One of the landmark signings of the offseason for Chivas USA, who have yet to sign a new manager, is midfielder Mauro Rosales who was acquired from the Seattle Sounders. Rosales spent three seasons with Seattle, scoring 12 goals and 34 assists in 86 appearances and 73 starts.
The 2011 MLS Newcomer of the year, Mauro Rosales also spent time with Argentina powerhouse River Plate (2007-2010) and Newell’s Old Boys (1999-2004), as well as Ajax Amsterdam (2004-2007). He also earned gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens with the Argentine Under-23 Men’s National Team.
Rosales was traded to the Goats in exchange for Tristan Bowen and its No. 2 allocation ranking.
“Chivas is the team that has trusted me to help with what I’ve done in my last club, Seattle,” Rosales told cdchivasusa.com. “Obviously I’m grateful for that confidence, and what the team is giving and betting on for next season. What [Chivas] wants to have next season is a great team and to get to the playoffs, which is something that everyone wants.”
Full Name: Mauro Rosales
Birthplace: Villa Maria, Argentina
Weight: 165 lbs
Last Team: Seattle Sounders FC
Acquired: Via trade on December 11, 2013
As for the young up-and-comers, two members of the Chivas USA Youth Development Academy Under-13 Team, Alex Mendez and Miguel Ibarra, are ready to leave their mark at the U.S. Club Soccer id² camp in Casa Grande, Ariz. from Dec. 12-15. The camp takes place at Grande Sports World, the home of U.S. Soccer Development Academy Champions Real Salt Lake AZ.
“I think [camp] is going to be challenging,” Mendez told cdchivasusa.com. “I want to show them how [I play] and I hope that they choose me for their other [National Team] camp with my teammates Charlie [Carlos Anguiano] and Xuxu [John Hilton]. I want be with them in the national camp in Florida and I want to make my family proud.
When asked about the Youth Development Academy, Mendez was all smiles.
“It feels great because it makes you feel like mini-professionals,” Mendez added. “They taught us discipline and doing our job; our job is to focus on us and let everyone else do their job.”
Chivas USA Under-16 defender Hugo Arellano, a native of Long Beach, Calif. is currently with the USA Under-17s at the Nike International Friendlies in Florida. The USA lost to Portugal 2-1 and wil finish the series with a match on Wednesday against the England U17 (kickoff: 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET) followed by a match on Friday against the Brazil U17 (kickoff: 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET).
Visit USSoccer.com for extensive coverage of the Nike International Friendlies.