Chivas USA, already watching its MLS season dissolve on the back of a eight game winless streak, dumped goalless English striker Luke Moore today after just two starts and picked up Honduran international Martin Chavez from the Colorado Rapids and 23-year-old forward Ryan Finley from the Columbus Crew.
The Goats also sent a second round draft pick to the Crew; the 28-year-old Moore, if you care, was immediately traded to Toronto by the Rapids in exchange for 22-year-old defender Gale Agbossoumonde.
“We are very happy to add Marvin Chavez and Ryan Finley to our club as they will immediately bolster our attack,” said Chivas USA coach Wilmer Cabrera. “Chavez is one of the best wide midfielders in the League and is very versatile at creating scoring opportunities. Finley will fit perfectly in our plan as a center forward, as his mobility and approach to the game will support and complement Erick Torres’ skills up top.”
The prize for Chivas USA is most certainly Chavez, 30, who has also played for the San Jose Earthquakes and FC Dallas in MLS, but will be lost to Chivas USA for a month or so because he will represent Honduras at the World Cup.
Finley, who was most recently on loan with USL Pro outfit Dayton Dutch Lions, scored one goal and had one assist in 14 games in his rookie MLS season last year.
The tournament also gave Toronto the motivation to acquire Moore:
“With our current depth in defence we felt that the opportunity to acquire an attacking player like Luke Moore was the right decision to make at this time for the club as we approach the World Cup break,” said Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “With Luke’s experience, he will be a welcome addition to our squad and provide more options for us upfront.”