CARSON -- Juan Pablo Angel is gone, but he's in no way forgotten among his former Galaxy mates. News that he scored in his first game for Chivas USA -- and a fine goal at that -- was greeted warmly in L.A.'s locker room after its victory Saturday night over San Jose.
Angel, whom the Galaxy had to unload to open a Designated Player slot for Irish forward Robbie Keane, finished a 36th-minute feed from Nick LaBrocca, firing precisely to the bottom-right corner from 22 yards, in Chivas' 2-2 draw at Colorado.
The goal was Angel's fourth of the season. He scored just three times in 22 appearances for the Galaxy before last week's trade down the hall and around the corner.
“I'm really happy for Juan,” said David Beckham. “I was sad to see him leave. He's a great guy. He's been a great professional for so many years. It didn't work out for him here, but I hope it works out for him at Chivas. He works so hard for the team, works for hard for himself.”
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, who also coached Angel with the New York Red Bulls, called Angel's goal “fabulous” and noted that he thought “both of our local teams have benefited this week by the acquisition of players. ... I think it's great. I'm happy for Juan.”