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Saturday, June 18, 2011
L.A. BLUES: Add former Chivas defender

By Scott French

Former Chivas USA defender Carlos Borja will join the L.A. Blues on Monday, adding depth to a side going through an injury crisis, club vice president and head coach Charlie Naimo confirmed.

Borja, 23, has been training with Mexican powerhouse Cruz Azul after Chivas released him during preseason. The 6-foot center back made eight appearance for the Goats last year after returning to the club following a spell with Guadalajara's second team. He also was with Chivas USA in 2006 and 2007 but saw no league action.

Naimo indicated that Borja won't be available for the Blues' U.S. Open Cup second-round match Tuesday night at the Ventura County Fusion but is expected to play in next weekend's USL Pro games against the Harrisburg City Islanders on Friday at Centennial High School in Corona and Sunday at Cal State Fullerton.

Blues forwards Cesar Rivera and Akeem Priestley are sidelined, and midfielder Jhonathan Bravo is out for the season through injury. L.A. also will be missing midfielder Josh Tudela and Leonard Griffin on Tuesday after they picked up red cards in last week's first-round victory over Hollywood United FC.

The club also is awaiting FIFA paperwork on Antiguan forward Peter Byers.

Borja (Anaheim/Loara HS) played for Irvine Strikers before joining Mexican powerhouse Cruz Azul's youth academy.