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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
CHIVAS USA: Angel's arrival made official

By Scott French

CARSON -- What everyone knew is officially fact. Juan Pablo Angel's trade from the Galaxy to Chivas USA is official.

Both teams announced the deal Wednesday, but the deal had been completed by Monday, and the Colombian forward trained with the Goats for the first time Tuesday. He is again on the field Wednesday morning.

He will be available when Chivas visits MLS Cup champion Colorado on Saturday.

“Juan Pablo is a great pick up for us because he knows how to score goals and has scored the most goals in the league through the last five years,” Galaxy head coach Robin Fraser said in a statement. “Outside of his experience and ability on the field, he’s a classy person, and I think that another experienced classy person in our locker room is a positive. It is a win-win when you get a good player and a good person who fits into what we are trying to do. ...

“Since the first day I arrived, I’ve been asked, 'Who’s going to score goals for you?' I have said all along that we would score goals by committee, and as a group we’ve done a good job of finding opportunities, creating opportunities and finishing some. Certainly now we have a player who is renowned for scoring goals. If we continue to play well and we incorporate a player who knows his way around the box, it’s going to be a good fit.”

The Galaxy, which had to deal Angel to open a Designated Player slot for Irish forward Robbie Keane, received a third-round selection in next year's supplemental draft. Any financial component to the deal -- how much of Angel's salary L.A. will pick up -- wasn't announced.

“I hope the season is better for me compared to how it began," Angel said in the statement. "I now have the opportunity to help a team that has worked very hard to get where it is. Despite certain difficulties in the beginning of the year, this team has, little-by-little, found its best level of play. The coach has communicated his plan, and the players understand it.  I need to adapt very quickly and try to help the team earn a spot in the playoffs.”