Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Chivas makes Marcos Mondaini official
By Scott French
Chivas USA is bringing in Argentine midfielder Marcos Mondaini on loan from Uruguay's CA Fenix, filling out the squad, at least for the moment, on Major League Soccer's roster-compliance date.
Mondaini's acquisition, it turns out, was a done deal when he arrived in camp last week. He played 29 minutes on the right flank in the Goats' 0-0 draw Friday against D.C. United.
Mondaini, 25, is from Boca Juniors' system and also has played for Emelec and Barcelona in Ecuador, Nacional in Uruguay and Atletico Nacional in Colombia.
The club expects to announce the loan deal before Tuesday's noon scrimmage against Canada's under-23 team at Home Depot Center's track and field stadium, a team official said.
Chivas has a full allotment of players -- 30, including Ghanaian defender Seth Owusu, who had not arrived in camp as of Monday -- and four trialists. Coach Robin Fraser has said Colombian defender Jimmy Asprilla is a possible signing, if he fills a genuine need. Trinidadian striker Stern John, a former MLS star who spent more than a decade in England, just joined camp, but we're hearing whispers he isn't likely to stay.
All teams must have no more than 30 players, six in developmental slots, and be under the $2.675 million salary cap.
The Galaxy, which has 28 players on its roster, are expected to make no moves.
LAHOUD HURT: Midfielder Michael Lahoud will be out for about three weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a deep cut on his right knee sustained in a collision goalkeeper Dan Kennedy in training Sunday.
Lahoud, a third-year pro out of Wake Forest, played all over Chivas' midfield under former coaches Preki and Martin Vasquez but is being groomed for the defensive midfielder role by Fraser's staff.