Chivas USA defender Michael Umana has signed with Guatamalan champion side Comunicaciones, according to reports. Everardoherrera.com had an interview with Umana confirming the move (in Spanish), and Goal.com (Spanish) also reporting the move today. Although a few rumors had been circulating recently about Umana possibly going to Guatemala, this move still comes as quite a surprise. After starting the 2011 season on the bench for Chivas, Umana played his way into the starting lineup for the final two-thirds of the campaign. Based on the signals the club's front office and coaching staff had given in previous player personnel moves so far this offseason, it seemed Umana was firmly in the team's plans for 2012.
Umana was one of the fortunate eleven protected in last month's Expansion Draft, at the expense of Zarek Valentin, who is of course gone after the Montreal Impact selected him. The player Umana replaced in the starting lineup, Andrew Boyens, was selected by the LA Galaxy earlier this month, so he is also gone. Mariano Trujillo is not a center back, and he could return to the team yet, but he is currently out of contract. So this latest departure leaves Chivas very bare at defense. Currently, the only defenders on the roster are Ante Jazic, Heath Pearce, James Riley, David Junior Lopes, Michael Lahoud, and if you want to include occasional defenders, Ben Zemanski and Jorge Villafana. Looks like Chivas need a center back (or two) ASAP.
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