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Erick Estéfano Torres Padilla (born 19 January 1993) is a Mexican professional footballer who plays as a striker for Liga MX club Tijuana. He is nicknamed "El Cubo" (The Cube).[2]

Erick Torres
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Torres at training for Houston Dynamo
Personal information
Full name Erick Estéfano Torres Padilla[1]
Date of birth (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 26)[1]
Place of birth Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Striker[1]
Club information
Current team
Number 19
Youth career
2001–2010 Guadalajara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2014 Guadalajara 65 (14)
2013–2014Chivas USA (loan) 44 (22)
2015–2017 Houston Dynamo 68 (14)
2015Guadalajara (loan) 5 (2)
2016Cruz Azul (loan) 3 (0)
2018 UNAM 5 (0)
2018– Tijuana 14 (2)
National team
2010 Mexico U17 4 (0)
2011 Mexico U20 7 (1)
2012–2016 Mexico U23 10 (6)
2014– Mexico 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 April 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 October 2017

Club careerEdit


Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Torres came into the Guadalajara first team in 2010 and was a promising young player at the club.[3][4] After being captain of the Chivas U-17 team, taking them to the championship game of the Bicentenario 2010,[5][6] He made his official debut in the Mexican Primera División in November 2010 against C.F. Monterrey, where he scored 21 minutes into the second half. Chivas would go on to tie the game 1–1. He scored a brace against Pachuca, where Chivas would win the match 4–1. He scored in his first "Super Clasico" on 10 April 2011 against arch-rivals América in a shock 3–0 victory. After the Clausura 2011 season, he finished with 6 goals in 19 appearances, and the club's second top goal scorer, behind Marco Fabián.

Chivas USA (loan)Edit

Erick Torres was loaned to sister club Chivas USA from Guadalajara on 10 July 2013,[7] and was signed as a designated player.[8]

Torres made his debut with Chivas in July 2013 against Toronto F.C. scoring the winning goal during the 79th minute. He played all 90 minutes. On 29 June 2014 Torres scored his 17th career goal with Chivas USA and became Major League Soccer's all-time Mexican-born scoring leader. On 20 July 2014, Torres tied Ante Razov's club record of 14 goals in a single season while being in a 6 match goal streak. On 5 August 2014, Torres was chosen for the MLS All Star team facing against Bayern München. Torres came in off the bench for Obafemi Martins in the 60th minute. The match resulted in 2–1 win. Torres finished the 2014 MLS season with 15 goals scored in 29 games. During his time with Chivas he scored a total of 22 goals in 45 games before the club was dissolved in 2014.

Houston DynamoEdit

On 18 December 2014, Guadalajara announced that MLS made the purchase clause effective to move Torres permanently to the MLS under the condition that Guadalajara acquire Torres on loan for six months.[9][10]

On 23 December 2014, Houston Dynamo announced that they had signed Torres to a Designated Player contract.[11] The contract is for five years.[12]

Guadalajara (loan)Edit

Torres was loaned back to Guadalajara for six months as part of the agreement made with MLS. He made his return debut for the club at home against Pumas UNAM coming in as a substitute for Ángel Reyna.[13] Guadalajara won the match by a score of 2–1.

On 14 March 2015 Torres scored his first two and only league goals of the season coming on as a substitute in the 60th minute for Israel Castro against Puebla.[14]

Torres played mostly in the Copa MX where he scored three goals and helped Guadalajara reach the final where they lost 4–2 to Puebla.[15]

Cruz Azul (loan)Edit

On 3 September 2016, Cruz Azul announced that Torres would join the club on loan for the remaining season of the Liga MX with an option to buy.[16]

Return to Houston DynamoEdit

After spending six months on loan with Guadalajara, Torres returned to Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer to make his debut with the team. He made his debut for Dynamo in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on 21 July 2015, when he came off the bench as a sub in the 63rd minute in a 3–1 loss to Sporting Kansas City. He made his official league debut as a sub once again for Will Bruin in the 69th minute on 25 July 2015, against LA Galaxy in a 3–0 win. After going 22 games without scoring a single goal, Houston Dynamo decided to loan Cubo to Cruz Azul for the remainder of the year. After returning from Cruz Azul, Torres made his appearance back with Houston Dynamo in their first game of the 2017 Major League Soccer season on 5 March 2017. He turned out to score his first goal with the Houston Dynamo in their 2–1 away win against Seattle Sounders. On 1 April 2017, Torres scored a hat-trick against New York Red Bulls on their 4–1 home win. The hat-trick was his first of his career and it made him the second ever Mexican player to score a hat-trick in the MLS. On August 23, 2017 in a match against rivals FC Dallas, Torres set a club record for most goals in a season, 14, beating Brian Ching's previous record of 13.


On 24 January 2018, Torres joined Mexican club UNAM in a reported $2 million deal.[17]


On 5 June 2018, Torres was sold to Club Tijuana.[18]

International careerEdit

Mexico U17Edit

Erick Torres participated In the 2010 Milk Cup at the age of 16. He was the starting forward of the Mexican national under-17 football team, finalizing 4th place in the tournament.[19][20][21]

Mexico U20Edit

Torres participated in the 2011 Toulon Tournament with Mexico, finalizing in 4th place after losing to Italy on penalties in the Third Place Match. Erick Torres was included in the squad that represented Mexico at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia, he was listed as the youngest player in the team at the age of 18, And wore the number 10. Mexico reached 3rd place in the tournament.

Mexico U23Edit

In 2012 Torres Participated in the 2012 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament with the Mexico U23 national team, appearing 3 times and scoring one goal against Panama in extra time winning the match 1–0. Mexico won the Tournament defeating Honduras in the Final. However Erick did not make the final cut for those players participating in the 2012 Summer Olympics where Mexico won its first olympic gold medal in football.

On 18 September 2015 Erick Torres was selected by coach Raul Gutierrez to play in the 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship

Mexico senior national teamEdit

Erick Torres was in the preliminary list of players participating in the 2011 Copa América in Argentina under coach Luis Fernando Tena. He was listed as the youngest player on the list at only 18 years old, but didn't make it to the final cut.[22][23]

On 21 August 2014, Torres received his first call-up to the national team under coach Miguel Herrera, for two matches against Chile on 6 September and Bolivia on 9 September.[24][25] On 12 October 2014, Torres scored his first goal with the national team in a friendly versus Panama in Queretaro on a mistake from the Panamanian goalkeeper. Torres was also assisted with a header by Oribe Peralta. It was the game-winning goal in the 89th minute of the match.

Style of playEdit

He has been compared to Javier Hernández due to their similarity in their style of playing and his rapid success months after his debut, but he has mentioned that it is only the beginning of his career and he has to make his own path in football.[26] On the Chivas official website, he was described as having a good presence in the area and an outstanding shot at goal.

An article written on described Torres as "having quick feet, good positional sense and plenty of skill. He shares one trait particularly in common with Hernandez in that he likes to move the ball quickly, playing one and two touch football and then, like Chicharito, comes alive in the penalty area." [27]

Erick Torres was nominated as La nueva Promesa' (The New Pledge) for the year 2012 during the 2012 Premios Juventud but lost to Boxer Saúl Álvarez.[28]

Career statisticsEdit


As of 13 April 2019[29][30]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Continental[c] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Guadalajara 2010–11 Liga MX 20 6 0 0 20 6
2011–12 Liga MX 25 7 0 0 3 0 28 7
2012–13 Liga MX 20 1 0 0 3 1 23 2
Total 65 14 0 0 0 0 6 1 71 15
Chivas USA 2013 Major League Soccer 15 7 0 0 15 7
2014 Major League Soccer 29 15 1 0 30 15
Total 44 22 1 0 0 0 0 0 45 22
Guadalajara 2014–15 Liga MX 5 2 9 3 14 5
Houston Dynamo 2015 Major League Soccer 11 0 1 0 12 0
2016 Major League Soccer 11 0 0 0 11 0
2017 Major League Soccer 27 14 0 0 4 0 31 14
Total 49 14 1 0 4 0 0 0 68 14
Cruz Azul (loan) 2016–17 Liga MX 3 0 0 0 3 0
UNAM 2017–18 Liga MX 5 0 3 2 8 2
Tijuana 2018–19 Liga MX 13 1 5 1 18 2
Career totals 184 53 19 6 4 0 6 1 213 60
  1. ^ Appearances in Copa MX and US Open Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in MLS Cup Playoffs
  3. ^ Appearances in Copa Libertadores and CONCACAF Champions League

International goalsEdit



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