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The Five Stripes have their striker for 2020.
Atlanta United announced on Friday that they have signed striker Erick “Cubo” Torres to a contract. Torres joins the Five Stripes and will be expected to contribute goals immediately in the absence of star talisman Josef Martinez, who was placed on the season-ending injury list to make room for the former Mexico international.
Meet “Cubo”… “El Cubo” Torres
Atlanta, let’s welcome @erickestefano15!
— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) July 31, 2020
“Cubo is a natural goalscoring forward who will bolster our frontline and we’re pleased to add a player of his quality to the team,” Atlanta United Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra said. “He has consistently shown his finishing abilities in MLS, Liga MX and on the international stage, and we expect him to immediately contribute to the second half of our season.”
Torres, 27, has plenty of MLS experience with 36 career goals in 93 league appearances with Chivas USA and Houston Dynamo. The forward hasn’t found the same success in Liga MX, most recently struggling for minutes and production with Club Tijuana.
Atlanta and Cubo will be hoping he regains his form back in MLS and provides some attacking output. The team struggled mightily to score in the MLS is Back Tournament and have very little in the way of proven attacking options on their roster. Torres brings his track record and potential for goals with him, it’s just a matter of which version of Cubo we’ll see.
Welcome to Atlanta, Cubo!