Colombian defender en route


Chivas USA targeted its attacking needs in Thursday's MLS SuperDraft. The Goats are dealing with their defense with another South American signing.

A deal with Colombian center back John Alexander Valencia is nearing completion, a Chivas USA source confirmed, and could be completed as the club hits the field Monday to begin preseason preparations.

Valencia, 30, has played for Colombian perennial Junior, from Barranquilla, since 2007. Previous clubs include Independiente Medellin, Atletico Bucaramanga and Romania's Otelul Galati.

The move to Chivas was first reported last week by Diario Deportes, a sports newspaper published in Barranquilla.

The Goats have only four distinct defenders on their roster -- left back Ante Jazic, center backs Heath Pearce and David Junior Lopes and right back James Riley -- and several midfielders who can play in the back.