It’s Been a Busy Week for Chivas USA

Two trades and a national team call up round out the week for Chivas
by Jamie Pham   |   Friday, August 29, 2014

Chivas Nation – column on Chivas USA (CUSA) & the Chivas soccer scene.

Chivas USA hasn’t won a game since July 12 when they beat Vancouver 3-1 and has been 0-5-1 in their last 6 games but this didn’t stop the team from acquiring a few new players.

Nigel Reo Coker

They acquired English midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker from the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for Mauro Rosales. Reo-Coker spent the last two years in Vancouver scoring 1 goal and 6 assists in 44 appearances. He has also played in England for Ipswich, Bolton Wanderers, Aston Villa, and West Ham United.

“Nigel is a fantastic box-to-box player that has proven to be a leader in this league,” said Chivas USA Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera. “He is an unbelievably versatile player. We feel he can help us with his defending as well as going forward in the attack. We see his experience, leadership and great technique helping us in a lot of ways.”

Jhon Kennedy Hurtado

A day later, the club announced that they had acquired defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado from the Chicago Fire in exchange for allocation money. The 30-year-old center back made 19 appearances for the Fire this year and spent 4 years in Seattle before that.

"Jhon is one of the top center backs in MLS. He is athletic, strong, very good in the air, and excellent in one-versus-one situations," stated Chivas USA Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera. "His experience and winning mentality will be a huge addition to our club."

Cubo Torres Gets National Team Call Up

Miguel Herrera released his squad for the upcoming friendlies and for the first time, Cubo Torres will be able to have a chance to represent his native country of Mexico. The team will play Chile on September 6th in Santa Clara, CA and Bolivia on September 9 in Denver, CO.

Torres has been on loan from Chivas Guadalajara last summer and already has 21 goals in 38 appearances (he currently has 14 goals this season). He credits his development to MLS saying, “I believe that MLS propelled my career. Here, MLS is a very competitive league, very strong, very demanding, and I think Coach Miguel Herrera realized that and that’s why he took me into consideration.

NEXT UP: August 31 – Chivas USA v LA Galaxy, Stub Hub Center, Carson, CA, 8 EST, MLS Live, Univision Deportes

Jamie PHAM

Pasadena City College
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Former tour manager turned sports blogger, Jamie spends loads of time reviewing the Los Angeles sports scene and is a big MLS and USMNT supporter.