HOUSTON - Houston Dynamo forward Erick “Cubo” Torres was named Major League Soccer’s Player of the Week for Week 5 by the North American Soccer Reporters, MLS announced Tuesday.
Torres made history when he recorded a hat trick in a 4-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday, becoming the second Mexican player in MLS history to accomplish the feat.
With the hat trick, the first of his career, Torres now leads MLS with six tallies, while Houston’s combined 11 team goals are tied for second in the league. Houston sits in second place in the Western Conference (3-1-0, nine points), holding a perfect 3-0-0 record at home.
“Cubo” scored a goal in his fourth consecutive match with a well struck penalty kick in the 41st minute to give Houston a 2-1 advantage. Torres would then score his second goal 15 minutes later, firing a curling shot past goalkeeper Luis Robles. With the goal, Torres recorded his first multi-goal performance since September 2013, pushing Houston’s lead to 3-1.
Torres completed his hat trick in the 91st minute with a beautiful curling free kick from the top of the box, giving the game a final score of 4-1.
For the 24-year-old Mexican international, the honor is the second of his career. Torres was named MLS Player of the Week 17 of 2014.
This marks the 16th time that a Dynamo player was recognized as MLS Player of the Week and the first time since forward Mauro Manotas received the honor in Week 29 of 2016.
Former Dynamo forward Brian Ching was named MLS Player of the Week four times with the Dynamo, while Brad Davis earned the honor three times and Will Bruin and Dwayne De Rosario each earned it twice.