Post updated below*
If you’ve been following the Twitter frenzy this morning you know that in one fell swoop, Chivas USA may have solved their defensive issues and attacking woes today by picking up promising U.S. striker Juan Agudelo for cash from the New York Red Bulls and exchanging midfielder Michael Lahoud with the Philadelphia Union for veteran former Galaxy center back Danny Califf, multiple sources are reporting.
Neither team has officially announced the trades, which The New York Post has blogged is not quite finalized yet in the case of the Agudelo acquisition.
Chivas USA fans are rightly ecstatic about the trade, which could make Saturday’s Galaxy-Chivas USA derby a whole lot more interesting than it was at the outset of this week depending on how soon the new recruits arrive in Southern California.
The trades could be beneficial for both New York and Chivas USA (I’m betting poor Union fans wouldn’t join in with that sentiment as Peter Nowak seems intent on destroying a team he built into a contender last year).
Agudelo gets more playing time, Chivas USA gets an exciting young player capable of world class moves and a proven center back in Califf whereas Pearce was never too convincing and Lahoud never matched his potential for one reason or another.
Chivas USA plays the Red Bulls next Wednesday in New York, BTW.
Do Chivas USA fans need a reminder of Agudelo’s obvious talents? Probably not, but this is worth a peek anyway:
Meanwhile, the Galaxy (with obvious center back issues of their own) might want to note that this American center back is now available.
What do you think about the moves?
Staff Writer Phil Collin has more on the trades here.