CHIVAS USA: Finished with Giancarlo Maldonado

Chivas USA is done with Venezuelan striker Giancarlo Maldonado, declining its option in the loan agreement with Mexico's Atlante after he failed to impress during four months of Major League Soccer play.

Maldonado scored just twice with an assist in 10 MLS games, netted one goal in three SuperLiga matches, and also played in one U.S. Open Cup games with Chivas. He rarely made an impression until the final weeks of the season, when he was fully fit and seemed to have adjusted to the league's more physical, athletic nature.

Maldonado, Venezuela's all-time scoring leader with 20 goals in 53 international appearances, spent nearly a month with the Goats before a loan agreement with Atlante was reached July 7. He had burst upon the scene with 46 goals in two full seasons, with Chile's O'Higgins and Atlante, but has scored just nine league goals since.

Reports from Mexico are that Atlante might sign him rather than seek another loan deal elsewhere.