Chivas USA signs second-highest scorer in Colombian league

He’s 19-year-old striker Jose Erick Correa, who most recently played for Boyac Chico FC, Chivas USA officials announced today.

“He’s a great young talent that will come and help us right away, and also learn a lot from our experienced forwards like Juan Pablo Angel and Alejandro Moreno,” said Chivas USA General Manager Jose Domene. “He is a player that is very interesting because he’s big, strong and fast. He’s young, so we look forward to having him around for many years. He is currently the second leading scorer in Colombia (Liga Postobn), when we first looked at him he was leading the league, and he just received a call up the Colombian National Team, so that is great for us and for him.”

The national team camp started Monday, Chivas USA officials said. It’s unclear when he will join the club.

Chivas USA has badly needed depth up front this season. With striker Juan Pablo Angel battling concussion symptoms for much of the year, Chivas USA has scored just four goals in six MLS games.

Correa scored six goals in 12 games in the most recent season in Colombia, two of them last Saturday.

He becomes the 32nd player from Colombia in MLS, more than any other nation.

There are 225 foreigners in MLS from 64 nations, a diversity unmatched by any other major American sports league.

The MLS transfer window closed Monday and reopens June 27. That means only free agents can be signed until then.

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  • UCLABZ

    I am sure there are more foreigners in the NHL. I think only 15% of the league is US. Maybe Canadian players are excluded in your stat since there are Canadian teams. Of course I doubt 64 nations are represented.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/soccer Nick Green

    About 24 percent of NHL players were born outside the U.S. or Canada, according to MLS.