There was no one else in Erick Torres’ class last weekend. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Dynamo forward Erick Torres might want to put the Red Bulls on his Christmas card list.
On Tuesday, it was announced he was voted the Major League Soccer player of the week by the North American Soccer Reporters for the fifth week of the season.
Torres made history when he recorded a hat-trick in a 4-1 victory over the Red Bulls at BBVA Compass Stadium Saturday night, becoming the second Mexican player in MLS history to accomplish the feat.
The 24-year-old striker leads league with six goals, while the Dynamo’s 11 team goals are tied for second in MLS. Houston sits in second place in the Western Conference (3-1-0, 9 points), holding a 3-0-0 home record.
“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 scored his second goal 15 minutes later, firing a curling shot off past goalkeeper Luis Robles. It was Torres’ recorded first multi-goal performance since September 2013, pushing Houston’s lead to 3-1.
A minute into stoppage time, Torres completed his hat-trick with a curling free kick from the top of the box.
The MLS player of the week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.