Despite reports for weeks that the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders were the frontrunners to land former Chivas USA striker Erick Torres if the Mexican is to stay in MLS for 2015, comes a new report with a new destination.
The Houston Dynamo are the team in the driver's seat to land Cubo, according to Ives Galarcep in a report on Goal.com on Wednesday. Galarcep cites unnamed sources that the sweepstakes apparently was coming down to the Dynamo and Chicago Fire, before the Illinois side backed out of the running as they "went in another direction with their designated player plans."
Houston aims to sign Cubo
•Dynamo TheoryFor a reported $7.5m, Houston stands alone as the frontrunner to sign the talented and rising Mexican international. MLS now moves to finalize the league contract with Houston picked as the destination.
What's surprising is that Houston have a reputation of being a thrifty organization by MLS standards, and shelling out $7.5 million for Torres, the transfer fee reported by Galarcep, seems to be a major break with the past. Though the Dynamo are embarking on their first transition phase in their history, as original coach Dominic Kinnear has returned to the San Jose Earthquakes and MLS newcomer Owen Coyle has been hired as the club's next coach, they haven't had a sparkling record with foreign DPs (current DP Boniek Garcia is an exception, though he's shown considerable inconsistency). Of course, Cubo has considerable MLS experience already
Also, from a demographic standpoint, this move is a no-brainer with the large Latino population of the Houston area. And with the likes of Garcia and Brad Davis giving him service, you'd have to like his chances at building upon his resume in his third season in MLS.
Galarcep also puts in a somewhat odd parenthetical note in his report: Cubo could go on loan to Chivas de Guadalajara, to help his original club try and avoid relegation. The potential length and terms of a loan deal were not mentioned, but if I was the Dynamo, I'd want no part of this. Of course, the player himself might be in favor of this arrangement, so Houston may have little choice but to agree, who knows.
As always, we'll keep you posted as we find out more info on the unfolding story.
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