Apparently South African-born Canadian Kevin Harmse was homesick – for Southern California.
Chivas USA acquired the 24-year-old defensive midfielder from Toronto today for allocation money.
“Kevin is a strong, technical player who can play in both midfield and defense,” said Chivas USA Coach Preki. “We’re excited to welcome him to the club and eager for him to contribute to our team.”
Harmse played 17 games for the Galaxy in 2007 before joining Toronto last year.
“Kevin requested a move back to the U.S,” said Toronto manager Mo Johnston. We tried very hard to hang on to him, but this move is what’s best for Kevin right now.”
He will join Chivas USA after he represents Canada at the Gold Cup, requiring the club to make a roster decision of some kind at that point, club officials said.
A somewhat surprising move from Chivas USA given that Paulo Nagamura is having a career season, but perhaps he’s seen as a long-term replacement for veteran Jesse Marsch.