When a player scores 14 goals at this point in the 2014 MLS season, many would assume his team to be dominating the league. That is not the case though, for Erick Torres and Chivas USA.
Chivas sites on the bottom of the Western Conference standings with a record of 6-11-5 and 23 total points. The entire bottom half of the West are all within seven points of each other, but even the fourth and fifth place teams are not much farther along.
At the start of the 2014 MLS season, fans and critics wrote off the “goats” as any major threat. Early on though, Torres quickly became a top scorer in both regular season play and MLS Fantasy Soccer Manager. Fans quickly scooped him up and made sure he started every week, Torres could not be stopped.
Fast forward to the middle of the season. Chivas are last in the West, Mauro Rosales cannot make plays to save his life, and Torres simply cannot put the team on his back anymore.
Among all active MLS teams, Chivas has the largest gap between the team’s first and second place goal scorers. Torres has 14 goals, while second place Marvin Chavez only has two goals. The 12 goal gap is absolutely unheard of across the league. Even with all the success of Torres, the rest of Chivas is not stepping up to support him.
How much more pain can Torres handle? Not only does he need to keep scoring goals, but the supporting cast around him, mainly, Rosales and Chavez, need to step up and score as well.
Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, is playing well this season, but even he, cannot stop the barrage of shots coming at him from opposing players. Kennedy’s current save total is 56, with at least 11 more games to go. Chivas is suffering from a negative 15 goal difference, which is second worst in the league, another large reason for their continued slump.
So the question remains, are Torres’ efforts just a lot of “Much Ado about nothing?” It certainly appears to look that way. For his sake, Chivas needs to win at least four to six more games the season. If Chivas finishes in the top six, Torres will know his efforts did not completely go to waste.