Erick Torres Delivers In Mexican National Team Debut

Erick Torres Starts Off On Right Foot

Photo Courtesy of the Official Seleccion Nacional de Mexico Facebook Page

There is not much to say, takeaway, or analyze from Mexico beating Bolivia 1-0 other than that it was a game that Mexicoshould have won by a wider margin given their dominance especially in the first half. When Mexican National Team coach Miguel Herrera released the first part of his call-up list for the team’s two September friendlies, the call-up list of all players who are currently playing outside of Mexico, one player stood out from all the rest. That player was 21 year old Chivas USA forward Erick “El Cubo” Torres whose call up to the senior national team raised a number of eyebrows.

As the days went along, the call up of Torres to the national team was talked about in terms of praising the player for having grown up and becoming a better and more well rounded person and player in his time with Chivas USA, even amidst all the turmoil surrounding the club the last 18 months. In addition to the praising of the player, many of us wanted to see how Torres would settle in when he got the opportunity to get a run. Torres was the only player from the foreign legion who did not get a chance to play Saturday night vs. Chile which was a clear signal he would get significant playing time against Bolivia on Tuesday night. This was confirmed by Miguel Herrera in his Monday press conference that Torres would start upfront alongside Javier Orozco.

With all eyes on him from the beginning, Erick Torres went out and played the entire game. At the end of the game, his play showed that he was worthy of this call-up and is worthy of future call-ups which look certain after what we saw on Tuesday night.

Despite an early mis-touch by Torres inside the penalty area, he showed to be decisive with his decision making from there on out as Torres did well in maintaining control of the ball when he has possession of it, did well in opening up play with passes towards the wing, and showed good link up play with his fellow attacking mates. In addition to this, Torres did well to take his chances at shooting at goal when the opportunity presented himself and was unlucky not to score a goal in the opening 45, although his saved shot attempt did lead to Miguel Layun scoring the lone goal in the game.

While Torres did not do as much in the second half as in the first half, this was no fault of him as the intensity which the entire Mexico team played with dipped significantly and as a result, meant that Torres had fewer chances on the ball. That said, the same characteristics he showed in the first half he repeated in the second half. At the final whistle, I graded Torres’ performance an 8 out of 10. It was that good of a performance which showed that Torres was up to the task of playing for the senior national team and confirmed his good play that led to his call up. one should expect to see Torres hopefully be called up to the October friendlies Mexico will play on home soil vs. CONCACAF opposition and if all goes well, called up for either Gold Cup or Copa America duty next summer.

Lucas Carreras is a contributing Mexican National Team and Liga MX writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. You can follow Lucas on Twitter by following him @maldini3fan

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