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Wednesday, January 4, 2012
CHIVAS USA: Umaņa, Mondaini are gone

By Scott French

Chivas USA has severed ties with four players, two of them starters last season, it was reported on Major League Soccer's website.

Costa Rican defender Michael Umaņa and Argentine midfielder Marcos Mondaini have been released, and so have Mexican goalkeeper Sergio Arias and Ecuadoran forward Victor Estupiņan.

The club has not announced the changes, but head coach Robin Fraser confirmed the moves on the league website.

Umaņa, 29, has signed with Guatemalan power Comunicaciones. The center back, in his second stint in MLS, was a starter for the Goats in 2010 and the latter half of last season. He was out of contract.

Mondaini, a 26-year-old winger who made 24 appearances for Chivas on loan from Uruguayan club CA Fenix, has joined Ecuadoran club Emelec, where he played in 2006-07.

Chivas declined to pick up the option on 23-year-old Estupiņan's loan from Ecuadoran powerhouse LDU Quito and he made just nine league appearances. Arias, 23, who was on loan from Guadalajara, was the Goats' No. 3 goalkeeper and did not make a first-team appearance.