Erick “Cubo” Torres is still not definitely returning to Major League Soccer next season. The league have been in communications with his parent club CD Guadalajara for several weeks but no agreement has been reached as yet.
The deadline for a decision on Torres’s future passed yesterday (December 15) but a statement released by MLS revealed that negotiations were still ongoing.
“Over the past several weeks, MLS has been engaged in discussions with Erick Torres and Chivas de Guadalajara regarding the league’s option to acquire his contract. Although no agreement has been concluded, these discussions are continuing.”
The 21-year-old Mexican striker is expected to sign a designated player contract if he is to remain in MLS and he is believed to be adamant on a move to LA Galaxy if he is to return to play in 2015.
But the problem could be that the Galaxy are exploring all DP options in a bid to replace Landon Donovan with the best available player.
Torres might be that man, but the club’s uncertainty in that sense could be dragging any deal out, as it is the league itself who the former Chivas USA forward must negotiate a contract with.
Every team in the league will be interested in securing the services of Torres after he scored 15 goals in a very poor Chivas side last season, and if he could agree a contract with MLS he could be sent somewhere via ‘blind allocation’ – the same way Jermaine Jones was sent to New England Revolution.
But if Torres has his heart set on the Galaxy then negotiations will continue to stall until they either fall apart, or the Mexican gets his wish.
A forward line of Torres, Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes is a frightening prospect but the MLS Cup champions will not be willing to rush into a decision regarding bringing in another DP.
How important is it that Torres returns to MLS in 2015 – would he be a good signing for the LA Galaxy?