Today marks the official opening of the summer transfer window in MLS. Although Chivas USA have been very busy already without the window being open, there are expectations that the Goats will have more moves ahead.
Let's go over what's already happened officially for Chivas:
|Officially In||Officially Out|
|Carlos Bocanegra||Miller Bolanos|
|Caleb Calvert||Giovani Casillas|
Officially, the roster on the club website has 26 players at the moment (actually, 27 including Ante Jazic, but we'll talk about him in an upcoming post). That means Chivas only have three open spots to add to the roster. However, there are rumors of further departures, so we'll have to see what happens there.
The biggest issue is the position disparity on the squad at the moment:
|Position||# of Players on Roster as of 7/8|
Bear in mind that two of the current forwards on the roster, Jose Manuel Rivera and Tristan Bowen, have either played mostly in midfield or prefer to play in midfield. Another forward, Caleb Calvert, is a new professional, and it's unclear how many minutes he'll get this season.
The result is that the obvious need to fill is at striker. Given the repeated reports of Erick "Cubo" Torres coming to Chivas USA on loan, he could help alleviate the issues at that position, in addition to another rumored target, David Izazola. Neither player has any experience in MLS, and Izazola has hardly scored at the pro level, so if they do join the team, they absolutely need to hit the ground running.
There are also the rumors about more player departures. Although the rumors linking Julio Morales with a move back to Chivas de Guadalajara have quieted in recent weeks, that remains a possibility, as well as the rumor that midfielder Oswaldo Minda could be headed back to Ecuador.
If Minda does indeed leave, then there has to be a huge concern about the Goats' defensive midfielder position. Jose Luis Real essentially played without a true holding mid Sunday against the Montreal Impact, which worked for most of the game, since the Impact didn't play one either. But when Montreal coach Marco Schallibaum inserted Patrice Bernier in the second half, it completely turned the game around. Too many teams in MLS have very strong defensive midfielders, and if Chivas just want to hope for the best with the cast they have, if Minda leaves, it will be a dangerous move indeed.
At any rate, we'll stay on top of the developments throughout the open transfer window, which will remain open until August 8. Can Chivas continue to positively rebuild midseason? We'll find out soon enough.
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