history of MLS, but who ranks in the top five Mexican players of all time?

In total, 86 Mexican players have made the move north of the border to ply their trade in Major League Soccer over the last 25 seasons. But who makes the top five on our list? There is probably no surprise about the name at the top, but what about the rest?

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Here are the top five Mexicans in MLS history?

HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 08: Erick Torres
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5. Erick Torres

The first Mexican player to make our list is former Chivas USA and Houston Dynamo striker Erick Torres. After spending three seasons with Guadalajara at the beginning of his professional footballing career, Torres spent 18 months on loan with Chivas USA, getting his first taste of MLS action. The forward scored 22 goals in 44 regular-season appearances for the club, including 15 in the 2014 season, which saw him as the league’s joint-seventh top scorer alongside Clint Dempsey.

The 2014 campaign was a great one for Torres on an individual basis. He was nominated to the MLS All-Star side and made his international debut for Mexico. The Mexican then signed for Houston Dynamo permanently but had loan spells with Guadalajara and Cruz Azul as part of the deal that had been signed by Torres and MLS. His only full season with the Dynamo came in 2017, when he scored 14 goals in 27 regular-season games, along with adding three assists as well.

Torres left Houston following the conclusion of the 2017 campaign. He finished his MLS career with 36 goals and seven assists in 97 appearances, including four games in the post-season run to end his time with Houston.