Chivas USA and Galaxy Tracking Ecuadorian Defender

100 Percent Soccer has learned that both clubs have DVD’s of central defender Jorge Guaga, 28, who has made 38 international appearances for the national team and made 224 appearances over the last 10 years while scoring 13 goals for the likes of El Nacional, Coln, Emelec and Barcelona (not that one).

Guaga’s preference is to play in Southern California because of the large Ecuadorian population here.

Wanna see what Bruce Arena and Martin Vasquez are watching? Check this out:

Both Chivas USA and the Galaxy could perhaps do with a new central defender for next season, but Latin American defenders haven’t fared as well here as midfielders or forwards.

Guaga is the second Ecuadorian reportedly linked to MLS in recent days. Edwin Tenorio, a defensive midfielder who played in the last two World Cups for Ecuador, is also apparently being shopped around the league, according to the Soccer Insider blog.

BTW, I spoke with a Chivas USA official today regarding the latest reports (stop me if you’ve heard this one before) that Jaguares striker Adolfo “Bofo” Bautista, sought by CD Guadalajara, could instead head to MLS, specifically Chivas USA.

Take this one one with a large grain of salt, I was told. It all could be part of the effort to up Bautista’s price under the gentlemen’s agreement between Mexican clubs that call for a transfer fee for a player even if he is out of contract (as Bautista is). One report has Chivas offering $1.5 million, while Jaguares want $2.6 million.

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  • The Wolf

    “Latin American defenders haven’t fared as well here as midfielders or forwards.”
    Really Nick?
    Ever heard of Jamison Olave, Jon Kennedy Hurtado, or Wilman Conde?

  • Nardi Bruno

    To the Coach of USA soccer team.

    Dear Sir:
    I hoped an assignment of the matches in South Africa to be only based on a numerical draw which would pairing up the 32 teams selected only by chance forming the eight tournaments.
    By “manually” assigning therefore not drawing the strong “historical” teams in Pot-1 but only drawing the rest of the teams (24) in this 12/4/9 draw FIFA orchestrated the eight tournaments for the 32 teams like eight cages with a wolf and three chickens in each cage. Without drawing, only FIFA and no-others decided which team the strongest “historical” teams would compete with.
    The historical European teams of Pot-1 were not drawed for the assignment of the matches because odds are that the wolves would prevail on the chickens therefore FIFA increased the overall possibility that the world cup would and the $30 millions prize be remaining among the historical strong seeded teams of Pot-1.
    In a simple numerical draw the seeded teams of Pot-1 would have had the opportunity to play themselves and possibly be eliminated sooner.
    To favor intentionally the historical European teams and Brazil of Pot-1 at the expenses of all others is a scam.
    The world cup 2010 draw was rigged because some end-results were statistically predetermined on an engineered plan rather than have the teams playing their merit on the soccer field.
    By increasing the odds and favor a group of soccer teams the South Africa swindle will also affect the final winner of the world cup
    simply because the South Africa 2010 draw swindle will prevent, with absolute statistical certainty, the chickens to advance in the higher legs of the tournament and win.
    It is true that the winner must prevail on all others but statistics indicate that without doubt wolves will prevail on chickens.
    All teams outsite Pot-1 should take FIFA and together with FIFA, all teams that benefited by the scam in court.
    Primarly this should be done in order to prevent FIFA to dishonestly to manipulated the future world cup draws and correct what went wrong in the 2010 current draw.
    Sincerely,
    Bruno Nardi

  • UCLABZ

    … somebody’s not happy about there team’s group….

    Bruno, just to let you know, none of the world cups has used random seeding:

    http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/fifafacts/mencompwc/82/40/89/fs-201_12a_fwc-seededteams.pdf

  • Tacoma

    Seattle have picked up a couple of defenders from Latin America that have done quite well so far: Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Leo Gonzalez.