Chivas USA signs Costa Rican defender on loan

He’s Daro Delgado, 24, a center back (and the club captain) with Puntarenas who has made five appearances for the Costa Rican National Team (guess now we know why Chivas USA Coach Martin Vasquez attended the recent Galaxy-Puntarenas friendly at Titan Stadium).

At the moment he’s still awaiting a visa; the club acquired his rights from Salt Lake City in exchange for a conditional selection in the 2012 draft.

“I am pleased to welcome Daro to our club,” said Chivas USA Head Coach Martn Vsquez. “He is a young, talented central defender who gives us both depth and options with our back line. We’ve had our eye on him for a while and we’re glad he is finally here.”

Here’s more from the Chivas USA press release:

Delgado has played his entire professional career for Puntarenas F.C., making 61 appearances and scoring six goals since making his debut with the club in 2007. The defender made his debut with the Costa Rica National Team in a May 13, 2009 friendly draw with Venezuela, and has played five matches with the team, appearing in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup as well as two matches of World Cup Qualifying.

Chivas USA fans will undoubtedly be hoping he adapts to MLS faster than his countryman and fellow centerback Michael Umana, who so far has lacked noticeable pace in the back four.

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