CHIVAS USA: Angel is in the fold
March, 8, 2012
By Scott French | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Victor Decolongon/Getty ImagesJuan Pablo Angel will be in uniform for Chivas USA on Sunday after signing his contract Thursday.Juan Pablo Angel will be ready to take the field when Chivas USA opens its season Sunday against Houston at Home Depot Center. The Colombian striker signed his contract Thursday, general manager Jose Domene confirmed in a text message to ESPN Los Angeles.
Domene said Angel would not occupy a Designated Player slot, for those whose salary exceeds the $350,000 budget maximum, but did not say whether the club used allocation money to pay down his salary-cap hit or that he signed a contract under the DP figure.
Angel, 36, made $1 million in base salary last season, according to figures released by the MLS Players Union. He scored seven goals in nine games for Chivas after arriving in an August trade from the Galaxy, which needed to clear a DP slot to sign Irish forward Robbie Keane.
Angel, 36, is one of Major League Soccer's deadliest forwards, with 71 goals in five seasons, the first four with the New York Red Bulls. A former star at Colombian powerhouse Atletico Nacional, Argentine giant River Plate and Aston Villa in England, he spent the entire preseason with Chivas while finalizing his contract for this year. He and Domene had reported there was one sticking point that delayed completion of the deal, but neither would identify it.
The club has provided no details on his contract. His salary won't be public until the Players Union, as is its custom, releases all of the league's figures in mid-spring.
Domene also said Chivas “will likely” sign former Cal Poly star Patrick McLain as its third goalkeeper on Friday. McLain has been battling UCLA All-American Brian Rowe for the job behind returning starter Dan Kennedy and newcomer Tim Melia.
That likely will finalize the Goats roster for the start of the MLS season. They would have 25 players on their active roster -- including forward Tristan Bowen, who is on loan to KSV Roeselare in Belgium -- with five slots available. Six remaining players have been on trial with Chivas, and head coach Robin Fraser has repeatedly introduced trialists to camp since taking over as head coach 14 months ago. More could be coming.
McLain, from Eau Claire, Wis., was a three-time All-Big West second-teamer at Cal Poly, in San Luis Obispo, and last fall posted a 0.92 goals-against average with six shutouts in 17 games for the Mustangs, who went 6-9-3.
In other MLS news:
- FC Dallas hired National Soccer Hall of Famer Fernando Clavijo as technical director. Clavijo, 56, was the starting left back for the U.S. at the 1994 World Cup and is a former head coach of the New England Revolution and Colorado Rapids. He spent much of his career in indoor soccer, playing for the L.A. Lazers in the late 1980s.
- Chicago signed Arne Friedrich, a 32-year-old defender who has made 82 appearances for German national team and played in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. He arrives from VfL Wolfsburg, which he joined in 2010 after eight seasons -- six as captain -- at Hertha Berlin. The Fire also signed draft pick Hunter Jumper, a left back out of Virginia, and former Inter Milan youth goalkeeper Paolo Tornaghi.
- Colorado left back Anthony Wallace will be out 6 to 9 months after the Achilles' tendon in his left leg snapped during training.
- New York signed four trialists: forwards Jose Angulo and Jhonny Arteaga, midfielder Brandon Barklage, and defender Tyler Ruthven.
- The Red Bulls announced a “positive outcome” in forward Luke Rodgers' meeting with the U.S. consulate in London in his quest to renew his visa, but that “there are still issues to be addressed” and that the club is “hopeful and quietly confident” he will return.
- New England placed midfielder Sainey Nyassi on the Disabled List with a left hamstring injury. He must miss the first six games before returning to the active roster. The Revolution also signed forward Blake Brettschneider, who played last with with D.C. United, and rookie midfielders Alec Purdue and Michael Roach and waived second-year midfielder Ryan Kinne and third-year forward Zach Schilawski.
- Philadelphia signed forward Cristhian Hernandez as a Home Grown Player.
- Vancouver signed midfielder Floyd Franks, who played for Whitecaps coach Martin Rennie last season with the NASL's Carolina RailHawks.
- Portland defender Mamadou “Futty” Danso will be out 4 to 6 weeks with a fractured foot, and Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Kronberg will be sidelined 4 to 6 weeks with a lower back injury.
- Former Galaxy midfielder Kyle Martino will serve as analyst on NBC Sports Network's MLS broadcasts.
- The DC Council passes a resolution calling of the District of Columbia's government to “actively take steps” to keep D.C. United in Washington.
- Tickets for Houston's inaugural match at BBVA Compass Stadium, on May 12 against D.C. United, have been exhausted.
- Former Kansas City captain Davy Arnaud will serve in that capacity for expansion Montreal. Sporting KC will be captained by goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.