Chivas USA seem to have tried to rectify the trade imbalance created so far in 2013, as they announced Tuesday they have acquired midfielder/defender Gabriel Farfan from the Philadelphia Union in exchange for Chivas' 2014 first SuperDraft pick and Allocation money.
Farfan, 24, has played for the Union since 2011, when he joined the team with twin brother Michael. Gabriel has made 51 career MLS regular season appearances, as well as two playoff appearances and four in the U.S. Open Cup last year. He's played much of his time in the league as a full back, although his natural position is apparently in the midfield. Right-footed, he's played primarily on the left with the Union. He has a goal and three assists in his career, none so far this season.
Chelís clearly identified the Farfan twins as players he was interested in during the preseason. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Gabriel is generally not as highly regarded as Michael, but given the long meltdown of former coach Peter Nowak and even some of the personnel decisions made by current coach John Hackworth, it is entirely possible that Gabriel was heavily shackled in Philadelphia and could turn out to be more than a squad player with Chivas. On the flipside, his ceiling may just be as an MLS squad player, and it will be interesting to see where Chelís plays him in the lineup.
Certainly, for folks like me who have complained about how few players Chivas have obtained through league trades, this move has to be a statement that the team is still willing to make changes when necessary. And given the recent slump, experience and improvement of the roster is necessary to try and become competitive once more. The question is whether Farfan is worth what could be a very high draft pick plus Allocation money, but that is something to perhaps re-examine at a later date. Hopefully Farfan can make an immediate and positive impact on the Goats.
To read about the trade from Philadelphia's perspective, check out SB Nation Union blog Brotherly Game.
Welcome to the team Gabriel!
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