April 14, 2012; Toronto, ON, CANADA; Another exciting young South American is coming to Chivas USA to join Bolanos. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-US PRESSWIRE
The MLS transfer deadline day passed yesterday. Often, that wouldn't mean a great deal around Chivas USA, but perhaps times are indeed changing. The Goats signed Colombian forward Jose Erick Correa, with the news being delayed by league approval measures. The 19-year old was playing for Boyaca Chico in the Colombian top flight, and is an exciting prospect. It is unclear what kind of deal this will be, as contract terms are never released, although Scott French at ESPN relayed a report out of Colombia that Chico would continue to own 20 percent of his rights. Since I'm not familiar with this arrangement of divided ownership rights in MLS, I'm not sure of the veracity of this, or whether this signing is a straight transfer or loan. I also don't know how much Correa will be paid this season, although we will probably find out next month when the MLS player's union releases salary figures.
Correa has had a hot season with Chico so far, and his strikerate of late has been six goals in seven matches, which is a very good pace indeed. If he can replicate that in MLS, he would be an absolute star, and given his age, this move to MLS could be a great opportunity for him to get some seasoning abroad before potentially making an eventual move to an even bigger league, a la Seattle's Fredy Montero. What works in Correa's favor is that he will be have other South Americans around him on the team to help him adjust, and Colombians currently make up the second-largest national group in MLS at the moment, so he could get advice from compatriots around the league. And if Correa and Miller Bolanos both pan out, it could be the exciting and young attacking duo that helps elevate from a team fighting for a playoff spot to potential competitor in a couple of seasons. Obviously, it's too early to tell on that, but it looks like Chivas are making moves to become a winning club, which is something Chivas fans will support.
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