In 2012, a Chivas USA player played in the MLS All-Star Game. MLS won.
In 2013, no CUSA player participated in the ASG. MLS lost.
On Wednesday, a Chivas USA player retuned to the All-Star Game, and perhaps not coincidentally, MLS won. Indeed, the club's 2014 representative, forward Erick Torres, came off the bench to start the second half, and played a role in the All-Stars' 2-1 win over defending German champion Bayern Munich at Providence Park in Portland.
Playing in a different role for the All-Stars than that with his club, the Mexican star played the final 45 minutes, floating deeper on the field and roaming around primarily to provide support for his teammates.
It worked, as he flicked on a looping headed pass off a Bobby Boswell pass in the 51st minute, into the path of his MLS Golden Boot rival Bradley Wright-Phillips, who tied the score after Robert Lewandowski's first half strike put Bayern ahead.
MLS then found the winner in the 70th minute, as Landon Donovan took down Diego Valeri's lobbed pass and finished in Bayern's box. Following the game, Donovan won MVP honors for the game as he broke the all-time scoring record in the ASG with his sixth in 14 appearances.
But back to Cubo. Despite being one of many stars on the field, despite playing in a different role (support striker) than with his club (one and only scoring hope), and despite failing to take a shot on the night, Torres was not just a passenger in the game. His assist helped initiate the comeback, and he pitched in on offensive dirty work by swinging out wide to get the ball and deliver crosses and make runs -- hopeful and hopeless -- all over the final third. Based on his season to date, he certainly deserved to be an All-Star, and in a one-off game between the best of MLS and one of the best club teams in the world, he did not look out of place in the least.
Congratulations to the All-Stars, and congrats to Cubo for the recognition and doing Chivatown proud on the big stage.
What do you think? Leave a comment below!