Chivas USA making moves: Gordon, “Gringo” gone, LaBrocca arrives

Chivas USA Coach Robin Fraser became the latest coach to give up on former Galaxy striker Alan “goalless” Gordon when the club traded the Long Beach native to Toronto for midfielder Nick LaBrocca.

“Nick is an extremely intelligent, efficient player who will give us options and depth in the midfield,” Fraser said. “He’s proven himself in this league, and we’re excited to welcome him into the team.”

Here’s more on LaBrocca from the Chivas USA press release:

LaBrocca, 26, has played 89 games (81 starts) in his MLS career, scoring five goals and adding six assists, and will meet the team in Texas ahead of tomorrow’s exhibition with FC Dallas.

LaBrocca has established himself as a durable central midfielder in the past three seasons in MLS, and set a career high in assists in 2010 with Toronto FC, notching six helpers in his 28 matches (24 starts). Prior to 2010, he was with the Colorado Rapids, where he played 59 of the team’s 60 MLS games in 2008 and 2009, scoring twice in each season. He joined the Rapids in 2007, playing two MLS matches and helping the club’s reserve squad to a league championship, after a standout four-year career at Rutgers University.

In addition, Chivas USA announced today that the club has declined its contract option on Jess Padilla, a forward from San Jose who had been on loan from Chivas de Guadalajara since Aug. 2009. Padilla scored seven goals in 24 starts for the club.

He was the second-highest scorer for the club last year behind Justin Braun, perhaps prompting fans to wonder just where the goals will come from this year.

Gordon, however, was never likely to provide many.

He had one goal in nine games for Chivas USA after signing from the Galaxy, where he had just 16 goals in 99 games over seven seasons.

It doesn’t sound like even Toronto expects to see Gordon on the scoresheet much.

“Alan is a good, strong striker and can be a leader on the pitch. He is a player that wants to win,” said Toronto Coach and Technical Director Aron Winter.

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  • Studs Up

    May poor Flash Gordon find some happiness north of the border. He bleeds for the team even if he can’t score many goals. I’ll bet he’ll score more goals for Toronto than Barrett will for LA.

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    This actually is a very good trade for Chivas USA. LaBrocca was one of the few players in Toronto who showed consistent grit and versatility in the midfield, despite all the drama surrounding Preki and Mo Johnston. He won’t add a lot to the stats sheet but he will add a subtle brand of field leadership.