Houston Dynamo forward Erick “Cubo” Torres has been called up the Mexican U-23 national team for the upcoming Toulon Tournament. The tournament is a prelude to the 2016 Olympic games. Torres is the only Major League player to be called to the team.
What does Mexico see in him that our coaching staff does not? Yes, he finally got a start this Saturday at home against Sporting Kansas City but it remains to be seen if he “showed enough” to get consecutive starts. Torres has been here since last July and at first, the excuse for lack of playing time was that he was out of shape. He came into camp and was declared in great playing shape and produced in the preseason only to find himself on the bench come the start of the season.
On Saturday night, head coach Owen Coyle said all the right things about him (Torres) as he sat on the dais with him at the post game press conference. The proof of whether or not the accolades were sincere comes on Wednesday in San Jose and then back at BBVA in Houston for Saturday night’s key match-up with Real Salt Lake.
Torres has played more minutes and scored more goals for Mexico in the last 10 months than he has for the Houston Dynamo. During that span he was named to the Best XI team at the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship by the Technical Study Group this after scoring three goals. Mexico will defend the Olympic gold medal it won at the London 2012 Games thisAugust in Brazil. Torres last played for El Tri’s U-23s in a friendly against Japan in Portugal on March 25, 2016.
Hopefully the disconnect between the Mexican international and the Houston Dynamo coaching staff has been repaired and we will see more of him on the pitch in coming games than on the bench.