With news that Chivas USA have signed defender Tony Lochhead, we decided to ask somebody who watches the A-League closely about the New Zealand international. Though Lochhead played collegiately at UC Santa Barbara and in MLS with the New England Revolution, he had been down under with the Wellington Phoenix since 2007.
As a result, we asked Michael Orr, who covers the A-League for SB Nation, for an overview on Lochhead:
Tony Lochhead is a serviceable if unspectacular defender. He can certainly play left back for Chivas USA though he has been without a club since being dropped by Wellington Phoenix in June. That move was fairly surprising as Lochhead was, at the time, the club's all-time leader in games played. Though he's continued to feature with the All Whites since his release last summer, including in the first leg of New Zealand's unsuccessful World Cup playoff against Mexico.
The Wellington defense Lochhead was a key part of in 2012/13, his last season with the Phoenix, allowed 49 goals in 27 A-League games. That was second worst in the league while Wellington ‘won' the wooden spoon on goal difference, finishing tenth. Now at 32, Lochhead, who was never the fastest guy on the field, could be a step or two slower. But he's certainly experienced both at the club an international level. He played 131 times for Wellington and has 43 New Zealand caps, including all three games in the 2010 World Cup where he played in left midfield.
Michael wrote an article when Lochhead was not offered a new deal last summer. According to him, the Phoenix cleared out the roster to try and rebuild this season. Does that sound familiar, Chivas fans? A team at the bottom of the standings with a poor defensive record that is trying to rebuild?
For what it's worth, Wellington has moved up to ninth in the standings at the moment (out of 10), so it doesn't appear that Lochhead's departure unlocked the door to success or anything.
Many thanks to Michael for taking the time to discuss the newest Goat!
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