Los Angeles Soccer: Dmitri Gonzalez
Chivas USA is training in San Luis Obispo County, but two of the Mexican trialists hoping to hook up with the Goats are gone.
Veteran defender Joaquin Beltran and young midfielder Dmitri Gonzalez, among five non-roster players Chivas coach Robin Fraser and his staff are looking at, left camp when the team trekked Sunday to Paso Robles.
Beltran, 33, was looking for employment after leaving Gallos Blancos de Queretaro. He also has played for Pumas UNAM, Necaxa and Cruz Azul. Gonzalez, 21, formerly was with Estudiantes Tecos.
The other non-roster players in camp are former Chivas USA winger Francisco “Panchito” Mendoza, veteran MLS pool goalkeeper Kevin Guppy (Chino Hills/Chino Hills HS and Cal State Northridge) and local midfielder Norberto Ochoa (Riverside/Riverside Poly HS), the brother of Estudiantes Tecos forward Sammy Ochoa.
Chivas will play its first preseason scrimmage Tuesday against the USL Premier Development League's Fresno Fuego, either in Paso Robles or San Luis Obispo.
Rodolfo Espinoza, Maykel Galindo and Dario Delgado are not returning to Chivas USA, coach Robin Fraser said Friday, but the club is acquiring one of Mexico's most promising young goalkeepers on loan from Club Deportivo Guadalajara.Sergio Arias, Luis Michel's backup for Guadalajara, is joining Chivas USA for the 2011 season. Fraser said “as far as I know,” the loan has been finalized, but Arias said he wants “this to be a deal very soon.”
Either way, Arias could challenge starter Zach Thornton, 37, and No. 2 Dan Kennedy, 28, for playing time, and upper management -- Guadalajara owner (and Chivas USA co-owner) Jorge Vergara -- might exert some pressure to get him on the field.
Arias, who will be 23 next month, hasn't made his first-team league debut for Guadalajara, but he has extensive youth national team experience -- he starred on the Mexican side that won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2005 -- and made 36 appearances on loan to second-tier Dorados de Sinaloa in 2007-08.
“We're getting an opportunity to get a player whose ceiling is very high and a lot of potential and he's been good places as a youth player,” Fraser said. “We're excited about seeing how he develops.”
Said Arias: “I'm very happy, very motivated to be here. … I've been waiting for an opportunity like this one for awhile.”
SO LONG: The option on Espinoza, a Mexican winger who made a big impact when he joined the club last winter, has been declined, and Chivas also has jettisoned Cuban forward Galindo and Costa Rican defender Delgado.