Chivas USA made some significant roster moves this Thursday, as they were involved in a four-team (yes, you read that right) trade, and picked up two players in the process. The Goats traded forward Luke Moore to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for winger Marvin Chavez. They also obtained forward Ryan Finley from the Columbus Crew in exchange for a conditional 2016 second-round MLS SuperDraft pick.
What's striking is that both Chavez and Finley have been unsettled in their previous clubs. Chavez was traded to Colorado in the offseason from the San Jose Earthquakes, but had played sparingly to start the season. The 30-year-old recently told a Honduran radio program that he was willing to move in order to maximize his chances of playing in the World Cup this summer. For what it's worth, he has been named to Honduras' 23-man roster, which isn't necessarily the official roster for the tournament itself, but is likely to be the group that goes to Brazil.
Meanwhile, Finley, in his second season with Columbus after being taken in the 2013 SuperDraft at 9th overall from Notre Dame, was sent to the Crew's USL PRO affiliate, the Dayton Dutch Lions, earlier this season, and that did not go over well with the player. He was benched by Dayton's coach for apparent attitude problems, something that Crew coach Gregg Berhalter confirmed. Chivas coach Wilmer Cabrera is likely willing to take a chance on him as the pair worked together on the U.S. Men's National Team U-17 team when Cabrera was in charge, and represents the latest former U-17 player to join Chivas, along with midfielder Matt Dunn and defender Eriq Zavaleta. I've also been told that Finley just may have not been a good fit in Columbus, so the change in scenery could potentially revive his prospects in MLS.
Finley has one goal and one assist in 14 career appearances in MLS, none this season. Chavez has 12 goals and 20 assists in 98 career regular season appearances, for the Rapids, Quakes, and FC Dallas.
On the other hand, Moore departs Chivas having played six competitive games, with no goals or assists in league play. Though he was starting to find his footing in the reserves, and had popped up from time to time with chances in MLS action, he really didn't seem like he was linking up well with his teammates, and frankly, seemed to lack the work rate necessary to really succeed in MLS. Perhaps a move up north will work out better for him, but he really didn't make his mark in his short time with the Goats.
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