Chivas USA signs experienced Colombian to shore up defense

And let’s face it, it’s the back four that is the club’s biggest problem.

So the signing of 30-year-old defender John Alexander Valencia, who has made 112 starts in 114 games for Colombian champion Atletico Junior since 2007, sounds exactly what the club needs.

“John is a player we have been scouting for some time now,” said Chivas USA General Manager Jose Domene in announcing the signing today. “He is a great defender (with a team) that just became champions in Colombia and will help reinforce our backline and help our team win.”

The club also announced the signing of 19-year-old Salvadoran midfielder Marvin Iraheta; he arrived at the club via its youth academy after it merged with Cosmos Academy West last year.

Chivas USA is training up in Oxnard and plays a friendly Friday against the PDL Ventura County Fusion.

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  • PocketKKings

    Agreed. This is a good step in shoring up the backline.

    Ante Jazic Outside Back (Starter)
    Heath Pearce Center Back (Starter)
    David Junior Lopes Center Back
    John Alexander Valencia Center Back
    James Riley (Starter)
    Jorge Villafaa Outside Back

    We still need more depth, but its a step in the right direction. I hope some of the supplemental draft pickups work out in this area.


  • studs

    Goat K-bobs anyone? 🙂

    rent’s past due!