July 16, 2013
By Scott French
TWO BIG DEBUTS, FINALLY
Bocanegra and Torres are ready to go as Chivas USA takes on lowly Toronto FC
LA Soccer News Contributing Editor
CARSON, Calif. -- Carlos Bocanegra and Erick “Cubo” Torres are finally set to make their Chivas USA debuts -- and at home, no less -- when the Goats take on Toronto FC on Wednesday night at the StubHub Center.
Both had been signed in time for last week's opening of the summer transfer window and, more so Bocanegra, were expected to see the field in last weekend's loss at Philadelphia but weren't eligible because their International Transfer Certificates had not yet arrived.
Both are in hand now, so the Chivas (3-11-5) take their next big step in earnest with huge additions in the back, with the former U.S. national team captain, and up front, with one of Mexico's most promising strikers.
“I expect to come in and do my job,” Bocanegra, who figures to partner Mario de Luna in central defense, told the league's website this week. “I want to help this team move forward, put a better product on the field and win some games. That’s the most important thing.”
Torres, on loan from Guadalajara, has played before under new Chivas coach Jose Luis Real.
“In general, I think the coaching staff is very good,” Torres said. “In terms of Real, I'm very thankful for everything that he has taught me in my career, I owe him a lot. Now I'm here to obey his orders. Now I'm here with a new team that he's leading, and I feel motivated to respond to his orders and to do things right now that he has given me the confidence to be here. ...
“I'm coming with only one word in mind, succeed, to achieve the goals and do things right. I think that it's going to be a good experience in my career, it's going to help me grow a lot, to mature professionally and on a personal level as well.”
The Goats own a 14-game winless streak, since a March 30 victory over Vancouver, and can tie the club's all-time mark by failing to get three points against TFC. The Reds (2-9-7), one of only two teams in MLS with fewer points than Chivas, are winless in only their last four games -- since a 2-1 win over D.C. United, the worst side in the league -- but have just two victories in their last 32 MLS matches and have never beaten the Goats in Southern California.