The MLS primary transfer window closed on Monday, but Chivas USA have announced that their expected move, for midfielder Martin Aaron Ponce, has gone through. Ponce, 20, is on loan to Chivas USA from Chivas de Guadalajara, and trained with the club last week as a trial for the move.
Ponce is a product of Chivas de Guadalajara's youth system, and last featured for Chivas Rayadas. He also reportedly spent time in the youth systems of two Argentine clubs, including San Lorenzo. A Mexican youth international, Ponce played in the 2009 U-17 World Cup in Nigeria, alongside former Chivas USA trainee Antonio Rodriguez and Club America star Diego Reyes.
In speaking about Ponce last week once news of his imminent move to Chivas USA emerged, coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola said that Ponce was useful for the team because "we don't have any players like him." What exactly that means is up for debate, of course, although we may find out sooner than later.
There is still the possibility of trades taking place within MLS in the meantime, but no players can join the team from abroad until early July at the earliest, when the midseason transfer window opens. So for the next few months, this is the team.
Welcome aboard Martín! Or Aaron! I've seen you called both names!
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